House Bill 127 — County land use plan

House Bill 127 — County land use plan

by
Phil Haunschild
February 20, 2019

Bill description: HB 127 would allow counties to determine whether or not they develop a comprehensive land use plan.

Rating: +1

Does it increase government spending (for objectionable purposes) or debt? Conversely, does it decrease government spending or debt?

Under current law, all cities and counties must develop a comprehensive plan for land use. This land use plan is meant to guide the local governing bodies as they make decisions for planning and zoning and other land use policies. Planners must consider such varying objectives as protecting property rights; promoting the development of low-cost housing; encouraging the protection of resources, wildlife, and the environment; and preventing overcrowding.

Developing and updating such plans as cities and counties change can be an expensive task. Some cities and counties do not wish to plan out the development of their locality, but rather, leave it up to the private sector. For these local government, the state’s planning requirement can be an expensive use of taxpayer resources without purpose.

HB 127 would allow counties to opt out of making these comprehensive plans, thus saving taxpayer money and respecting local preferences.

(+1)

Update: This analysis reflects the amendments made to the legislation.

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