PLEASE TAKE ACTION ON THESE BILLS REGARDING HOUSING BEFORE THEIR HEARING DATES

On October 30, 2019 the Governor announced a plan to force towns to include more high-density/low-income housing by placing mandates on zoning and planning boards, force training in the area of ‘urbanism’ by unelected, unaccountable private interest lobbies, and at the same time, vowed to give massive rewards to developers who propose high-density projects in the form of subsidies and tax deferments. These tax deferments will only place a further tax burden on the single-family homeowners of a town.

The timeline of events concerning this matter:

HOUSING APPEALS BOARD

In 2018, a bill (SB 557) to create a Housing Appeals board failed. The board would have been able to allow developers to override any decisions by ANY board in a town (including zoning and planning boards, school boards, historic district commissions, and conservation commissions) regarding their projects.

In 2019, a bill (HB 104) to once again create an HAB was killed in committee. The HAB was seen as an egregious usurpation of local control.

In 2019, four Republicans in the NH Senate slipped into the budget their own HAB bill (SB 306) which they knew would not pass the House. It is to take effect in 2021 IF NOT REPEALED and will be used to make decisions for towns under certain circumstances, such as if a timeline for approval is not met or a developer is not happy with a decision.

LSR 2020-2813 is Senator Birdsell’s bill to repeal the Housing Appeals Board. It has bi-partisan support from the House and Senate, but does not yet have a bill number. It should be SUPPORTED. There are a few other similar bills with study committees attached or for study committees, not yet scheduled. (More info on that later…)

TAKE ACTION ON HOUSING BILLS COMING UP FOR HEARINGS

THESE BILLS WILL BE HEARD BEFORE THE HOUSE MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE

(*Bills are part of Governor’s Plan)

EMAIL HouseMunicipalandCountyGovt@leg.state.nh.us ASK THEM TO ITL ALL OF THE FOLLOWING.

HB 1450 – Intended to reduce zoning appeals but would effectively reduce the power of zoning boards.
(OPPOSE – HEARING ON 01/15/2020 10:00 AM)

*HB 1629 – “Retraining” of zoning and planning boards in ‘new urbanism’ policies, mandating timelines for housing decisions with threat of sending to HAB, mandating types of housing, and more.
(OPPOSE – HEARING ON 01/21/2020 09:30 AM)

*HB 1632 – Perks and tax breaks for developers who build high-density.
(OPPOSE – HEARING ON 01/21/2020 10:30 AM)

HB 1248 – Another bill promoting developer tax incentives.
(OPPOSE – HEARING ON 01/21/2020 11:30 AM)

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HOUSING BILLS TO BE HEARD BEFORE THE SENATE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
(Use drop-down menu on page to see bills currently assigned to this committee)

EMAIL the committee and ask them to ITL: (Dan.Feltes@leg.state.nh.us; Lou.Dallesandro@leg.state.nh.us; Chuck.Morse@leg.state.nh.us; Bob.Giuda@leg.state.nh.us; Jeanne.Dietsch@leg.state.nh.us; sonja.caldwell@leg.state.nh.us)

SB 475 – Rewards developers with tax breaks on the school portion of the tax bill.
(OPPOSE – HEARING ON 1/15/2020 at 9:45 AM in Senate Hearing Room 100)