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Hometown Democracy

September 14th, 2009 by flanews

A proposed constitutional amendment to limit growth is causing contractors to rush their projects.

Amendment Four, also known as Hometown Democracy, would require voter approval in order to change a city or countys land-use plan. The Department of Community Affairs has seen a surge in applications for development since the amendment was approved for the 2010 ballot. Joyce Tarnow, President of Floridians for Sustainable Population says the housing market is already saturated with empty homes and a push to change non-residential zones to residential will only make the situation worse.

Any new additions opening up agricultural land or ranch lands for more housing developments only ads more taxes, said Tarnow.

Floridians for Sustainable Population and The Panhandle Citizens Coalition are calling for a freeze on all new projects requiring land-use changes until after the November 2010 vote.

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