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FL Court Nixes Ballot-Box Zoning Initiative

Leonard Gilroy
March 20, 2005, 9:29am

Last week in a 4-3 decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the "Hometown Democracy'' measure -- a proposed Constitutional amendment which would have required voters to approve any changes to city and county growth management plans -- cannot be included on the 2006 ballot due to "emotional rhetoric" in its ballot summary. According to the Sun-Sentinel: Like the recent Virginia Supreme Court decision striking down parts of Loudoun County's growth management program, the Florida decision doesn't really represent a moral victory for those of us opposed to ballot-box zoning, as the decision was essentially based on a technicality. But hey...we'll take it anyway! If you aren't familiar with ballot-box zoning, Reason can help shed light on the issue. Check out these pieces:

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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