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Harris: ULUC Opposition Unprincipled

From relentlessly sunny Southern California, I noted the recent and growing uproar over Kootenai County’s land use code re-write. And from here, where the sprawl goes on and on and on for miles, the growing opposition to Kootenai County’s Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) project appears to be either pointlessly obstructionist or appallingly uninformed. Either way, if the opponents were truly interested in property rights and regulatory streamlining, they’d be supporting the County’s reform efforts. Ignoring the completely nutty “U.N. Agenda 21″ conspiracy theorists, the ULUC opposition appears to be based primarily in a “property rights” viewpoint that ignores both the law and the policy choices that guide modern land use across the country.  Despite the bluster coming from the usual North Idaho know-it-alls, “property rights” are simply not absolute. In fact, property rights of individuals are balanced to protect the property values in the community/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here. (Phantom Photographer photo: Part of large crowd on hand at the Kootenai County workshop for the Unified Land Use Code project at the Coeur d'Alene Library last week)

Question: Do you consider property rights to be absolute?

Joker: Thou Shalt Not Plan, Permit

Jesus gathered his disciples around his father’s workshop and picked up a fresh cut board, smelling the richness of the wood. “Today, I want to talk to you about a troublesome scourge that each one of you will face one day. As we build our homes, there will be those who will try and pull the nails from each plank. They will not use their arms or beast to destroy what you have created. No, they will use the devil’s tool box and you should know how to spot this evil.” The disciples gathered closely around Jesus. They were concerned. They gave worried looks and began to whisper amongst themselves. “Be not afraid. The devil will attempt to lure you into what’s called the permitting process. He will make you sign papers and make you pay fees to build. The entry into the Lord’s home is not through permits. You will also hear about zoning and comprehensive plans.” The audible gasp filled the workshop. More here.

Question: Do you think planning, zoning & comp plans are the spawn of the debbil?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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