To the editor:
Wow, did everyone see the front page article in the Democrat about the proposed changes to the Planning and Zoning regulations? Or should I just say restrictions since they will be very restricting to everyone, not just the farmers?
I am sure that the people who proposed these changes think they are doing something good even though they obviously have not thought it through.
As I see it, the farmers will be restricted as pointed out by Brad Marshall in the article. In addition to this, anyone who would like to build a home in the county will also be restricted. They will now have to buy more land than is necessary and maintain the extra land for the rest of their lives or just let it grow up and become an eyesore.
The alternative to this is live in the city limits, which is not what they wanted or just leave the county altogether. Is this how population declines happen?
Another way to view these restrictions is to determine if there will actually be fewer homes or possibly less expensive homes built in Harrison County due to the extra land that will have to be purchased.
This will then restrict the local builders and associated trades from being able to make an adequate living.
Do you think they may now start to leave the county for a better place to support their families? What was that about declining population? And, don’t forget with declining population comes a host of other issues, such as less people to pay taxes, less business for the remaining business owners if there are any left.
While we are talking about these restrictions we need to address the reason given for making these changes.
Must plan for the future and protect the farm land seemed to be the main reasons. Don’t you think the future I propose as a result of these changes seems pretty bleak for Harrison County? I do!
Now let us suppose that I am just “Chicken Little” and the sky is not really falling and the bad things do not really happen. Every thing just goes on and the homes continue to be built in Harrison County. Math now tells me that the farm land will disappear five times as fast since the restrictions will require the home builders to use five times the land for each home.
I have only mentioned the proposed lot size changes due to the lack of sufficient information being presented by the reporter on the other proposed changes. I am confident that the other changes have been as thoroughly thought out as this one and therefore are probably equally as restricting and unnecessary.
No matter how you see it, these changes are not good for the farmers, home owners or any citizen of Harrison County. Take my advice and start contacting the magistrates and county judge executive to be sure they stop this before it goes any further.
Billy S. Fowler