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patrick.russell

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At the April 26, 2017, QAP Roundtable, TDHCA staff and stakeholders discussed the Opportunity Index, §11.9(c)(4) of the Qualified Allocation Plan. At this meeting, staff and stakeholders discussed what exactly constitutes opportunity and also explored possible revisions to the Opportunity Index for 2018.

To facilitate this ongoing discussion, we have posted the 2017 Opportunity Index below. Looking ahead to the 2018 QAP, staff invites you to propose possible revisions and edits to the current Opportunity Index. What items need further clarification? What opportunity amenities should be removed, and what amenities should be added? Should the Department consider weighting these amenities differently, according to how integral they are to opportunity? Lastly, if a jobs-related scoring item were to be incorporated into the QAP, in what section would it fit best and how could the Department best use that data (e.g., an item similar to Proximity to Urban Core but for employment centers)?

Existing Opportunity Index:

(4) Opportunity Index. The Department may refer to locations qualifying for points under this scoring item as high opportunity areas in some materials.  A Development is eligible for a maximum of seven (7) Opportunity Index Points.

(A) A proposed Development is eligible for up to two (2) opportunity index points if it is located in a census tract with a poverty rate of less than the greater of 20% or the median poverty rate for the region and meets the requirements in (i) or (ii) below.

(i)The Development Site is located in a census tract that has a poverty rate of less than the greater of 20% or the median poverty rate for the region and an income rate in the two highest quartiles within the uniform service region.  (2 points)

(ii) The Development Site is located in a census tract that has a poverty rate of less than the greater of 20% or the median poverty rate for the region, with income in the third quartile within the region, and is contiguous to a census tract in the first or second quartile, without physical barriers such as highways or rivers between, and the Development Site is no more than 2 miles from the boundary between the census tracts. For purposes of this scoring item, a highway is a limited-access road with a speed limit of 50 miles per hour or more; and, (1 points)

(B) An application that meets the foregoing criteria may qualify for additional points (for a maximum of seven (7) points) for any one or more of the following factors. Each facility or amenity may be used only once for scoring purposes, regardless of the number of categories it fits:

(i) For Developments located in an Urban Area, an Application may qualify to receive points through a combination of requirements in clauses (I) through (XIII) of this subparagraph.

(I) The Development site is located less than 1/2 mile on an accessible route from a public park with an accessible playground, both of which meet 2010 ADA standards. (1 point)

(II) The Development Site is located less than ½ mile on an accessible route from Public Transportation with a route schedule that provides regular service to employment and basic services.  For purposes of this scoring item, regular is defined as scheduled service beyond 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus weekend service. (1 point)

(III) The Development site is located within 1 mile of a full-service grocery store or pharmacy.  A full service grocery store is a store of sufficient size and volume to provide for the needs of the surrounding neighborhood including the proposed development; and the space of the store is dedicated primarily to offering a wide variety of fresh, frozen canned and prepared foods, including but not limited to a variety of fresh meats, poultry, and seafood; a wide selection of fresh produce including a selection of different fruits and vegetables; a selection of baked goods and a wide array of dairy products including cheeses, and a wide variety of household goods, paper goods and toiletry items. (1 point)

(IV) The Development is located within 3 miles of a health-related facility, such a full service hospital, community health center, minor emergency center, emergency room or urgent care facility.  Physician specialty offices are not considered in this category. (1 point)

(V) The Development Site is within 2 miles of a center that is licensed by the Department of Family and Protective Services specifically to provide a school-age program or to provide a child care program for infants, toddlers, and/or pre-kindergarten (1 point)

(VI) The Development Site is located in a census tract with a property crime rate of 26 per 1,000 persons or less as defined by neighborhoodscout.com, or local data sources. (1 point)

(VII) The development site is located within 1 mile of a public library (1 point)

(VIII) The Development Site is located within 5 miles of a University or Community College campus. To be considered a university for these purposes, the provider of higher education must have the authority to confer bachelor’s degrees.  Two-year colleges are considered Community Colleges.  Universities and Community Colleges must have a physical location within the required distance; online-only institutions do not qualify under this item.  (1 point)

(IX) Development Site is located in a census tract where the percentage of adults age 25 and older with an Associate's Degree or higher is 27% or higher as tabulated by the 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year Estimate. (1 point)

(X) Development site is within 2 miles of a museum that is a government-sponsored or non-profit, permanent institution open to the public and is not an ancillary part of an organization whose primary purpose is other than the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, or artistic value. (1 point)

(XI) Development site is within 1 mile of an indoor recreation facility available to the public (1 point)

(XII) Development site is within 1 mile of an outdoor recreation facility available to the public (1 point)

(XIII) Development site is within 1 mile of community, civic or service organizations that provide regular and recurring services available to the entire community (this could include religious organizations or organizations like the Kiwanis or Rotary Club) (1 point)

 

(ii) For Developments located in a Rural Area, an Application may qualify to receive points through a combination of requirements in clauses (I) through (XII) of this subparagraph.

