Opportunities for Municipalities
Many localities are seeking ways to rapidly lower barriers to affordable housing – while expanding economic opportunities and access to skills for all in the community.
Openworld Villages provides ways for localities to achieve these goals. We offer fast-track solutions in three areas:
UPDATING OF REGULATIONS
- holding orientation briefings/workshops for local governments on attraction of EcoVillage and Tiny House Community developers
- benchmarking the competitiveness of current zoning and building codes, relative to municipalities that offer tiny house-friendly environments;
- creating a scorecard of license and permit requirements that now limit sharing economy ventures (identifying barriers to AirBnb, Lyft, Uber, TaskRabbit, etc)
- helping to draft improved ordinances;
- designing forms for web-based "eGovernment" licensing and permitting systems;
- preparing economic and fiscal impact projections for the proposed reform packages; and
- helping localities raise regional and national visibility of their adopted reforms among tiny house and EcoVillage owners.
opportunities for tax reduction
mapping tax constraints that do most to deter EcoVillage, Tiny House Community, and sharing economy startups;
- identifying opportunities for targeted tax relief, linked to the degree that HOAs and condo associations in the new areas take on responsibility for providing basic infrastructure and services; and
- preparing economic and fiscal impact projections for the targeted tax relief packages (including impacts of new job creation and increases in land values).
CREATION OF SUCCESS-SHARING land trusts and "endowment ZONES"
Wherever possible, Openworld Villages works with localities to include Community Land Trusts or similar entities as a means of enabling residents to participate in rising land values.
For municipalities interested in conveying idle sites to land trusts and similar success-sharing entities, Openworld Villages can provide the following services:
- identifying priority sites for inclusion in the land grant/land trust entity;
- drafting long-term lease/concession agreements that include beneficial interests for the provider(s) of attractive site(s);
- preparing model articles of incorporation and bylaws for formation of nonprofit or for-profit Community Land Trusts;
- developing master plans, presentation materials, and animations relating to phased growth of residential, commercial, and other land uses for the properties;
- identifying revenue-generating opportunities for the local Land Trust;
- preparing financial projections;
- designing equity-sharing or similar frameworks for volunteers in the EcoVillage, the Tiny House Community, and/or the surrounding areas to benefit from shares in the rising value of the Land Trust properties;
- recommending Endowment Zone incentives (based on the experiences of successful enterprise zones/special economic zones) that can assist in attracting investment to the area; and
- assisting in the public launch and promotion of the Community Land Trust/Endowment Zone.
The result of such changes can put economically-struggling areas on the map as locations of choice for development of self-funding EcoVillages and Tiny House Communities.