Miami Dade County Community Forum

Friday, July 3, 2009

City of Weston Poised to Fight State of Florida. By Fran Bohnsack

Weston is appealing to other municipalities hoping they will join them to mount a legal challenge against unpopular Senate Bill 360 that Crist recently signed into law. Here is the letter Weston is sending out (Hit of the pages to enlarge them).

According to the Daily Business Review:

Seven governments have joined Weston [in opposing the law], and several others are considering this within the next two weeks, said Weston City Attorney Jamie Cole of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Fort Lauderdale.

Three cheers to Weston!


  1. AnonymousJuly 03, 2009

    This helps with what 360 does:

    Hometown Democracy set for 2010 ballot
    Proposed amendment would cripple new pro-development law

    Orlando Business Journal - by Richard Bilbao
    Florida Hometown Democracy — a proposed amendment to the state constitution — on June 22 gathered enough signatures to be included on the November 2010 ballot as Amendment 4. It’s an initiative to give citizens more control over the local land development planning process.

    Community Renewal Act
    • Defines dense urban land areas as municipalities with populations of more than 5,000 and densities of at least 1,000 people per square mile.
    • Removes the 37-year-old regional
    planning process for major projects known as developments of regional impact (DRI) for areas that meet certain population
    standards and already have necessary
    services, such as water and sewer.
    • Removes requirement that developers pay to upgrade roads — known as traffic concurrencies — in designated areas and establishes a “mobility fee” to replace it.
    • Extends the shelf life of a building permit for two years.

    Florida Hometown Democracy
    • Mandates any proposed new comprehensive land-use plans or amendments be put before voters in a referendum.
    Source: Florida Division of Election

  2. Community renewal? My ass.