Local News

County seeks residents to serve on housing committee

SEBRING - Highlands County is seeking residents to serve on the recently reactivated Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.

This is an 11-member committee created by Ordinance 93-11 to review the established policies, procedures, ordinances, land development regulations and adopted local comprehensive plan of the county and recommend specific initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing.

"This has certainly been an area of much discussion recently in Highlands County, and I am personally excited to re-establish the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee," said County Commissioner Don Elwell, board liaison for the committee. "The committee's input and recommendations will be very helpful to the commissioners as our county's approach toward affordable housing continues to evolve."

All 11 seats are available for residents actively engaged in the following areas of interest: the residential home building industry; the banking or mortgage banking industry; representatives of those areas of labor actively engaged in home building; advocates for low-income persons; for-profit providers of affordable housing; nonprofit providers of affordable housing; real estate professionals; individuals currently serving on a local planning agency; representatives of various employers within the county; county residents; and essential service personnel employed in the education system, government, medical or health services, public safety, utility workers or building trades.

The Highlands County Board of County Commissioners will appoint the members, including alternate members. Terms are two years.

"We will accept applications through April 30," said Community Programs and Administrative Project Manager Chris Benson, who was recently assigned responsibility to oversee the county's housing programs. "We hope to raise as much awareness in the community and compel residents to volunteer to serve on this advisory board."

For more information, contact Benson at (863) 402-6510 or cbenson@hcbcc.org. Applications are available online at http://hcbcc.net/section/index .php.