Antidote For Rural Sprawl: Land Use Zoning

Wuerthner, George
Date Written:  2021-04-05
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2021
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX24257

There will always be people who will argue that zoning is an infringement upon their freedom to build a home where they choose. Speed limits and traffic lights are an infringement of our freedom to drive at any speed we want, but society recognizes that we would have chaos without such limits. The same principles apply to land use. Most of us recognize that zoning has value. Who doesn’t believe keeping structures out of a river's flood plain or keeping a pig farm out of a residential neighborhood isn’t reasonable? We need to extend that idea to the entire landscape, or we will lose much of what we consider valuable.

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