Bill would eliminate impact fees in Florida until 2012 listen03/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
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A bay area senator angered environmentalists before the legislative session began when he filed a bill that would block the collection of developer impact fees for three years.
Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, says the way impact fees are imposed is totally unfair and inappropriate.
Hillsborough County Environmental activist Denise Layne says Bennettâ€™s bill and other proposals aim to deregulate the building process this year.
The foreclosure crises has hit Florida hard, with some economists saying the state has a two-year glut of housing right now. Sen. Bennett acknowledges that there is no need for much new housing right now, but he thinks the state should approach it with a scalpel, not a hatchet.
But he said his bill â€“SB630 and others in the Legislature would knock out duplicity and what he says are extraneous government costs.
Layne says impact fees are based on the price of a house and the size of its square footage. She says the problem for infrastructure is growing not shrinking.
Another bill sponsored by Bennett â€“ SB 360 - would eliminate most state growth management review of big new developments proposed for Hillsborough County and other cities and counties in Florida.