The amendment, House Bill 136 would make three important changes to Idaho’s Local Land Use Planning Act (LLUPA)
Decision Makers: Idaho House Local Government Committee
Topic: The amendment, House Bill 136 would make three important changes to Idaho’s Local Land Use Planning Act (LLUPA)
UPDATE (March 15, 2013): It appears that this bill has been held in committee. Thank you to everyone who submitted letters in opposition to this short-sited and harmful bill!
Please take 5 minutes now to urgently ask the Idaho House Local Government Committee to Vote “NO” on House Bill 136
House Bill 136, an amendment to Idaho’s Local Land Use Planning Act (LLUPA), would make three important changes:
1. It would make land use planning optional,
2. It would require that any changes to comprehensive plans or land use ordinances be approved by voters; and
3. It would require the establishment of Property Rights Councils to be established in any city or county doing land use planning.
READ VARD's LETTER OF OPPOSITION HERE (pdf format)
What could happen if HB 136 becomes law?
- If your local government abandoned land use planning, your neighbor could build a tire burning facility or some other undesirable land use and ruin your investment and your quality of life;
- Your community would be required to run a costly and time consuming election for any changes to their plans or code, from design guidelines to changes that improve the public’s health and safety;
- Your community would have another layer of government, leading to inefficiencies and poor use of tax dollars;
- Your community could see an increase in taxes to cover the extra government required by this bill.
Valley Advocates for Responsible Development and other similar non-profit groups in Idaho believe in providing predictability and fairness in land use planning. HB 136 does neither. Please send an email to the House Local Government Committee to Vote “NO” on HB 136 in order to keep our Idaho communities great places to live.
Email: You must include your name and address in your email. Send your written opposition to HB 136 to firstname.lastname@example.org. (A personal email with your name and address is the best method of sending your comments to the committee members! Emails without your contact info are discarded.)
Idaho State Legislature on the Web: http://legislature.idaho.gov/about/capitoladdress.htm
Phone: (208) 332-1147
Please act today. We cannot afford to have land use planning be optional.