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Though you’re probably tired of hearing this by now, 2019 is shaping up to be a BIG year for housing policy. During the 2018 general session, the state legislature created the Commission on Housing Affordability to study strategies that mitigate the rising costs of housing. Though the commission will continue to meet for another 4 years, the first group of policy recommendations have been compiled into a BILL FILE. A draft was presented to the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee on November 14th. Since the bill is 45 pages long and somewhat complicated, ULCT produced a BRIEF SUMMARY explaining how the bill builds on last year’s HB 259 and SB 136.

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During the 2018 General Session, the Utah Legislature passed HB 250. HB 250 allocates a percentage of the building permit surcharge to the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman to provide training on the drafting and application of land use laws and land use dispute resolution.

The Ombudsman’s Office may also use the funds to provide reimbursement grants to organizations who provide land use training and meet certain conditions and criteria.

If you provide land use training, you’re invited to apply for this fund.

Applications are approved twice a year. Funding will begin on January 1, 2019. Applications for funding in the first half of the year are due on November 30.

The application form can be found HERE. Visit the Property Rights Ombudsman’s website at propertyrights.utah.gov to learn more.

 

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