VETO Damaging Bills

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URGE GOVERNOR DESANTIS TO VETO DAMAGING BILLS RELATED TO PLANNING AND PAYING FOR GROWTH

Please join us in urging Gov. DeSantis to veto a series of damaging bills, passed by the House and Senate during the 2021 Florida legislative session. These bills would further limit our communities’ abilities to manage and pay for growth, with serious economic, environmental, transportation, community resilience and other impacts for all Floridians.

Each of these bills is listed below, and for each bill you check an individual email will be sent to Gov. DeSantis urging his veto.

Unfortunately, Gov. DeSantis has signed HB 337 on impact fees into law, so messages no longer need to be sent on that.

Copy and paste the link at the top of this page to email the petition to friends and associates. You may also use the link below to share the petition on Facebook.

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    HB 421 & HB 1101 on "property rights" will have a chilling effect on the ability of local governments to enforce their comprehensive plans and land development regulations and adopt new provisions related to community resilience and other critical issues. While Florida already has among the strongest property rights laws in the nation, this bill makes local governments even more vulnerable to legal challenges over planning decisions. It also will have a very chilling effect on local governments that want to better plan to avoid future development in areas at high risk for sea-level rise and flooding.

    Impacts: Increased taxes due to local governments being required to pay large settlements for numerous legal challenges; less planning protection for natural lands and waters; a declining quality of life; and reluctance to plan for community resilience due to local government concerns about potential legal challenges and settlement costs.  See 1000 Friends’ veto request on HB 421 & HB 1101 to Gov. DeSantis.
    HB 487 on small-scale amendments will reduce oversight of proposed development projects. Currently, the State acts as a “back-stop” with the ability to review certain developments for their impacts on the environment, public services and quality of life. HB 487 would increase by five-fold the size of developments that can skip a thorough state review — as many as 50 acres in urban areas and 100 acres in rural areas.

    Impacts: Due to this legislation, there will be less opportunity for citizens and state agencies to raise questions about environmental, transportation and other impacts of proposed development, and see those concerns remedied without filing a legal challenge. See 1000 Friends’ veto request on SB 487 to Gov. DeSantis.
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