City Expands Neighborhood Empowerment Zones Eligible for Waived Construction Fees and Redevelopment Incentive Programs
City Council established five Neighborhood Empowerment Zones (NEZ) in 2013 to promote redevelopment in the City’s older neighborhoods. All construction fees for commercial and residential properties located in these empowerment zones are waived, including building permit fees, impact fees, platting fees, and project permit fees. Since the creation of the NEZ program, more than 3,000 building permits have been issued, resulting in more than $1 million in waived permit fees and more than $70 million in private investment, all for the improvement of the surrounding community.
Homeowners and homebuilders with a property located within a zone are also eligible for grants through the City’s Neighborhood IMProvement in ACTion (IMPACT) initiative, which include the Single Family Rehabilitation Incentive, Single Family Demolition/Rebuild Incentive, and Minor Home Repair Program.
“These empowerment zones and redevelopment programs play an integral role in simultaneously maintaining our community and supporting sustainable, affordable housing in Carrollton,” Marc Guy, Assistant City Manager for Public Safety and Development Services, said. “By increasing the number of homes eligible for grants within our IMPACT initiative, more homeowners will now have the opportunity to create the home they’ve always dreamed of for their families.”
Through the Single Family Rehabilitation Incentive, property owners can receive up to 25 percent in reimbursements with a maximum incentive of $20,000 for projects such as landscaping, driveways, facades, windows, exterior doors, porches, roofs, fences, retaining walls, and more on homes that are at least 5 years old. Incentives are limited to exterior improvements with a minimum private investment of $1,000 for site and screening elements and $4,000 for building elements. Projects must be approved before construction begins. A single payment is made upon verification of completion of the project.
The Single Family Demolition/Rebuild Incentive provides monetary incentives to homeowners or homebuilders who demolish an existing single-family home within 12 months of grant approval – up to 100 percent of the cost of demolition – and rebuild a new home on the same lot within 24 months. The incentive also includes a single rebate payment equal to seven years of City property taxes for new construction valued at less than $300,000, or 10 years of City property taxes for new construction valued at more than $300,000. A higher reconstruction incentive may be applied to a lot where a house was demolished without participation in the grant program.
Through the Minor Home Repair Program, income-qualifying homeowners within a zone can receive up to $7,500 for essential repairs needed to bring their home into compliance with City code. Eligible repairs can be completed on the interior or exterior of the home, or on the property itself. To be eligible, properties must meet all environmental restrictions and regulations and cannot be located in the 100-year floodplain or floodway.
Neighborhood IMPACT has been designed as a one-stop shop concept for all things related to neighborhood integrity.
“By expanding the neighborhood empowerment zones, our goal is that even more residents will be empowered to reinvest in their homes and make a difference in their neighborhoods and community,” Environmental Services Director Scott Hudson said.
The five neighborhoods added to empowerment zones 1, 2, 4, and 5 are within the parameters of the current NEZ profiles regarding average housing values, renter occupancies, infrastructure conditions, and age of housing.
For more information about the City’s neighborhood empowerment zones and grant programs, and to find out if your property is eligible, visit cityofcarrollton.com/impact or call 972-466-4299.