St. Johns County commissioners will vote on a plan aimed at improving its affordable housing crisis. While St. Johns is one of the wealthiest counties in Florida, it’s among the fastest growing and has a low affordable housing inventory. Northrop Grumman and Flagler Health are struggling to find workers due to a lack of affordable housing. The failure to address this issue could impact recruitment for the sheriff’s office. As it stands, the county’s workforce housing laws are seen as too strict by home builders. Proposed adjustments include the maximum initial sales price of workforce housing moved to $260,000, reduced number of required workforce housing units in new developments, and three-year deed restriction requirement for homes for sale.
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