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File #: 1874-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/22/2022 In control: Housing Committee
On agenda: 7/25/2022 Final action: 7/27/2022
Title: To amend the Northland Community Reinvestment Area to make modifications to align with the updates located in Chapter 4565 of the Columbus City Codes; and to set forth the circumstances under which a combined parcel resulting from the combination of a parcel within the original CRA boundaries and parcel(s) outside of the original CRA boundaries will be deemed to be within the CRA.
Attachments: 1. Exhibit A Northland CRA, 2. Exhibit B Northland CRA, 3. Exhibit C Northland CRA

Explanation

In 2018, the City adopted a new residential Community Reinvestment Area policy based on the 2016 study from HR&A that evaluated the effectiveness of real property tax abatements.  Chapter 4565 of the City Code was established by Ordinance 2184-2018 that outlines the eligibility requirements to apply for and receive a tax abatement on property used for residential purposes.  Chapter 4565 of the City Code also requires the City to evaluate the policy and CRA categorization every 3 years.  The Northland CRA needs to be updated to reflect the recent changes made to Chapter 4565 of the City’s Code.  This ordinance will modify the Northland Community Reinvestment Area by adjusting its boundaries; modifying the percentage and term of abatements to correspond with certain housing designations; include a provision to address lot combinations; and will modify the start date for certain area designations. These changes also align with the updates approved by Council to Chapter 4565 of the Columbus City Code.

 

Title

To amend the Northland Community Reinvestment Area to make modifications to align with the updates located in Chapter 4565 of the Columbus City Codes; and to set forth the circumstances under which a combined parcel resulting from the combination of a parcel within the original CRA boundaries and parcel(s) outside of the original CRA boundaries will be deemed to be within the CRA.

 

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WHEREAS, the council of the City of Columbus (hereinafter "Council") desires to pursue reasonable and legitimate incentive measures to assist and encourage development in specific areas of the City of Columbus that have not enjoyed reinvestment from remodeling or new construction; and

 

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 1698-78, approved August 3, 1978, authorized the Department of Development to carry out a Community Reinvestment Program, pursuant to Sections 3735.65 to 3735.70 of the Ohio Revised Code, and approved certain administrative procedures for the program; and 

 

WHEREAS, Ordinance 1107-2020 created the Northland Community Reinvestment Area and authorized real property tax exemptions within it, as provided per Ohio Revised Code; and

WHEREAS, the City of Columbus has established a goal of fostering private sector investment to build mixed income neighborhoods dispersed throughout the City; and

WHEREAS, in 2018 the City developed an incentive policy to encourage development of affordable housing through targeted economic development incentives, including real property tax abatements, throughout the City; and

WHEREAS, the Northland CRA, created in 2020, must be updated to reflect the 2022 changes made by Council to Chapter 4565 of the City’s Code per Ordinance 1843-2022; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:

 

Section 1. Council finds and determines that the area within the Northland CRA is one in which housing facilities or structures of historical significance are located and new housing construction and repair of existing facilities or structures are discouraged. Council also finds and determines that amending the Northland CRA is in the City’s best interest and will incentivize the construction or remodeling of affordable housing within this area designation. Per Sections 2-4 below, the addition of new language to prior legislation is underlined, and deletions are marked as stricken.

Section 2. That Section 2 of Ordinance 1107-2020 is hereby amended to read as follows:

Pursuant to ORC Section 3735.66, the Northland Community Reinvestment Area boundary is hereby established in the following described area:

 

Bounded generally by Community Park Drive on the north, Cleveland Avenue on the east, E. Dublin-Granville Road on the south, and the Sharon Woods Boulevard on the west and more specifically described using the center line of the streets listed as follows:

 

• Beginning at the intersection of Maple Canyon Avenue and Community Park Drive;

• Thence easterly along the Community Park Drive to Cleveland Avenue;

• Thence southerly along Cleveland Avenue to E. Dublin Granville Road;

• Thence westerly along E. Dublin Granville Road to Sharon Woods Boulevard;

• Thence northerly along Sharon Woods Boulevard to Hampstead Drive;

• Thence easterly along Hampstead Drive to Beechcroft Road;

• Thence northerly along Beechcroft Road to Sharon Woods Boulevard;

• Thence northerly along Sharon Woods Boulevard to Jewett Drive;

• Thence easterly along Jewett Drive to Maple Canyon Avenue;

• Thence northerly along Maple Canyon Avenue to Community Park Drive, the place of beginning.

