Read MoreSummary of Settlement Agreement
- Modifies the City’s zoning ordinance to ensure compliance with existing law, specifically the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Creates a clear process for persons with a disability to request a reasonable accommodation; City staff will be trained on Fair Housing requirements.
- Through a competitive process the City will fund at least one permanent supportive housing project.
- Ability Housing will be provided $400,000 to reimburse a portion of out-of-pocket costs and legal expenses; Ability Housing total losses and costs are over $2,000,000.
Recent Coverage of the Settlement Agreement
February 17, 2017 Editorial: Settling discrimination suit is the right move Read More @The Times Union
February 23, 2017 Planning Commission Approves Springfield Zoning Changes Following DOJ Lawsuit Read More @News WJCT
February 27, 2017 Springfield Residents Urge City To Take Ability Housing Fight To Court Read More @News WJCT
February 28, 2017 Settlement agreement heads to council that will impact Jacksonville zoning Read More @Jacksonville Business Journal
March 1, 2017 Changes to zoning laws, Historic Springfield draws dozens to City Council Read More @Jacksonville Business Journal
March 23, 2017 Thursday’s Editorial: City Council needs to approve Ability Housing settlement Read More @The Times Union
March 23, 2017 Settlement triggers confusion Read More @ The Daily Record
April 11, 2017 Springfield Overlay zoning change legislation draws scrutiny in public notice meeting Read More @ The Florida Politics
April 22, 2017 Settlement on housing suit hits a snag Read More @ The Times Union
May 23, 2017 City Council OKs housing discrimination lawsuit with Justice Department Read More @ The Times Union