On Wednesday, the Housing, Land Use, and Development (HLUD) Committee met to discuss several important issues the Chamber is monitoring.
First, the Committee received an update from Jillian Bandes, of Bandes Construction, on the YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) campaign to increase the supply of attainable housing through zoning and ordinance changes. Bandes explained many of the solutions sought by YIMBY are expected to be included in the St. Pete: 2050 plan but lamented the details have not been released.
Liz Abernethy, Director of Planning and Development Services with the City, explained the 2050 plan is currently high level goals and strategies that will lead to specific policy change recommendations later this Spring.
The Chamber has a Task Force dedicated to studying the 2050 Plan and making recommendations before final adoption.
The committee then turned to a discussion regarding a change to state law made in House Bill 1339. One provision of this bill allows local jurisdictions to “approve the development of housing that is affordable,…on any parcel zoned for residential, commercial, or industrial use.
The committee has asked staff to investigate the intent of this language and report back on the findings before the committee takes a position.
Participation in the HLUD Committee is open to all Chamber members. If you would like to join our next meeting on February 9th, please contact Matt Lettelleir at firstname.lastname@example.org.