Fla. growth management bill goes to governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A compromise growth management bill
that modifies a sprawl-causing clause in existing law is going to
Gov. Charlie Crist.

Both legislative chambers passed it Friday after changing some
House provisions the drew opposition from the state's chief
planning official.

Present law requires roads and other transportation facilities
to be in place before development can occur. That was expected to
limit sprawl. Instead, it encouraged development in outlying areas
where roads are less traveled and cheaper to build.

The bill (SB 360) would lift that requirement in the most densely populated areas.

The House sponsor, Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, said
Crist had agreed with the compromise.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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