Councilman Lucas Policy Issues
Each month, Council addresses a number of key issues in community. Serving on more committees than any other member of Council, I often either sponsor, cosponsor, or support legislation. I share a few of my proposals here.
Affordable Housing Policy:
Recognizing the need to address the inadequate supply of quality and affordable housing in Kansas City and ongoing policy concerns, Councilman Lucas has introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at ensuring all Kansas Citians have quality housing choices that can meet their income levels. As Chair of the Housing Committee, Councilman Lucas also remains engaged in the City’s effort to develop a long-term affordable housing policy for all Kansas City neighborhoods.
Ordinance 180370 – Setting a rent level at or below the median individual income in Kansas City as a requirement on projects seeking taxpayer-supported incentives based on affordability determinations.
Ordinance 171031 – Creating a policy providing sales tax breaks on affordable housing projects to encourage the construction of further quality affordable housing in Kansas City.
Tax Incentive Reform:
On October 6, 2016, the City Council voted 9-4 to pass an ordinance limiting tax incentives to 75%. Exceptions to this cap may be granted if the project qualifies for Jobs-Based or Site-Based “High Impact” designation as determined by the AdvanceKC Scorecard, derived from the City Council’s Economic Development and Incentive Policy, or if the project is located in a severely distressed census tract that has continuously maintained such status for not less than ten (10) years immediately prior to the effective date of the request.
KCI Project Transparency and Accountability Legislation
Beginning in May 2017, Council reconsidered the terminal modernization issue at Kansas City International Airport. In an effort to share information with the public, Councilman Lucas authored or introduced several legislative actions and memoranda that reasserted the public and Council’s right to information so that the public would have adequate information about the KCI project.
Resolution 170635 – Requiring disclosure to the public of proposer answers to certain follow-up questions and information received as part of the selection committee process.
Resolution 170552 – Permitting attendance of councilmembers in selection committee evaluations to engender greater public understanding of the selection committee process and to avoid claims of secrecy within process.
Nondisclosure Memorandum – Stating that rules creating more secrecy in selection process were inconsistent with city ordinance and Missouri case law requirements.
Proposed Street Vacation Policy Updates
Given the ongoing need to ensure that vacations of streets and public right-of-ways are done in a manner that ensures adequate consideration of community mobility, neighborhood continuity, and respect of public infrastructure investment and planning, Councilman Lucas has worked with the City Planning and Development Department to craft a new street vacation policy. The proposed text amendment is scheduled to be heard at the City Plan Commission on October 17, 2017. Councilman Lucas welcomes comment directly to his office or the Department of City Planning and Development.