Tension between Lake County government and Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter has subsided after county officials agreed to use state funds to cover impact fees for nonprofits building affordable housing.
The nonprofit previously announced it would build homes exclusively in Sumter County to dodge more than $10,000 in impact fees on single-family homes in Lake. The fees are used to help defray costs associated with growth such as new schools, roads and parks.
Prohibited by law from outright waiving the fees, officials unanimously approved of a plan this week to set aside State Housing Initiative Program funds to cover the cost of impact-fee waivers for nonprofits building single and multifamily homes.
Kent Adcock, Habitat’s president and chief operating executive, was pleased with the plan and happy to continue building in the county.