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ACT NO. 112

(H.209)

Municipal Planning; Development Cabinet

This act gives municipalities the option of requiring that appeals to the environmental court from decisions by a planning commission or a board of adjustment, shall be on the record, an option that had been available previously only for appeals of decisions issued by municipal development review boards. The act also creates a development cabinet, to consist of the secretaries of the agencies of administration, natural resources, commerce and community affairs, and transportation, and the commissioner of agriculture, food and markets. The cabinet is charged with assuring collaboration among state agencies, in order to support economic development, while conserving traditional settlement patterns, the working and rural landscape, strong communities, and a healthy environment. The cabinet is also required to provide an annual report on the activities of the council of regional commissions. The act does not confer additional enforcement powers.

Effective Date: July 1, 2000