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AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS: PROVIDING AFFORDABLE UNITS WITHIN THE LIMITS OF LOCAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT REGULATIONS

by PARRISH, BRADLEY K.

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Controlling urban growth involves accommodating market forces while preventing the spoil of sprawl (Knaap 2000). Keeping a viable economy and preserving the environment is a balancing act with which planning agencies must contend. Due to concerns over the capacity of the environment to absorb growth and concerns with a safe hurricane evacuation the Florida Keys adopted stringent development controls to regulate the rate and location of growth. However, the tourist based economy in the Florida Keys requires a significant low to moderate income labor force, the high cost of housing excludes many families from the local housing market, and stringent growth control policies make it difficult to provide affordable units. This research paper explores the problems with providing affordable housing within the strict growth management policies of the Florida Keys. The research methodology provides a rational for the provision of affordable units from the limited number of annually allocated residential building permits. The research found that more than 5,000 additional housing units are needed to accommodate current demand and that 26 percent may require housing assistance. However, the total remaining housing allocations is 250 units for the county. The remaining allocations cannot alone accommodate the demand for housing let alone for low income households. The existing housing supply is sufficient to accommodate demand; however, many of these are seasonal homes for residents living outside of the county. The recommendations include the provision of additional building permit allocations and the conversion of existing housing such as transient units into affordable units.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:affordable housing florida keys growth management rogo residential rate of ordinance hurricane evacuation fkccs carrying capacity study community planning thesis

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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