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Florida Planning Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - It seemed like a good idea for
controlling urban sprawl: Require ample road capacity be in place
before a new neighborhood or commercial development could be built.

But the concept known as "transportation concurrency" didn't
work.

The road capacity provision not only didn't stop sprawl, it
encouraged it.

Developers found it cheaper and easier to build in outlying areas with extra capacity or where road-building costs are lower than in urban centers.

Environmentalists and developers agree there are problems with
the state's growth management act, but they're often at odds over what they are and how they should be solved.

By law, the Legislature must examine the agency responsible for
growth issues over the next two years to see if changes can be made
to improve it or, in the extreme, abolish it if it's found unneccesary.


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