Thursday, April 9, 2020

Please call Governor DeSantis and ask him to veto Senate Bill 410!

SB 410 is a bill that will further weaken Florida’s already crippled growth management laws that attempt to provide for the intelligent use of the state’s lands. SB 410 passed both the Florida House and Senate and will go to Gov. DeSantis to become law UNLESS he vetoes it. 

Please call Governor DeSantis at (850) 488-7146 and ask him to veto Senate Bill 410!

This bad bill will:

·       Turn growth management upside down.
·       Steer funding to M-CORES for planning.
·       Require new “property rights” element to be included in all comprehensive plans.
·       Require automatic approval of utility application to use right-of-way if 14-day deadline is not met (regardless of impact on community)

SB 410 continues last session’s corruption of the underlying principle that a comprehensive plan is the law and everything else – permits, zoning, development orders – is subservient to the plan. This benefits developers and robs citizens and communities of the ability to choose what kind of place they want to live in.

The bill also eliminates the applicability of county-wide land use regulations to cities in the county, if the city has adopted its own comp plan. This would affect sixty of the state’s sixty-seven counties and would mean regulations like Alachua County’s Low Impact Development regulation would no longer apply in that county’s cities unless they adopt their own.

And the bill provides that Development of Regional Impact (DRI) agreements can be amended by the same process used to amend development orders. DRIs are projects that impact residents of more than one governmental jurisdiction and have been made weaker and weaker over time. SB 410 just about eliminates them altogether.

Over the past 10 years the Legislature has dismantled Florida’s once praised growth management laws, and this bill continues that destruction. To fully appreciate how problematic this bill is requires some context; check out some examples here.

Please call Governor DeSantis at (850) 488-7146 and ask him to veto Senate Bill 410!