New legislative session. Commercial property taxes, TIF will dominate.

A quick rundown of the bills introduced thus far that have some relevance to planning.  If anyone is aware of others that I may have overlooked please comment below.

HF 20 – Exempts from lining requirements sanitary landfills that accept only construction and demolition waste.

HF 507 – Exempts municipal housing projects from “sanitary and building laws, ordinances, and regulations, including any inspections resulting from such laws, ordinances, and regulations, applicable to the locality in which the project is situated”

HF 613 – restricts the ability of cities and counties to adopt and enforce ordinances which distinguish between persons living in owner-occupied housing and persons living in rental properties, or which distinguishes residential property based on whether it is owner-occupied or leased.

HF 690 – allows a city or county to exempt vacant commercial property (‘vacant’ for at least the six months prior to the adoption of the exemption) from commercial property taxes if the property regularly attracts unauthorized use, is declining in assessed value, or is determined to be a nuisance.

HF 2051 – adds fish to list of animals considered by confinement feeding operations regulations, but also allows a person who exclusively confines fish as part of a confinement feeding operation to elect to comply with the state’s general permitting requirements pertaining to water quality instead of the confined feeding operations regulations.

HSB 500, HF 671, HSB 519 (the Governor’s proposal) all address commercial property tax reform, but in different ways.

HSB 540 – is a comprehensive revision of urban renewal law and TIF.  It is 80 pages long.  What I see in a quick review includes a prohibition against creating any new urban renewal districts after the enactment of the bill.  Chapter 403 would be replaced by new chapter 402, and new ‘project development plans’ would take the place of urban renewal plans.  All existing districts, except for those with a 20-year expiration, would expire June 30, 2023.  New chapter 402 makes some significant changes to TIF, which I will need to detail in a later post.

SF 2014 – allows the DOT or a county to alter, change or deepen a watercourse to reduce flooding without falling under DNR statutes and rules.  Allows use of eminent domain for this purpose.

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