 

In addition to this description of the boundaries, the Community Reinvestment Area is also approximately depicted as the area on the map marked Exhibit B, attached to this Ordinance, and on the list of parcel numbers marked Exhibit C, both of which are incorporated herein. In the event that an owner of a parcel within the Community Reinvestment Area combines a parcel within the Community Reinvestment Area with an adjoining parcel(s) outside the Community Reinvestment Area,  the resultant combined parcel shall be deemed to be within the Community Reinvestment Area only if:  (1) the parcel that was within the Community Reinvestment Area prior to the parcel combination constitutes at least fifty percent of the total parcel area of the combined parcel; (2) the parcels were combined into the parcel number listed in Exhibit C to be included in the Community Reinvestment Area; and (3) the parcel(s) that were combined with the parcel inside of the Community Reinvestment Area are all contiguous with and adjacent to the parcel within the Community Reinvestment Area.

 

Only properties that are residentially zoned pursuant to the Columbus City Codes or are located on a parcel for which a variance permitting residential use has been granted will be eligible for exemptions under this program. For purposes of ORC Sections 3735.65 to 3735.70, rental housing, including without limitation rental housing located in a structure containing multiple residential housing units, is classified as residential.

 

The housing survey for the area described hereinabove is attached to this Ordinance and marked as Exhibit A. The area of the Northland CRA is approximately depicted on the map attached to this Ordinance, marked as Exhibit B. The parcels within the Community Reinvestment Area are listed in Exhibit C. Each of these Exhibits by their reference are incorporated herein.

 

Section 3.                     That Section 3 of Ordinance 1107-2020 is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

A tax exemption on the increase in the assessed valuation resulting from improvements as described herein shall be granted upon proper application by the property owner, filed with the Housing Officer no later than two years after construction completion, and certification thereof by the designated Housing Officer for the following periods:

 

(a) For a Development Project involving the remodeling of a structure containing not more than two (2) family units, upon which the cost of remodeling is at least two thousand five hundred dollars ($2500) or twenty percent (20%) of the assessed value of the structure, whichever is more:

 

                     One hundred percent (100%) for fifteen (15) years for Affordable Housing Units (as defined in Columbus City Code (“CCC”) Section 4565.02) in areas designated Ready for Revitalization Areas and Market Ready Areas, subject to and contingent upon the owner of the structure and the City entering into a written agreement as described in CCC Section 4565.07, or 4565.08, prior to the commencement of construction or within an extended time-frame thereafter subject to the approval of the Development Director. The abatement is revocable upon the first owner transferring title to the structure to a third party following the first owner’s initial occupancy.

 

                     One hundred percent (100%) for fifteen (15) years if the in areas is designated Ready for

Opportunity Areas, Ready for Revitalization, or Market Ready.

 

(b) For a Development Project involving the remodeling of a structure containing not more than three (3) family units upon which the cost of remodeling is at least five thousand dollars ($5000) or twenty percent (20%) of the assessed value of the structure, whichever is more:

 

                     One hundred percent (100%) for fifteen (15) years for Affordable Housing Units (as defined in CCC Section 4565.02) in areas designated Ready for Revitalization Areas and Market Ready Areas, subject to and contingent upon the owner of the structure and the City entering into a written agreement as described in CCC Section 4565.07, or 4565.08, prior to the commencement of construction or within an extended time-frame thereafter subject to the approval of the Development Director. The abatement is revocable upon the first owner transferring title to the structure to a third party following the first owner’s initial occupancy.

 

                     One hundred percent (100%) for fifteen (15) years if the in areas is designated Ready for Opportunity Areas, Ready for Revitalization, or Market Ready.

 

(c) For construction of a new structure containing not more than three (3) family units:

 

                     One hundred percent (100%) for fifteen (15) years if the in areas is designated Ready for

Opportunity Areas or Ready for Revitalization.

