Dueling development initiatives push forward in Florida

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June 8, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Florida: Two competing initiatives to change local land-use rules are fighting for places on the 2010 ballot.

The first, the Florida Hometown Democracy Land Use Initiative (2010), sponsored by Leaders of the Florida Hometown Democracy, would require local approval for all changes to comprehensive land-use plans. The group believes they've collected the required 676,811 valid signatures to be placed on the 2010 ballot.

In response to this initiative, businesses and local chambers of commerce have formed Floridians for Smarter Growth, which supports an alternative initiative, Florida Smarter Growth Land Use Initiative (2010) that would "require voter approval of changes to local land-use plans only if 10 percent of local voters sign a petition calling for the referendum." So far, the campaign has collected 443,510 signatures.[1]

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