Low Income Housing Tax Credits & Transit in Georgia, 2019

Georgia's 2019 Qualified Allocation Plan awards points for transit oriented development

The cost limits for historic rehabilitation projects that qualify for scoring points under Historic Preservation and/or transit-oriented development projects that qualify for the full 6 points under Community Transportation Options will be limited to 110% of the applicable cost limits.

Points will be awarded for transportation options according to the criteria below. Note that on-call transportation services are not eligible for points in the Flexible Pool. Applicants may claim points in A or B, but not both.

All Community Transportation Options must also meet the following criteria:

·         Transportation service must be publicized to the general public (website or published brochure).

·         Transportation service must be available to all residents of the proposed development/site.

·         Transportation route must have a local route. Routes that only run direct or express will not qualify.

DCA will measure required distances from the geo-coordinates of the pedestrian site entrance to the proposed transit stop. DCA will not identify and/or measure any route other than the route submitted in the Application to determine whether points should be awarded to the Applicant. For Scattered Site Projects, each non-contiguous parcel must meet the above criteria.

TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (Up to 6 Points)

Five (5) points will be awarded to Flexible Pool Applications proposing a site owned by a local transit agency which has been strategically targeted by the agency to create housing with on-site or adjacent access to public transportation. The agency-owned site must rest along a transit line that follows a fixed route and fixed daily schedule available to the public every day of the week.

OR

Four (4) points will be awarded to Flexible Pool Applications that propose a site within one (1) mile walking distance of a transit hub. DCA will define transit hub as a station that has three (3) or more bus routes, rail options, and/or other affordable mass transit options. The hub must rest along a transit line that follows a fixed route and daily schedule serving the public no less than 5 days per week.

o   One (1) additional point will be awarded to Flexible Pool Applicants awarded points in A1 or A2 above that serve a Family tenancy.

ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (Up to 3 Points)

For items 1-4 below, the service must serve the public no less than 5 days per week. For items 1-3 below, the stop must also rest along a transit line that follows a fixed route and daily schedule.

Three (3) points will be awarded to Flexible Pool Applications that propose a site within a 0.25-mile walking distance of an established public transportation stop.

OR

 Two (2) points will be awarded to Flexible Pool Applications that propose a site within a 0.5-mile walking distance of an established public transportation stop.

OR

One (1) point will be awarded to Flexible Pool Applications that propose a site within a 1-mile walking distance of an established public transportation stop.

Two (2) points will be awarded to Rural Pool Applications demonstrating that a publicly operated/sponsored and established transit service (including on-call or fixed-route service) will provide a reliable and available transportation option to all residents of the development. If the rural transportation option is a fixed-route service, the stop must be within a 0.5-mile walking distance of the site. If the transportation option is on-call, the service must be available on-site.

Contributed By: 
National Housing Trust

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