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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Feb. 2, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: Should the county crack down on construction of new large homes?

If Boulder County’s efforts to curb the size of homes is really about energy efficiency, why the talk about “harmony” in the neighborhood? The BuildSmart basics and Expanded Transfer of Development Rights help to cloud the real issue — control of house size by the county commissioners.

It’s apparent to me that if my grandparents’ 70-acre-plus farm had been in Boulder County when their house burned down and they moved into their chicken coop and lived there for years, the county commissioners would have had them rebuild a chicken-coop-sized house. No consideration for their needs or wants for their lifestyle choices. No consideration for their property rights.

Maybe some negotiations could have been won in my grandparents’ case, but not with “rich” property owners wanting to build larger homes. They are the real enemy. Building smarter and more efficiently gets my nod; jealously restricting property rights does not.

*This title was not part of the original Camera publication.


Source: Daily Camera


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