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Dallas Task Force Recommends Regulatory Reforms to Encourage Affordable Housing
Posted Date: September 29, 2004

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Is your community thinking about forming a group to
tackle the difficult issues surrounding development of
affordable housing? If so, you may want to consider
suggestions from Dallas, Texas. Mayor Laura Miller
assembled a diverse group of eighteen individuals who -
working with other stakeholders - created a report that
made a number of recommendations to the City.

The report recommends that Dallas should form a non-
profit 'land bank' that can provide relief from ad
valorem taxes on property held in the bank. The task
force also suggests that affordable housing developers be
given preferential 'fast-track' processing, and that
certain fees be waived. The group made a number of other
constructive recommendations in the study; many of them
could be readily adapted to meet the needs of your
community.

We've posted both a more detailed summary and the entire
report on our Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse website.
To learn more, go to
http://www.huduser.gov/rbc/search/rbcdetails.asp?DocId=958.

If you or your colleagues have completed a comparable
study or have addressed affordable housing issues in
other innovative ways, send us an email at
mailto:rbcsubmit@huduser.gov or call us at 800-245-2691,
option 4 so that we share your ideas and solutions with
other members of our online community. We're rapidly
approaching 7,000 members, and we're really glad you're
one of them. If you have friends or colleagues who would
benefit from participation in the Clearinghouse, please
forward this message to them on our behalf. It only takes
a minute to keep up with the latest developments in
affordable housing regulatory reform, and they can sign
up at http://www.huduser.gov/rbc/network.html.
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