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Jacksonville, FL (February 26, 2019) — After nearly 10 months of hard work and many meetings, City Council passes Councilman Becton’s Bill 2018-271 during Tuesday nights meeting. The bill was first introduced on April 24, 2018 and is regarding road width in neighborhoods and inter-connectivity.

Before City Council voted, Councilman Becton shared the following words:

“Before you please find Version 14 of Bill 2018-271. This legislation is important for three reasons:

It sets improved standards for ‘Building New Neighborhoods’.

  • It improves “Public Safety Access” within those New Neighborhoods.
  • It protects tax payers from unnecessary expenses and repairs incurred from construction within those neighborhoods, and lastly;
  • It improves public safety and access within commercial and office corridors.

To accomplish those four objectives, this bill:

  • Provides warranties for work within the city’s Right-of-Ways and for the construction of public facilities within new neighborhoods.
  • It provides within New neighborhoods where lot sizes are 40, 50, and 60 feet wider ancillary roads where higher density communities are a result.
  • It improves the road building process by implementing a two-lift construction process and finally;
  • It helps to implement the comprehensive plan’s objective for “inter-connectivity” for New and Existing businesses by eliminating excessive curb cuts and access points that endanger pedestrians, bicyclist and drivers due to potential crash points as a result.

This legislation was the work of a great deal of help, collaboration and compromise from various individuals and groups, field trips to new neighborhoods and fire houses over the past year.

I certainly would like to stop and say Thank you to all those who have helped me get to this point and provided the many suggestions and recommendations which have achieved a compromise on this bill. For everyone, much appreciation is extended.

With that Colleagues, it would be an honor to have your vote for approval!”

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