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Old 05-04-2009, 07:47 AM
 
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The City of Houston has limited zoning and property owners have more rights in that community than almost anyplace in America. Many people believe that as a property owner you should be able to do just about anything you want to your property.

If you do not like your home, rebuild it without permits

If you do not like the forest in your backyard, clear cut it

If you want to open a retail business in your home, great

If you want to tear down your home and put a 7-11 store instead, good luck it is your land.

What do you think about the concept of total property rights?
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Texas
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If you don't like zoning laws, move into an incorporated area. At least in Texas (not sure about other states), only cities can impose zoning requirements. If you live in the part of a county not within any city limits, you don't have to worry about them.

Some of us like to not have to deal with certain things going on around us that would depreciate the value of OUR properties.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:00 AM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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My family lived on an a 7-acre acreage for many years - and loved it! It was very peaceful and, for the most part, we could do whatever we wanted.

But (at least where we lived in Minnesota) there are COUNTY zoning ordinances, etc. And they are VERY particular about what you do - especially regarding water and septic.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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"Property Rights" people change their minds really fast when a Korean family buys the property next door and opens up a hog farm ten yards from their bedroom window.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Wyoming
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"Property Rights" people change their minds really fast when a Korean family buys the property next door and opens up a hog farm ten yards from their bedroom window.
.... Or a slaughtering plant.

No, I wouldn't want to own property in an area with no zoning restrictions.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Fort Pierce, FL
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You may be thinking of an "Unincorporated" community. To answer your question, I would not. Rules can be a good thing.

LOL, a 7-11 next door to me, no way! That's worst than living on a main drag. Now the cars are stopping with there blaring music while they run side to get a 12-pack.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I think that the elimination of zoning is an excellent idea and could help revive the US economy. The zoning Nazis always try and scare people with stories of having a shopping center next to them of a hog farm with sewage flowing out but that it total nonsense. The proper way to do this is to make county-wide ordinances preventing direct impact on other properties. Looks would be excluded as that is subjective. SO if your neighbor wants to paint his home blue and red, or put cars on blocks go for it. However, noise ordinances and health regulations would prevent the problems that can adversely affect other property owners. Building permits are ridiculous in my opinon for any privately owned residence. Since Government actually owns your home permits were instituted so their property can be transferred to someone else. I have always believed that commercial or multi-family structures should be built to standards of safety and health. Regulations requiring inspections of businesses prevent many health and safety issues that otherwise lead to sickness and death. Yet zoning has no value at all as it lowers the functionality of property and causes resources to be needlessly wasted.

If someone wants to build a 7-11 next to my home I will retaliate by making mine a junk yard.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you own property, it is likely that your property value is enhanced by the existence of zoning. If you are zoned residential, your property is worth more to a potential buy who wants to be insulated from commercial activity next door. If your propety is zoned commercial, it is also worth more, because a potential buyer who wants the business location will outbid a residential buyer since the property has income potential.

Tallrick, some people would consider it an inconvenience to have no other alternative but to turn their family home into a junkyard just to retaliate against another person. Why don't you do it the Bush way, and pre-emptively turn your home into a junk yard, instead of waiting for the 7-11 to attack?
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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Orindarily I would say heck yeah! but.. there are properties without restrictions that you can do whatever you like. In all reality though, because the supreme court passed the iminant domain law, none of us are ever really the true owners of our properties.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Not having zoning generally works in rural settings, where there is space. We have no zoning here, and I could do all of the above and more. So could my neighbors. We don't because we have manners and depend on each other.

Cities meaning excessive crowding, which means that some rules have to be involved. Specifically, noise ordinances, attractive nuisance laws, and pet poop restrictions are only common sense. If governments could keep to the basics, few people would object to zoning. However, you have cities like Coral Gables in Florida where the city dictates the colors you can paint your rooms INSIDE your own house. No joke.
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