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Development Groups Square Off

December 30th, 2008 by flanews

War is raging between two groups pushing controversial amendments for the 2010 ballot.

Hometown Democracy and Smart Growth want to limit the power city and county governments have over new developments. The Hometown Democracy plan requires voter approval on every proposed land use change. The Smart Growth Amendment would require 10 percent of registered voters in a city or county to visit their local elections office and sign a petition, before a development issue could be voted on by the public. Hometown Democracy spokesman John Hedrick said the plan disenfranchises Floridians in the military and disabled voters.

This is a totally indefensible position. There is going to be mounting outrage over this over time. They need to withdraw their position, admit they were wrong and apologize to the troops and everyone they discriminated against, said Hedrick.

If both amendments get the support they need to make it to the 2010 ballot and both amendments pass, the Smart Growth Amendment would supersede the Hometown Democracy plan.

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