Apartment Industry Wins Big in Arizona as Legislature Adjourns
PHOENIX – Three critical pieces of legislation championed by the Arizona Multihousing Association (AMA) were signed into law as the Arizona Legislature adjourned its shortest session in nearly half a century.
- SB1079 will allow apartment operators to select a private enterprise solid waste or recycling service provider in all of Arizona's municipalities. Once the bill goes into effect July 1, 2016, apartment operators will be able to opt-out of city trash services and select the most competitive service provider. Currently several cities in Arizona require apartment operators to use city solid waste services.
- SB1072 will explicitly prohibit municipalities from adopting inclusionary zoning ordinances. Such ordinances require developers to set aside a certain percentage of their units for affordable housing or pay an in-lieu fee. SB 1072 builds on existing statutes that already prohibit rent control ordinances.
- SB1241 preempts two kinds of local policies. First, it prohibits municipalities from adopting mandatory energy benchmarking and energy auditing ordinances. Benchmarking ordinances have passed in more than a dozen cities around the country and require building owners to disclose their energy usage to a governmental agency and, often, to the public. Second, the new law prohibits municipalities from adopting mandatory recycling programs for businesses, including multifamily properties. This law was supported by a broad business coalition that included both AMA and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.
Source: Arizona Multihousing Association, Arizona State Legislature