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Town of Smithfield, RI
Providence County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Smithfield 9-6-2005. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vacancies on boards and commissions — See Ch. 11, Art. I.
Comprehensive permits – See Ch. 68, Art. IV.
There is hereby established an Affordable Housing Advisory Board with the powers set forth in this chapter.
[Amended 2-16-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-02; 4-2-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-01]
The Affordable Housing Advisory Board shall consist of five members, appointed by the Town Council from among the qualified voters of the Town, each to serve a term of three years, with the terms so arranged that the term of at least one of the members shall expire each year. In the event of a vacancy on the Board, the Town Council shall make an interim appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term. Members of the Board shall represent the housing community, banking, real estate, business, local community organizations and/or others who have a direct interest in low- and moderate-income housing in the Town of Smithfield.
The Board shall organize annually and, by election, shall select from its membership a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary and may adopt any rules of procedure deemed necessary in discharging its duties.
[Amended 2-16-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-02; 4-2-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-01]
Three members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
The general duties and purposes of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board are as follows:
A. 
Establish short-term and long-term housing goals for the Town that include those set forth in the Smithfield Affordable Housing Plan.
B. 
Support and expand the role of nonprofit organizations in providing permanent low- and moderate-income housing in the Town.
C. 
Research properties in the Town that may be sites for low- and moderate-income housing projects.
D. 
Develop a site inventory of potentially suitable sites for rehabilitation of existing housing and adaptive re-use of nonresidential properties.
E. 
Conduct educational programs regarding low- and moderate-income housing issues within the community.
F. 
Assist the Town in developing zoning amendments contained in the Town's Affordable Housing Plan to encourage low- and moderate-income housing.
G. 
Research the need for and methods of establishing and administering an Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
H. 
Identify funding sources for the production of low- and moderate-income housing within the Town,
The Board shall be advisory in nature and shall not replace or duplicate the duties of the Town Council, Planning Board Zoning Board or Planning Department. This Board is created to act as a catalyst for affordable housing and low- and moderate-income housing initiatives within the Town of Smithfield. It is intended to assist the Town, the state, and private and nonprofit developers to provide low- and moderate-income housing in a manner that is consistent with the Smithfield Comprehensive Community Plan. The Board may seek municipal assistance through the Town Manager.
This chapter shall become effective at the expiration of 30 days after adoption.