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Daily Legislative Brief from February 27, 2018

Economic Development

SB 324 - Relating to Impact Fees

On Tuesday, February 27th, SB 324 by Senator Dana Young (R-Tampa) was heard before the Senate Committee on Appropriations and passed.

During this committee stop, amendment 532634, offered by Senator Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) was adopted. This amendment strips the language in the bill relating to sector plans, providing that sector plans be treated in a similar fashion to other development projects when implementing impact fees.  AIF’s Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster Bevis, spoke in opposition this amendment.

The bill provides that an impact fee adopted by ordinance of a county or municipality or by resolution of a special district must, at minimum, specify that the impact fee be collected no earlier than the issuance of the building permit for the property that is subject to the fee.

SB 324 will go on to the Senate floor to be heard.

AIF supports legislation that ensures the same protections to sector plans against demanding payment or construction of facilities beyond those needed to service the development.