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October 23, 2019 10:17am

GLI urges congressional support for the Yes in My Backyard Act

GLI recently sent letters to members of the Greater Louisville congressional delegation urging their support for legislation aimed at incentivizing local governments to ensure their policies around land development and redevelopment adequately support growth and progress.

“In order for a community like Greater Louisville to grow, develop, build more housing, and maintain an affordable cost of living, it is critical that we have sensible, pro-growth land development policies at the local level. Laws and regulations grounded in a “Not In My Backyard” attitude will push developers to other regions, make development more expensive and time-consuming, and decrease our housing stock.” — GLI CEO & President Kent Oyler

Recently filed legislation titled the Yes In My Backyard Act (HR4351 and S1919) would require local governments applying for federal housing development funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to report that they have enacted or intend to enact policies that support land development and improve housing affordability. Enactment of these policies by local governments would not be required for them to receive CDBG funds under the proposal. Rather the intention of the bill is to require localities to go on the record stating whether they have adopted policies outlined in the bill and to provide a rationale for instances in which they have not adopted a policy.

In letters to lawmakers, GLI argued that the Yes In My Backyard Act proposes a sensible pathway for Congress to play a role in ensuring CDBG recipients are doing their part to support economic development and growth.

S1919 is sponsored by Indiana Senator Todd Young. Representative Trey Hollingsworth (IN-9) signed on as an original cosponsor of HR4351. GLI is encouraging all members of our regional delegation to support this important bipartisan legislation.