 

                     One hundred percent (100%) for fifteen years for only if all units within the structure are

Affordable Housing Units (as the term Affordable Housing Unit is defined in CCC Section 4565.02(A)) if the in areas is designated Ready for Revitalization Areas or Market Ready Areas, subject to and contingent upon the owner of the structure and the City entering into a written agreement as described in CCC Section 4565.07, or 4565.08, prior to the commencement of construction or within an extended time-frame thereafter subject to the approval of the Development Director. The abatement is revocable upon the first owner transferring title to the structure to a third party following the first owner’s initial occupancy. revocable upon transfer of title to the structure or units by the owner if not in conformity with deed restrictions for affordability. For structures containing three (3) family units, one (1) Affordable Housing Unit must be affordable to occupants whose annual household income is up to eighty percent (80%) AMI, and two (2) Affordable Housing Units must be affordable to occupants who annual household income is up to one hundred percent (100%) AMI. For structures containing two (2) family units, one (1) Affordable Housing Unit must be affordable to occupants whose annual household income is up to eighty percent (80%) AMI, and one (1) Affordable Housing Unit must be affordable to occupants who annual household income is up to one hundred percent (100%) AMI. For structures that constitute one affordable housing unit, the Affordable Housing Unit must be affordable to occupants whose annual household income is up to eighty percent (80%) AMI.

 

(d) For a Development Project involving the remodeling of a structure or construction of a new structure containing four (4) or more family units upon which the cost of remodeling is at least five thousand dollars ($5000) or twenty percent (20%) of the assessed value of the structure, whichever is more:

 

                     One hundred percent (100%) for fifteen (15) years if the area is designated Ready for

Opportunity.

 

                     One hundred percent (100%) for fifteen (15) years if the in areas is designated Ready for Opportunity Areas, Ready for Revitalization Areas and or Market Ready Areas, subject to and contingent upon the owner of the structure and the City entering into a written agreement as described in CCC Section 4565.07, or 4565.08, or 4565.09 prior to the commencement of construction or within an extended time-frame thereafter subject to the approval of the Development Director.

 

Designation of the Northland Community Reinvestment Area as a Ready for Opportunity Area, a Ready for Revitalization Area, or a Market Ready Area shall be made by the Development Director pursuant to CCC Section 4565.03.

 

The tax exemptions provided for herein shall further be governed by the terms and conditions contained in Chapter 4565 of the Columbus City Codes, including any amendments thereto, as well as the requirements contained in Sections 3735.65 to 3735.70 of the Ohio Revised Code, including the minimum investment requirements set forth herein.

 

To receive an abatement as provided herein, the applicant for the Development Project must provide documentation that it has received a Certificate of Appropriateness, or other similar approval from the City, ensuring the residential project meets the City subdivision standards for the type of residential project being constructed or remodeled.

 

The tax exemption provided hereunder is senior to any tax exemption provided pursuant to ORC Sections 5709.40 or 5709.41.

 

Section 4. That transition to the amendments in  Section 3 above  are effective when all necessary building permits have been issued on or prior to August 31, 2023, or when the Development Project has closed on all project construction financing and obtained at least 50% of the project’s building permits by August 31, 2023.

 

Section 5. All other provisions of Ordinance Number 1107-2020 regarding the Northland Community Reinvestment Area remain effective as adopted prior to this ordinance.

Section 6. That a Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council shall be created, consisting of two members appointed by the Mayor of the City of Columbus, two members appointed by the Council of the City of Columbus and one member appointed by the Planning Commission of Columbus. The majority of those members shall then appoint an additional member who resides within the CRA. Terms of the members of the Council shall be for three years. An unexpired term resulting from a vacancy in the Council shall be filled in the same manner as the initial appointment was made for the remainder of the term of the vacated seat. Pursuant to R.C. 3735.66, Council designates the City’s Development Director as the Housing Officer as defined in R.C. 3735.65(A).

Section 7 The Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council shall make an annual inspection of the properties within the district for which an exemption has been granted under R.C. Section 3735.66. This Council shall also hear appeals under R.C. 3735.70.

Section 8. Upon passage, the Clerk of this Council is directed to forward a copy of this Ordinance to the Franklin County Auditor for information and reference. The Clerk of this Council is further directed to cause notice of the passage of this Ordinance in a newspaper of general circulation in the City once a week for two consecutive weeks immediately following its passage, as required by Section 3735.66 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Section 9. Not later than sixty days after passage of this Ordinance, the Director shall petition the State Director of Development Services to confirm the findings described in this Ordinance. The petition shall include all documents and information required by R.C. 3735.66

Section 10. This Council further authorizes and directs the Mayor, the Clerk of Council, the Director of Development and/or other appropriate officers of the City, to prepare and sign all agreements and documents and to take any other actions as may be appropriate or necessary to implement this Ordinance. 

Section 11. That this Ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest date allowed by law.