It isn't a big bill, but it's a good start. An Act Concerning Land Use Appeals passed in the House today. With your help, this is just the beginning! Take time to encourage your legislator to support the following priority bills.
Reach your legislator by calling during business hours:
Senate Democrats: 860/240-8600
Senate Republicans: 860/240-8800
House Democratic Leadership: 860/240-8500
House Democratic Rank and File: 860/240-8585
House Republican Leadership: 860/240-8700
House Republican Rank & File: 860/340-8787
BILLS THAT REQUIRE STATE PLANS AND PROJECTS TO MEET SMART GROWTH CRITERIA.
HB 6467 An Act Concerning Smart Growth and Plans of Conservation and Development = 1. defines smart growth, 2. establishes smart growth principles, and requires their full integration in state economic, development, land preservation, and transportation plans and 3. local and 4. regional conservation and development plans.
House Calendar 376
HB 6464 An Act Concerning Coordinated Preservation and Development = requires the Responsible Growth Steering Council to screen farmland preservation, open space, historic preservation and brownfield grant-funded projects for compliance with smart growth principles.
House Calendar 374
HB 5267 An Act Concerning the Use of Small Town Economic Assistance Program Funds to Convert Prime Farmland to Nonagricultural Uses = prohibits STEAP grants from converting prime farmland to any other use.
House Calendar 318
BILL THAT FACILITATES REMEDIATION AND REUSE OF CONTAMINATED PROPERTIES.
HB 6097 An Act Concerning Brownfields Development Projects = 1. allows brownfield remediation and redevelopment of historic mills within the floodplain so long as a) new development is within the existing footprint, b) residential units are above the floodplain; 2. establishes a remediation timeframe and 3. relieves some liability.
House Calendar 238
BILL THAT ENCOURAGES CITIES AND TOWNS TO COOPERATE REGIONALLY.
HB 6585 An Act Concerning Regionalism = allows a portion of the sales tax to be shared on a regional basis so long as the regions meet criteria including adopting a regional comprehensive economic development strategy.
House Calendar 309
1000 Friends also supports: SB1033 An Act Establishing a Tax Credit for Green Buildings; HB 6466 An Act Concerning Projects of Regional Significance; HB6588 An Act Concerning Training for Local Land Use Commissioners; HB 6387 An Act Concerning Small Town Economic Assistance Program; SB 735 An Act Concerning Bicycle and Pedestrian Access.