Lake Worth voters spoke loud and clear in March when they decided, by a 56 to 44 percent margin, to put new limits on building heights in the city’s eastern downtown. But those voters might as well have stayed home, because a new state law has rendered their vote null and void. No longer, it seems, are local voters allowed to decide such things as building height limits. The state Legislature won’t let them.
A little-noticed change to state law signed last month by Gov. Rick Scott bars cities and counties from holding voter referendums on most issues that affect those municipalities’ zoning and development rules. Most prominently, this means an end to voter-led efforts to limit heights on buildings in their towns and cities.
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