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SG-W:/ Fwd: Sierra Club Action Daily, Vol. II, #188




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Date:        03/14  2:16 PM
Received:    03/14  12:06 PM

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 STOP PRO-SPRAWL BILL

 Tired of endless sprawl and congestion ? You can help stop the pro-sprawl
 bill:

 Please urge your U.S. Representative to vote MARCH 16 AGAINST H.R. 2372, 
"The
 Private Property Rights Implementation Act."

 This legislation would make it more difficult for communities to shape 
their
 own futures. The bill would tie up zoning and smart-growth programs in 
red
 tape.

 The bill was originally drafted by developers to permit them to bypass 
local
 zoning procedures and state courts.  It would allow developers to claim 
that
 local land use decisions amount to "takings" of private property -- and 
then
 the developers could take their gripes directly to federal courts!

 Big developers would use the threat of premature, costly federal 
litigation
 as a club to coerce local communities into approving projects that will 
harm
 nearby homeowners and the environment.

 The bill would undermine hundreds of popular local initiatives that 
protect
 everyone by limiting and controlling growth, without "taking" any 
property
 rights.  For example, state courts have rejected "takings" challenges to
 smart growth limit and to controls on mining, factories, liquor stores 
and
 other harmful activities in residential neighborhoods.

 The House will vote on H.R. 2372 this Thursday, March 16.

 Please CALL your Representative ASAP: (Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121)
 leave your name, address and a brief message urging him to OPPOSE H.R. 
2372,
 "The Private Property Rights Implementation Act."

 Your calls and letters to Congress make a difference.

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