There is exciting news out of Arizona this week. A new bill was proposed that would prohibit municipalities and counties from imposing distancing requirements between new and existing assisted living homes.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER LAW, A MUNICIPALITY MAY NOT ADOPT A LAND USE REGULATION OR GENERAL OR SPECIFIC PLAN PROVISION OR IMPOSE AS A CONDITION FOR APPROVING A BUILDING OR USE PERMIT ANY REQUIREMENT THAT RESTRICTS THE DISTANCE BETWEEN AN EXISTING ASSISTED LIVING HOME AND A NEW ASSISTED LIVING HOME IF ALL OTHER STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THIS CHAPTER HAVE BEEN MET
Unreasonable spacing requirements have been a problem in a number of Arizona municipalities, so the proposed bill would be a welcome intervention.
H.B.2724 was just introduced on February 8th and has already successfully passed the House Commerce Committee. Next it will go to the full House and then on to the Senate.
Contact your representative to indicate your support!
You can also contact the sponsor:
Rep. Ben Toma
House Majority Leader