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By Jackie Hallifax; March 17, 2005, 4:17 PM EST
"The "Hometown Democracy" measure would have required voter approval for any changes to the plans that cities and counties adopt to manage development. City and county commissions now hold that power.
But the high court said the ballot summary was fatally flawed because of "impermissible emotional rhetoric that misstates the substance of the amendment."
The court said the problem was in the first sentence: "Public participation in local government comprehensive land use planning benefits the conservation and protection of Florida's natural resources and scenic beauty, and the long-term quality of life of Floridians."
The court said land-use plans deal with a lot more than "strictly environmental or aesthetic considerations." The court said those include safety, traffic, sewer service, parks and housing. "
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