TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation designed to channel growth into cities and away from rural areas is up for a vote in the Florida Senate.
In densely populated areas the bill (SB 360) on Thursday's calendar would lift an existing requirement to have sufficient roads and other transportation facilities in place before development can take place.
That requirement was intended to prevent urban sprawl, but it's had the opposite result. Growth has shifted to outlying and rural areas where roads are less traveled and cheaper to build.
The bill also would exempt large developments from extra scrutiny in high-density areas.