The 2011 Regular Session of the Louisiana State legislature has convened. This is an odd numbered year so the number of non-fiscal matters will be limited. I have reviewed the “Bill Index” dated 5/3/11 and noted a number of bills that may be of interest to Planning Directors.
The most significant seems to be SB125 which proposes to create “the Housing and Transportation Planning and Coordinating Commission within the office of community development (OCD) in the division of administration and provides that the primary purpose of the commission will be coordinating the integration of the planning and spending by local governments, parish governing authorities, redevelopment authorities, housing authorities, and the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) on housing and transportation needs.” SB125 also sets out a 16 member board (including a representative of the state Chapter of APA and requires a statewide housing plan, including a parish-by-parish assessment of housing once every five years.
In what could be seen as a housekeeping move, SB249/HB590 would roll the functions of the Louisiana Housing Finance Authority, the Road Home Corporation, the Louisiana Land Trust, and the Louisiana Housing Corporation into a single agency charged with the responsibility of providing access to decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing and transfers that responsibility to the newly created Louisiana Housing Corporation.
SB233 proposes to create the Louisiana Infrastructure Bank Fund, to fund or assist in funding "eligible infrastructure projects" of public entities through a revolving loan fund, to be capitalized by federal grants, state funds when required or available, and other funds generated by the operation of the fund.
HB 456 proposes to extend the La. Enterprise Zone Act to include transit-oriented multifamily
developments that meet the following requirements.
(1) It is a mixed-use development that includes multifamily housing.
(2) It involves the new construction or conversion of an existing structure.
(3) It will result in new direct construction spending of not less than $10,000,000.
If you see a piece of legislation that could have an impact on the planning profession, do not hesitate to let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put out the heads up for all.
Sidney Fontenot, AICP
Planning Directors’ Council