Growth management bill begins Senate journey

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A Senate committee on Monday passed a growth management package that continues restrictions on the levying of impact fees but gives local governments more control over growth – while restricting state oversight to more regional and statewide issues, reports the News Service of Florida. Over the concerns of environmental and smart growth groups, the Senate Community Affairs Committee approved a measure (SB 1122) by Chairman Mike Bennett that wrests from state officials many development decisions such as schools and parks that would instead be handled at the local level. Bennett, a Bradenton Republican who has been at odds with the Department of Community Affairs over growth related issues, said the measure is intended to streamline and speed up the process by which development can occur by cutting redundant requirements and giving local officials more authority to determine what their communities will look like.

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