Planning and Development Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-7090

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING RESPONSIBLE GROWTH.

Vote Date:

3/23/2007

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/14/2007

File No.:

471

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Governor's Smart Growth bill

REASONS FOR BILL:

To promote statewide responsible growth.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Office of Policy and Management – Michael J. Cicchetti, Deputy Secretary “The Governor is committed to striking a balance between the need for economic growth and preserving the unique character of our state and it's precious natural resources.”

Department of Environmental Protection – Gina McCarthy, Commissioner “This bill provides several mechanisms necessary to support the Governor's responsible growth efforts.”

Department of Agriculture – F. Philip Prelli, Commissioner “HB 7090 establishes a task force that is intended to assist policy makers in long term planning for the state.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Partnership of Strong Communities – Diane Randall, Director “Without diluting the municipal control that our state residents value, HB 7090 employs an overlay of regional cooperation and coordination that allows all stakeholders a say over developments that have regional impact.”

Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments – John Filchak, Executive Director “HB 7090 builds on the Governor's commitment, which NECCOG shares, for responsible growth in Connecticut.”

League of Women Voters Connecticut – Margaret Wirtenberg, Land Use Specialist We “applaud the Governor's Office of Responsible Growth for taking significant stpes to strengthen the planning process as it deals with important problems associated with uncontrolled development.”

100 Friends of Connecticut – Heidi Green, President This bill “includes many of the recommendations may by 100 Friends of Connecticut, a statewide broad-based, politically, professionally, and politically diverse, smart growth education and advocacy organization.”

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities – Ron Thomas, Manager of State and Federal Relations “CCM commends the Governor for her leadership in putting forward a proposal that seeks to develop a smart growth strategy for the state. Implementing a comprehensive smart growth policy is a long-time CCM top priority, and the state has waited too long to move on it.”

Capitol Region Council of Governments – David Kilbon, Chairman “Through coordination, consistency reviews and the strengthened regional planning efforts proposed here, Connecticut will benefit from responsible growth.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Home Builders Association of Connecticut, Inc. – Bill Ethier, Executive Vice President & General Counsel “As we and others have argued over many years, many so-called smart growth policies are not very smart. Renaming these policies “responsible” does not mean they necessarily will be.” “Our basic concern with the approach of this legislation is the potential additional bureaucracy that will be created by increasing the role of regional planning agencies in reviewing what development is taking place in our municipalities. We are not sure what this will really accomplish. We also believe this review and comment role is the wrong charge to give RPAs and COGs.”

Reported by: William L. Jenkins

Date: March 26, 2007