Before the first special legislative session came to its raucous close last week, and before each irreconcilable side in the abortion debate clothed itself in orange or blue, Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill passed during the regular session (remember it?) that includes a welcome provision requiring developments on state lands to comply with local zoning rules.
The measure continues the Texas Facilities Commission, but with limits — and with a stipulation added by Democratic state Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin that gives local authorities a say in how the state, working with private developers, designs projects on its land within cities and towns. It’s a needed check on state power to protect local governments and residents from ill-conceived projects.
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