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Links to legislative issues of interest to Oklahoma Planners:

Oklahoma Municipal League         

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Recent Legislative Activity in Oklahoma

Oklahoma SB 708 passes

SUBJECT:  Municipal development fees
A
n Act relating to local government capital improvements; authorizing municipalities to implement development fees; defining term; providing procedures and requirements for implementation and collection of development fees; specifying scope of fee; requiring process for collection and maintenance of development fees; providing for credits or adjustments to development fees and procedures related thereto; providing procedures for accounting for development fee proceeds; stating test to be used by court in any challenge to a development fee; clarifying rights of payor; capping certain fees; clarifying municipal authority; providing for codification; and providing an effective date.

 

Click here to see full bill.

You can also find a video of the debate:
http://okhouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=292&meta_id=17762

 

Healthier Neighborhood Living - SB 232

SUBJECT: Creation of Task Force on Healthier Neighborhood Living

  1. Many Americans do not get the exercise they need to be healthy simply because they do not have places to be active. Research shows that people who live near parks exercise thirty eight percent (38%) more than those who do not have easy access to parks;

  2. Shared-use partnerships between school districts and local governments or organizations can allow community members and groups to use playgrounds, athletic fields, pools, gymnasiums, and other recreational facilities after school hours.

  3. Shared-use partnerships can also be used to make community facilities available to schools at a free or reduced cost;

  4. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and other health problems;

  5. School facilities, especially those that are centered in the community, can be an excellent resource for recreation and exercise when there is limited availability or when private options are too expensive; and

  6. The most innovative districts are maximizing shared-use of school facilities to address the educational and health needs of students and the community’s need for recreational activity spaces.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to remove barriers that could discourage schools from offering a variety of safe, clean facilities, including running tracks, pools, gymnasiums, fitness rooms, and playgrounds to the community.

Click here to see full bill.

Other Links of Interest:

Oklahoma Law on Tax Increment Financing

Oklahoma Law on Local Development Act

Landmark Decisions - Land development moratoriums

 

Complete Streets Bill Introduced in Senate

Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, S. 1056

In May 2011, 12 United States Senators introduced the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, which would require all states (25 already have) to adopt Complete Streets policies.

http://alttransport.com/2011/05/complete-streets-legislation-introduced-in-the-senate/

http://www.completestreets.org/policy/federal/senators-act-for-pedestrian-safety-introduce-safe-and-complete-streets-act-of-2011/

 

Complete Streets Policy Analysis - National Complete Streets Coalition

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