Planning and Development Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-5254

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING EXTENDING THE TIME OF EXPIRATION OF CERTAIN LAND USE PERMITS.

Vote Date:

3/13/2009

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/18/2009

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Representative Fritz, 90th Dist.

REASONS FOR BILL:

A bill to extend the time of expiration of certain land use approvals.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Bill Ethier, CAE, Chief executive Officer, Home Builders Association of Connecticut, Inc.:

We support this bill because it allows for the extension of the initial five year expiration to eight years for certain already approved site plans, subdivisions or inland wetland permits. Obtaining these approvals for extensions have proven to be costly and timing consuming for both private and government applicants. The three year extension would provide a needed amount of assurance that existing approvals will not lapse and new, expensive, time consuming approvals will not have to be sought.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Jim Finley, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM):

Our concern with HB-5254 is that if longer extensions are given it may result in projects being abandoned unnecessarily by developers. The longer permits are valid the greater the chance this may happen. We believe that an expiration period should be discretionary and based on a project size and scale.

Reported by: June M. Lyons

Date: March 31, 2009