SC Staff Report
City Council will have public hearings starting at 9:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, on two ordinances – increasing the area median income for below market rate housing and prohibiting electric bicycles and scooters on the Shared Use Path.
Under proposed Ordinance 19-005, the area median income will increase from 120 percent to 160 percent in order to “broaden the potential pool of worthy (Below Market Rate Housing) applicants.” During a BMRH Subcommittee meeting in April, raising the AMI was discussed extensively before it was recommended through planning commission to council.
Community Housing & Resources Executive Director Melissa Rice told the subcommittee there are three vacant units due to them being designated as “very low income” by HUD standards, but could be available to more families as workforce housing. “That (very low income) category dictates that you must make $14,000 to $20,000 per year, so it is very hard to find someone who makes that little amount of money on Sanibel,” she said.
The second proposed ordinance will prohibit electric bicycles and scooters on the Shared Use Path. It reads, in part, “a person may not drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a bicycle path, sidewalk, or sidewalk area, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.”
The ordinance states that the city’s desire to prohibit such vehicles on the Shared Use Path is due to increased traffic on the paths, the growing number of serious accidents involving such vehicles and the use of them on the paths constitutes a threat to life, safety and welfare of citizens.