(I) The Development site is located within 4 miles of a full-service grocery store or pharmacy.  A full service grocery store is a store of sufficient size and volume to provide for the needs of the surrounding neighborhood including the proposed development; and the space of the store is dedicated primarily to offering a wide variety of fresh, frozen canned and prepared foods, including but not limited to a variety of fresh meats, poultry, and seafood; a wide selection of fresh produce including a selection of different fruits and vegetables; a selection of baked goods and a wide array of dairy products including cheeses, and a wide variety of household goods, paper goods and toiletry items.  (1 point)

(II) The Development is located within 4 miles of health-related facility, such a full service hospital, community health center, or minor emergency center.  Physician specialty offices are not considered in this category. (1 point)

(III) The Development Site is within 4 miles of a center that is licensed by the Department of Family and Protective Services specifically to provide a school-age program or to provide a child care program for infants, toddlers, and/or pre-kindergarten (1 point)

(IV) The Development Site is located in a census tract with a property crime rate 26 per 1,000 or less, as defined by neighborhoodscout.com, or local data sources.  (1 point)

(V) The development site is located within 4 miles of a public library (1 point)

(VI) The development site is located within 4 miles of a public park (1 point)

(VII) The Development Site is located within 15 miles of a University or Community College campus (1 point)

(VIII) Development Site is located in a census tract where the percentage of adults age 25 and older with an Associate's Degree or higher is 27% or higher as tabulated by the 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-year Estimate (1 point)

(IX) Development site is within 4 miles of a museum that is a government-sponsored or non-profit, permanent institution open to the public and is not an ancillary part of an organization whose primary purpose is other than the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, or artistic value. (1 point)

(X) Development site is within 3 miles of an indoor recreation facility available to the public (1 point)

(XI) Development site is within 3 miles of an outdoor recreation facility available to the public (1 point)

(XII) Development site is within 3 miles of community, civic or service organizations that provide regular and recurring services available to the entire community (this could include religious organizations or organizations like the Kiwanis or Rotary Club) (1 point)

 

SallieB

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We would absolutely prefer that the Board readopt the current QAP at the August meeting (with only modest revisions) over a modified QAP that isn't adopted until later in the fall. Thank you.
C Palmer

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I thought there were some very good ideas put forth at the Roundtable, including:

1.  expanding Urban Core to include within 2 miles for cities over 100,000.
2.  taking out the associates degree points (VIII above) since the data is not accurate, as discussed by Darrell Jack.
3.  remove the museum points.
4.  clarify that if a park has both indoor and outdoor facilities you can take both points.
5.  For rural areas male pharmacy and grocery store separate point items.
6. consider points for previously filed applications that did not recieve an award (language from the 2012 QAP.
bkean

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Please consider removing the museum criteria.  This is an irrelevant criteria in affordable housing rental decisions.  Proximity to a bank or convenience store/gas station would be a better choice.  Additionally, the definition of a museum in the QAP is subject to various interpretations.
ajcarpen

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I suggest removing the highest number of opportunity index items as a tiebreaker item. Some of the items as listed in the 2017 QAP are too subjective to be the deciding factor in many areas, especially when there are documentation questions and concerns from Staff. I believe tiebreaker items need to objective, without interpretation, and obvious when looking at sites and competing applications.
allgeier

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Get approved QAP and rules to the governor earlier and move the preapp date later so the industry has more time to vet sites and obtain required local support.

Off site accessible routes to playgrounds and bus stops needs to be removed.  Short a physical inspection by an experienced accessibility expert the route can't be verified.  are the slopes less than 1:20, is the sidewalk wide enough, if steeper does the path meet ramp requirements?  Just use a distance as a requirement.  That's easier to verify.

Museums and libraries aren't features limited to high opportunity areas.  Retail is.  Increase the retail options and eliminate museums which are hard to define and libraries. 
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