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Sunday, 07 April 2013 21:44

Maintain Local Control

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OPPOSE SB972 — 1000 Friends of Florida continues to OBJECT to this bill because it curtails local governments’ ability to deal with transportation impacts associated with new development.  It would MANDATE (1) local governments choosing to retain transportation concurrency to include a “pay and go” provision and (2) that those choosing to opt out of transportation concurrency in favor of some alternative, such as mobility fees, must also include a “pay and go” provision.  Pay and go means that if a developer is willing to pay a proportionate share of the cost to make improvements, the local government is prohibited from denying a project solely due to transportation impacts.  We have argued that this decision should be made by each local government, and not mandated as a one-size-fits-all solution.  APRIL 3 UPDATE: The bill passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee on April 2 and has only a single stop remaining in the Rules Committee.  So far the argument that this intrudes into local home rule authority, which the Association of Counties agrees, is not having any impact, but we will make the argument again at this last committee stop.    The House companion, HB319, has cleared all of its committees and is going to the floor for a final vote. We will advise you on the best date to contact your Representative.  A new concern was surfaced over what is included in “transportation impacts” regarding what is or is not covered in proportionate share calculations. ACTION NEEDED:  Please contact members of the Senate Rules Committee as soon as possible as it will probably take up the bill in the next few days.  Let them know you OPPOSE SB972 and that you prefer your local government to make this choice, not Tallahassee!




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A progressive advice column must deal with at least two areas of life. One is the interaction of relationships, the every day moving about of families and couples, individual growth and the struggles we all go through as we pass through time. The second area is how culture, laws, religion, and social constructs affect our daily living. For example, “How do I deal with my Christian fundamentalist brother?” or “How do I introduce my family to my partner of four years knowing they supported Amendment Two?” Some of the issues we deal with are unique and I hope in this column our community finds a place to deal with that uniqueness. There have been moments in my life where a word, a comment from some one at the right time made a difference in how I saw a situation and the decisions I made. The older I become the more I realize the wisdom in listening. Decisions that seem important, or seem unimportant, can influence years of a persons life.

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