BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1340
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
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02:30 PM -- HB 16-1340
The committee returned from recess. Senator Crowder announced that Senator Scott was in another committee presenting a bill and that testimony on House Bill 15-1340 concerning county planning commission approval requirement exemption would be opened in Senator Scott's absence.
Under current law, if a county or regional planning commission has adopted a master plan for all or part of the county or region, then any authorization for or construction of public spaces or buildings in an unincorporated territory of the county, including roads, parks, and public utilities, must be approved by the planning commission. This bill specifies that a planning commission does not need to review a proposed project that is permitted under existing zoning laws or is contemplated by a plan, including the county's master plan, a proposal, or an application that has already been approved by the planning commission.
02:32 PM -- Casey Tighe, Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners, spoke in support of the bill and discussed the current county planning commission approval process. He also responded to questions from the committee about the role of county planning commissions, current practices of some county planning commissions, and whether the bill was necessary.
The chair closed testimony. The bill was laid over unamended and tentatively scheduled for action only on April 26, 2016.
The committee adjourned.