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Solons Vote To Block 'Planning Police'

The Idaho House has backed a move to trim Idaho cities’ power to regulate building design, decrying the “planning police.” “Markets should allow choice,” Rep. Ed Morse, R-Hayden, told the House, opening this afternoon debate on his bill, HB 480. “We need jobs and economic development in this state much more than we need the planning police mandating their vision of beauty.” Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, said he’s had emails from cities and architects all over the state opposing the bill. “This bill gives anyone the right to build pretty much anything they want,” he said. But Rep. Joe Palmer, R-Meridian, warned, “These are property rights issues, people. We’d better be careful”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Just when I though Morse, Henderson, Eskridge and Malek were among the better legislators, they join Barbieri, Mendive, Sims in voting to impose their anything-goes version of design planning on local governments. Does it make any difference who we send to the Legislature? Terrible vote. Thoughts?

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