The GNV4ALL housing and transportation team has looked at a lack of affordable low- and moderate-income housing, a depressed level of home ownership among these residents and disparities in bus service for low-income neighborhoods. Ideas being considered include intergenerational housing where multiple generations of people, who may not be related, live together to support one another. Another idea was the creation of a community land trust that would specifically facilitate the purchase of property by the community and the construction of affordable housing.
The committee recommends the City of Gainesville revise its Code to allow for the construction or improvement of accessory dwellings on a limited basis (such structures or renovations to be exempt from the current prohibition), such accessory dwellings must incorporate certain aging in place and “visitability” features or improvements in or to the structure. The committee also recommends the City provide technical guidance and financial assistance for qualified applicants through an office or official specifically tasked with aging in place construction and concepts, and further provide a draft resolution or motion regarding these issues.
The committee recommends the formation of a program to coordinate current City efforts to provide financial assistance to facilitate housing options for qualified at-risk tenants with available and interested landlords (such assistance to include but not be limited to extra deposit assistance, monthly rental payments and other assistance). Such efforts should be in cooperation with the office of City Commissioner Warren and the North Central Florida Alliance for the Homeless and Hungry. Specific efforts should be made to identify and allocate financial assistance for qualified veterans.
The committee recommends establishment of a working group between GNV4ALL and the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, specifically District 1 of the Chamber. The purpose of this group is to provide strategic planning, guidance and management of private transportation options for employed residents of East Gainesville. Initially this group will coordinate with the City, Uber and potentially with area employers to provide Uber carpool transportation from specific pickup points to employees who live in East Gainesville and work in the Butler Plaza/Celebration Point area as a pilot program. The group will manage this pilot program and determine appropriate duration and expansion opportunities in addition to potential funding and revenue sources. The group will also determine feasibility and funding sources for private transportation opportunities from East Gainesville to Alachua with the strategic objective of establishing a permanent operating structure for these and other transportation programs. As appropriate, the group will encourage formation of an employee cooperative association composed of employees who use the transportation programs in order to determine additional needs and opportunities.
The committee recommends RTS revise its policy concerning construction of bus shelters and appropriate permission for private companies to fund the construction of approved shelters in exchange for the ability to provide approved advertising on or about the shelters. The committee recommends RTS solicit bids from appropriate companies to facilitate the construction of such shelters on a system-wide basis, incorporating construction standards set forth in the full report and setting forth appropriate editorial and content restrictions on advertising media.
Fare Free Routes
The committee recommends RTS establish “fare free routes” for certain approved routes within the RTS system (i.e. routes 1, 15 and 11). The committee recommends RTS solicit bids to offset costs for these fare free routes with targeted exclusive corporate sponsorship. In addition, the committee recommends expansion of service for route 75 to include additional stops/territory and the addition of more buses during operating hours.