Introduced By: Representative S. Anderson
Date Introduced : June 2, 1998
WHEREAS, The general assembly finds that an equitable program for planning and financing the public facilities needed to serve new growth and development, in such a manner as not to restrict unduly or to inhibit growth and development, is necessary to promote and accommodate orderly growth and development and to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of this state; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent by enactment of this resolution to:
(1) ensure that adequate public facilities are available to serve new growth and development;
(2) promote orderly growth and development by establishing uniform standards for local governments to require that those who benefit from new growth and development pay a proportionate share of the cost of new public facilities needed to serve that new growth and development;
(3) establish standards for the adoption of development impact fee ordinances by governmental entities;
(4) ensure that those who benefit from new growth and development are required to pay no more than their proportionate shared of the cost of public facilities needed to serve new growth and development and to prevent duplicate and ad hoc development requirements;
(5) encourage the construction of affordable housing by ensuring the availability of sufficient infrastructure; and
(6) empower governmental entities which are authorized to adopt ordinances to impose development impact fee, and be it further
RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of twelve (12) members; three (3) of whom shall be from the house of representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the speaker; two (2) of whom shall be from the senate, not more than one (1) same political party, to be appointed by the majority leader; three (3) of whom shall be members of the general public, to be appointed by the speaker to represent the League of Cities and Towns; three (3) of whom shall be members of the general public, to be appointed by the senate majority leader, of whom two (2) shall be from the building industries and one (1) of whom shall be a realtor; and one (1) of whom shall be excecutive director of the Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, or designee.
In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a general assembly resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to serve in lieu of a legislator, provided that the majority leader or the minority leader of the political party which is entitled to the appointment consents to the appointment of the member of the general public.
The purpose of said commission shall be to study Development Impact Fees in the state of Rhode Island.
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the speaker and shall organize and shall select from among the legislators a chairperson. Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.
The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.
All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish such advice and information, documentary and otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or desirable by the commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.
Joint committee on legislative services is hereby authorized and directed to provided suitable quarters for said commission; and be it further
RESOLVED. That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the general assembly on or before February 8, 1999 and said commission shall expire on April 8, 1999.