It appears Florida voters reject land-use amendment
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A state constitutional amendment that would have drastically changed the development approval process in Florida has been rejected by voters.
With 21 percent of the expected vote counted, Amendment 4 had been rejected by 65 percent of voters.
Amendment 4 on Tuesday’s ballot would have required voter approval to change city, town and county comprehensive land-use plans.
Backers called the measure “Florida Hometown Democracy.” They included environmental organizations, civic associations and slow-growth advocates. They said Amendment 4 would protect the environment and reduce congestion and urban sprawl.
Opponents included business groups, developers and some labor unions. They said Amendment 4 would seriously damage the economy, cost jobs and make it more difficult to lure companies to the state.