Rep. Miller’s HB 1060 has passed out of committee on an 8-5 vote. It says that local government cannot adopt or enforce a law that prohibits or limits the use of a building product, material, or aesthetic method or imposes a construction standard for a building product, material, or aesthetic method so long as the product, material, or method is otherwise permitted under the state building code. This bill would result in local government having no ability to enforce aesthetic methods, allowing developers to build without adhering to locally-set requirements. Some communities don’t particularly want to live in a place with the cheapest available cookie-cutter construction. These kinds of decisions should be made by people who are locally accountable.
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