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Live Local Act Changes ‘Favorable To Developers’ Approved, But Battles Likely To Rage On

The Florida Legislature passed broad changes to its year-old affordable housing law, closing what many developers and land use attorneys saw as loopholes that allowed local governments to block projects while adding more rules that municipalities could potentially leverage to hold back projects. The Florida House of Representatives passed the changes by a 112-1 vote […]

“Beneficial to developers”: Florida Legislature approves tweaks to Live Local Act

Amendments loosen floor area ratio restrictions for projects with affordable rentals Florida lawmakers approved changes to the Live Local Act that are expected to benefit developers planning affordable housing projects. The state House on Wednesday passed a slew of tweaks with a 112-1 vote, three weeks after the Senate first approved the changes. The legislation won’t […]

Newly amended Live Local Act bill heads to state Senate for a vote

Among the proposed amendments are tax abatements for landlords and parking breaks for projects near train stations. Tax abatements for landlords and parking breaks for projects near train stations are among the provisions of an amended Live Local Act bill headed to the Florida Senate for a vote. The SB 328 bill was proposed by […]

Florida’s Live Local Act Has People Picking Sides

Developers love the affordable housing law — the first of its kind in the nation — for the same reasons that local officials are starting to loathe it. Even its critics think Florida’s Live Local Act is working. In fact, they think it’s working too well. Local politicians are concerned that the new state law […]

Tall Tower Tussles

Florida’s new law promotes affordable housing. Local leaders hate it. South Florida’s got an affordable housing shortage. And why wouldn’t it? An unprecedented migration of wealth and business has flowed into the state, sending demand for homes and rentals soaring — as well as prices. Developers are exuberant, building ever more lavish and pricey units […]

A Texas Win In Takings Dispute ‘Could Have A Chilling Effect’

While U.S. Supreme Court justices may very well overturn a lower court ruling in a Texas takings dispute, a decision in favor of the state could open the floodgates for states across the country to avoid making payments in alleged takings disputes, experts say. Justices earlier this week heard oral arguments in Devillier v. Texas, […]

Developers Clamor to Build Along South Florida’s Passenger Rail Lines

‘We’re still seeing a lot of demand to be close to a Brightline station.’ South Florida’s intercity passenger train service was barely two years old when the COVID-19 pandemic suspended operations for 20 months. That pause in Brightline service hasn’t derailed developers determined to build projects near train stations. “We’ve sold several sites that are […]

Proposed Live Local Act amendments would remove industrial, restrict height bonuses

The Live Local Act has been hailed by some developers and economists as a means of encouraging the development of more affordable housing. A Miami-Dade state senator has proposed a series of amendments, some of which will limit or restrict developers’ ability to utilize the zoning benefits of the Live Local Act. State Senator Alexis […]

Workforce housing units coming to Delray Beach

Flo will have 116 units with 23 designated to workforce housing A new multi-family development is in the works in Delray Beach that will provide workforce housing units. It’s called the Flo and will have a total of 116 units with 23 designated to workforce housing. DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — A new multi-family development is […]

What They’re Saying About South Florida Real Estate

Law360 (December 21, 2023, 5:58 PM EST) — As the year closes, Law360 Real Estate Authority checked in with attorneys, developers, brokers and other professionals for their views on what 2023 meant for the South Florida market and what they are anticipating for 2024. The region was not spared economic headwinds that swept the nation, […]