Low Income Housing Tax Credits & Opportunity Housing in Kansas, 2018

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation utilizes point incentives to support opportunity housing in their 2018 Qualified Allocation Plan.

Opportunity

Ten points will be awarded to a property located in a county of the State with a median income greater than the statewide non-metro average.

Applications meeting the preliminary requirements will be further reviewed for non-point criteria. Applications may be accepted or rejected based solely on the non-point criteria, which includes any development in a market area that is experiencing job growth and economic development where tax credit housing can have an impact and documented with letters from employers/city officials/economic development representatives/government officials, newspaper articles or studies.

Up to 20 points will be awarded based on site location evaluations of community support, neighborhood consistency, and site usability, accessibility, and marketability.

1. Site Usability, Accessibility, and Marketability:

A. Land cost per square foot and per unit will be determined by the program administrator and assigned points on a sliding scale beginning at five points for the lowest costs in each category.

B. Layout/Topography. Irregular, awkward sites, sites in the flood plain, sites with poor drainage, slopes, or rocky areas will score low. Square, rectangular sites with no drainage problems will score high. If the site appears to be a fill site then this should be noted and further investigation made on the nature of the fill. A remote site will score low. Sites located in wetlands or sensitive habitat areas are prohibited.

C. Utility location. Proximity to utilities should be noted. If utilities are not close and the cost of extensions will be borne by the development or if the capacity cannot handle additional load without incurring improvements paid by the development then the score will be low. The program administrator will determine this. Adverse utility location, such as a highline going through the site or if the site is close to a substation or sewer treatment plant, then this category will score low. If these factors are absent the score will be high.

D. Marketing. The visual appeal is important and will score high if there is a pleasant street appearance. Surrounding uses are important. Is this a neighborhood in which you would like to live or in which you would feel comfortable? The tingle factor is an element in this criteria.

E. Transportation/Pedestrian. Easy access to the site by car, foot or public transit will score high. This is particularly important in an elderly development. Confusing ingress and egress, a lack of stoplights or pedestrian signal/crosswalks, no sidewalks or walking area, long distance to public transportation, lack of green area will score low.

2. Neighborhood Quality

A. Growth Patterns. Applications will score high if they are located in areas with high growth, in the direction of growth or in neighborhoods undergoing demonstrated revitalization; when they are consistent with local planning, density, and surrounding structures and properly zoned. They will score low when the factors are the opposite. Remote sites will score low.

B. Adjacent Uses. Close proximity to retail, schools, medical services, hospitals, day care/support services, recreation/cultural, churches are important. The more of these that are close at hand (within a few blocks) the higher the score. A family oriented development will need schools and day care as a high priority. Job locations would also be high on the list. If schools, day care and jobs are close this category will score high. For elderly targeted developments, medical services, hospitals and other 26 services are a high priority and if they are close this category will score high. A development located close to another similarly targeted tax credit property will score low.

3. Community Acceptance

A. Acceptance. There should be a demonstration that the city and community will accept the development in which case the points will be high. Absent a showing that the housing is greatly needed and there are no other realistic sites, community and city non-acceptance will result in low points. The program administrator will determine this factor. However, if the site reviewer is accompanied by local official inquiries should be made with regards to community acceptance.

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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