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AGATE Phase 2 SNPLMA Affordable Housing Conveyance Completed


On Monday, Dec 8th, BLM received the full purchase price of $90,000 (a 95% discounted sale price of the appraised fair market value of $1.8 million) for the 5 acre SNPLMA Affordable Housing project, "Agate Phase 2" sale parcel (N-92955).  Upon receipt of the purchase price funds, BLM delivered the Agate Phase 2 land sale patent to complete the conveyance. The State of Nevada Housing Division (Patentee) recorded the patent on Dec 9th.


The Agate Phase 2 project began with a direct land sale application received in spring 2014, by the BLM from the Housing Division. The application was for the conveyance of a 5-acre public land parcel for the development of a newly constructed 188-unit rental affordable housing complex for seniors and seniors with special needs, with at least 10% of the units having a preference for qualifying Veteran households.  The Housing Division was under pressure for this land conveyance to be completed prior to the end of calendar year 2014, or risk the loss over $22 million in public and private funds.  The BLM was supportive in expediting the land conveyance processing timeframe as requested by the Housing Division. With the help and support of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); the Office of the Regional Solicitor; the Department of the Interior, Office of Valuation Services (OVS); and the BLM Washington Office (WO), Nevada State Office (NSO), and the Southern Nevada District Office (SNDO), we were successful in finishing the conveyance earlier than the target completion date.

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Section 7(b) of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA) Act contains the following provision:

The Secretary [of the Interior], in consultation with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, may make available, in accordance with section 203 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, land in the State of Nevada at less than fair market value and under other such terms and conditions as he may determine for affordable housing purposes. Such lands shall be made available only to State or local governmental entities, including local public housing authorities. For the purposes of this subsection, housing shall be considered to be affordable housing if the housing serves low-income families as defined in section 104 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 12704).

Section 104 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 12704) states:

The term `low-income families' means families whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the median income for the area, as determined by the Secretary [of Housing and Urban Development] with adjustments for smaller and larger families, except that the Secretary may establish income ceilings higher or lower than 80 percent of the median for the area on the basis of the Secretary's findings that such variations are necessary because of prevailing levels of construction costs or fair market rents, or unusually high or low family incomes.

The BLM Nevada State Director has issued guidance on the policies and procedures for affordable housing.  If you wish to review the NV Guidance, please follow the informational links below.


Previous Affordable Housing Land Sales

N-81870 Harmon Pines

N-82856 Arby

N-91073 Agate

Last updated: 12-22-2014