I wonder if this will be the new antidote to attempts by planners to regulate growth:
"Home Depot has sought permission to build a store at the site for six years. It says the regular city review process has become so polarized that company officials have taken the unusual step of going directly to the voters."
I've even heard that some consulting firms that work with big developers/big boxes have a "legal/ballot action kit" that is a follow-the steps type of process to get something directly to voters.
Or perhaps this is a natural market response to overregulation by the city. Clearly HomeDepot knows that there is consumer demand for their store, or they wouldn't be trying so hard to place the store.
PS - Thanks to Planetizen for trying out this discussion forum thing with Cyburbia. I hope other readers use it.