Melissa Tapanes Llahues Appointed to The City of Hialeah’s Affordable Housing Task Force

February 2, 2024

Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin and Tapanes proudly announces the appointment of Melissa Tapanes Llahues to the City of Hialeah’s Affordable Housing Task Force, where she was elected Vice Chair during the Task Force’s inaugural meeting held this past Monday. Council President Jesus Tundidor was elected to lead the Task Force as its Chair.  With a population exceeding 200,000 residents and a growing influx of immigrants, Hialeah faces pressing needs for accessible housing solutions, a challenge Tapanes Llahues is poised to address with her wealth of experience and commitment to community welfare.


At its inaugural meeting, the Task Force outlined a comprehensive agenda aimed at assessing and enhancing Hialeah’s affordable housing landscape. Among the key initiatives discussed were:


  • Review of Affordable and Workforce Housing Regulatory Regimes and Incentives: Identifying opportunities to streamline regulations and incentivize the development of affordable housing projects.
  • Inventory of City, County, State and Federal Land Holdings within Hialeah Municipal Boundaries: Assessing available land resources for potential affordable housing developments.
  • Review of City Code related to Unsolicited Proposals and Request for Proposals related to Public Private Partnerships: Exploring avenues for public-private collaboration in addressing affordable housing needs.
  • Review of City Area Median Income and other Demographics: Understanding the socioeconomic dynamics that shape housing affordability in Hialeah.
  • Review of City housing supply and supply demand data: Analyzing housing market trends to inform strategic planning and resource allocation.
  • Review of housing supply permitting pipeline: Identifying barriers and opportunities in the housing development process.


Melissa Tapanes Llahues’ election as Vice Chair reflects her esteemed reputation as a dedicated advocate for equitable housing policies and community empowerment. Her leadership will be instrumental in guiding the Task Force’s efforts to develop innovative strategies and foster partnerships that expand access to affordable housing for all residents of Hialeah.


Bercow Radell Fernandez Larkin & Tapanes is a leading land use, zoning and environmental law firm that offers counsel in comprehensive planning, growth management, zoning, permitting and environmental approvals, among other areas. It represents clients before local and state agencies, and provides a full range of litigation services on land use, zoning and environmental matters.


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