Towns seek overturn Florida law that relaxes local development rules

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Chad EmersonFlorida municipalities are seeking to overturn the Community Renewal Law, enacted this summer that relaxed development requirements and ended a regional planning process for major projects of regional impact. Their lawsuit accuses the state of imposing unfunded land use requirements on local communities.

Chad Emerson, an associate professor at Faulkner University School of Law, examines the case in the Land Use Prof Blog. He writes that the lawsuit may also have an effect on the Florida Hometown Democracy constitutional amendment, which will appear on the November 2010 ballot and seeks to require all changes to local comprehensive land use plans be approved through voter referendum.

Tom Ahern, Saint Consulting Group’s senior vice president for capital markets, wrote about the Hometown Democracy amendment for The Saint Report in June 2009.

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