The Legislature is trying to finish their session this week so please sign and share with your contacts asap.
Why is this important:
If the Protest Petition option is repealed, homeowners will have no recourse to protect their own property rights from the potential negative impacts of new development.
Every development proposal creates some community impacts such as more traffic, noise, stormwater runoff and so forth. A Protest Petition acknowledges that adjacent property owners are almost always impacted the most, and therefore should receive added protection. Although Protest Petitions are seldom used, their repeal will make it harder to promote quality growth that also protects property owners rights in existing neighborhoods.
The Protest Petitions law, started in 1923, was designed to give homeowners a voice when new developments that require rezoning are planned adjacent to their properties. The Protest Petition is composed of the signatures of people who own at least 5 percent of a 100-foot buffer around the proposed development. When such a valid Protest Petition is filed, the proposed project requires approval of three quarters of the local board (City Council, Town Council).