Calanni bill addresses need to speed up building affordable housing for Houston’s ETJ
A bill which could impact affordable housing projects in the city of Houston’s extraterritorial jurisdiction has been introduced by State Rep. Gina Calanni.
Calanni, a Democrat representing Houston District 132, said House Bill 1881 “will accelerate the tax credit application process for affordable housing projects” in the city of Houston’s ETJ. The bill has not been assigned to a committee for consideration before heading to the full House of Representatives for further action.
According to the city, Houston’s ETJ is “essentially a five-mile band around the city’s general-purpose boundaries, with the exception of instances when that band intersects another municipality or it’s ETJ. Within its ETJ, Houston has limited regulatory authority.”
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City of Houston boundaries extend all the way along I-10 to just past the Grand Parkway, including Katy Asiantown and other business as the intersection of I-10 and State Highway 99.
According to a news release from Calanni, “counties and cities are required to pass a resolution of support or no objection for tax credit property applications submitted in a municipality’s ETJ. Under this legislation, the city of Houston would be exempted from this requirement and projects in Houston’s ETJ would no longer need to go to the city for a resolution.”
“HB 1881 will speed up the timeline for affordable housing projects in Houston’s ETJ, cut down on the paperwork, and remove an unnecessary requirement that slows new projects,” Calanni said.
Currently, Harris County and Houston have different criteria for issuing affordable housing tax credit resolutions that may conflict with each other, Calanni added.
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“This bill would be a great benefit to Houston and Harris County as we each develop new and higher quality affordable homes,” said Tom McCasland, director of the Housing and Community Development Department of the city of Houston. “There’s no reason for the city of Houston to create an additional layer of bureaucracy for our friends in Harris County.”
If the bill becomes law, it will take effect on Sept. 1.
Calanni represents Texas House District 132 and serves on the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee and the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee.