THE LIVE LOCAL ACT: IMPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY
Published September 27, 2023
For centuries, the
concept of altruism has been a guiding principle, underpinning the
very foundations of our communities. Aiding others, especially in
times of need, has always been considered noble. Yet, good
intentions don't always result in positive outcomes, a lesson
underscored by the recent implementation of the Live Local Act in
As a community
association management company, we can start thinking about the
potential implications of the Live Local Act. Introduced to tackle
Florida's pressing housing crisis, this Act, fortified with a hefty
$811 million budget, brings forth several developer incentives.
However, the provision that curtails local governments from
intervening in zoning, density, and height regulations raises
Here's why community
associations should be concerned:
Disruption: Many managed communities have cultivated a particular
aesthetic over the years. The Act might usher in high-rise buildings
that don't mesh with the existing visual fabric, potentially
diminishing property values or community allure.
Strain: A sudden influx of residents, as a result of large-scale
affordable housing projects, could strain local resources, from
roads to schools.
3. Local Autonomy:
The Act limits the community's voice. Residents and their
associations may be unable to influence decisions that directly
Dynamics: A community's established norms, rules, and dynamics can
be disrupted. Associations may need to revisit bylaws and community
guidelines to accommodate the changes.
Cities like Doral and
Miami Beach are already pushing back. As advocates for community
cohesion and balance, we believe in a more collaborative approach.
While the state's goal to provide affordable housing is commendable,
it's vital to ensure that local community needs and characteristics
In conclusion, our
stance is not necessarily for or against the Live Local Act.
Instead, we aim to highlight the challenges that arise from these
blanket-type laws. One-size-fits-all legislation often overlooks the
unique intricacies of individual communities. While the broader
objective might be noble, it's crucial to recognize and address the
potential unintended consequences on a local scale. As community
association managers, our priority is to ensure that the communities
we serve are prepared and informed to navigate whatever changes such
legislation might bring.