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HB 0937 - Design Standards - Another Shot at State Preemption
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Tracking Level: Oppose
Sponsor: Vance Smith
Last Action: 2/26/2020 - House Committee Favorably Reported
House Committee: Agriculture and Consumer Affairs
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

This preemption legislation, following on the heels of HB 302 and SB 172, prohibits cities and counties from regulating any building material, product or construction practice for single-family homes if these are approved in the state minimum standard codes - unless permission is granted from an advisory committee at DCA through a lengthy building code amendment process. Residential building design standards for aesthetic purposes would not be allowed (even with the DCA committee's permission) since the only local building code amendments allowed under state law must be based solely on local climatic, geologic, topographic, or public safety factors.  ACCG opposes state preemption of local land use decisions, to include design standards, believing these decisions are best made at the local level by county commissioners elected by, and accountable to, the communities they serve.

To view ACCG and GMA's talking points on HB 937, please click here.    

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