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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Jun. 14, 201812:03 PM EST

Government advocacy update

Next NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee meeting is June 28.
by: Realty Builder Staff Staff Writer


NEFBA’s Government Affairs Committee meeting is 8:30 a.m., June 28, at the NEFBA offices.

• A proposed road bill (2018-271) introduced by Jacksonville City Councilmember Danny Becton would increase the minimum width of residential roads, require two layers of pavement and require existing commercial property to connect to adjacent properties. The legislation will be heard in LUZ and TEU. 

• The C&D Permit surcharge under consideration by the city of Jacksonville would create a construction debris permit surcharge. City Councilmember Bill Gulliford requested the city move away from a host fee and adopt another payment collection approach to generate revenue from construction debris produced in Duval County that is hauled to out-of-county dumps and recycling facilities. The committee had previously recommended a franchise fee on waste haulers, but at the request of the council president, reconvened to discuss other funding alternatives. The surcharge could be between 11 percent to 52 percent, depending on host fee.


• Reduced lot sizes are the result of the city of Green Cove Springs’ vote to accept the land use interpretation that a property containing multiple lots can be returned to 50-foot “lots of record” and have homes that conform.


• St. Johns County’s online building application system has been enhanced. The St. Johns County Growth Management Office announced enhancements to its web-based application tracking system. The office now accepts applications online and has enhanced features including response to comments and application tracking. The goal is to create a more efficient communication with applicants, faster permitting and higher quality customer service.


• The Amelia Island Tree Ordinance was drafted upon completion of the Amelia Island Tree Protection Working Group’s fact-finding session, and it modifies sections 37.02, 37.05, and Article 32 of the Land Development Code. Proposed changes to development regulations would apply only to the unincorporated areas of Amelia Island. The change would define a protected tree as any healthy, noninvasive tree 5 inches in diameter. The new ordnance also would create additional requirements for the removal of protected trees and set increased replacement requirements in new developments. If the ordinance is approved, property owners must comply with the new requirements and maintain documentation including associated photos and paperwork.


Baker County issues: Jessie Spradley, [email protected] and (904) 725-4355

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