Get involved in zoning change

Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at 9:54 AM
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  • I would have to you live in the city or the county? In the city, people live in subdivisions, for the most part. In the county, we buy land---normally at least 5-10 acres. Should the people in the county not be afforded the same protection under the law as people in the city when it comes to what is ALLOWED to be built next to or around their homes? If I build on my 5-10 acres it would stand to reason that I do not want 200 houses built in my back yard or next door to me---that is why I am out in the "country." So, while it may be okay to you that all of this pure, farmland is being made into homes and proposed nuclear power plants, etc. it is NOT okat to those of us that have made the choice to move out to the country. Why is it okay to convert farms to mega subdivisions? If it is zoned as Ag, it should remain Ag. This is why there are zoning ordinances. So, while you enjoy your protection of life in the city---I deserve protection from career politicians allowing a nuclear plant next door to my home. Industry does not belong near farm crops or homes just like a gas station does not belong next to your nice, new home. Common sense should at some point prevail in Elmore County---at some point soon I hope. If we make it "easy" for garbage industry to end up in Elmore County, that is all we will have here. Is it really worth it? And what about county regulations on toxic or hazardous waste? Maybe have that plan in place before we agree to all of this other garbage.

    I hope that everyone will take part in these hearings. Most people research an area, not just their (or where they plan to live) section of town. P & Z did not make these changes to protect the people---they did it to ALLOW industry where it should not be. Remember that when you go to purchase that property in the country surrounded by farm land. Under this plan, you could end up with a fuel facility or nuclear plant next door to you or in your back yard. P & Z and the ECC's should work for the people. When exactly does that start?

    -- Posted by OpinionMissy on Wed, Jan 21, 2009, at 10:52 AM
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    I don't make comments often, and I try to keep it on a positive note. I prefer to try to honor what I feel are enthusiastic efforts by the children of our future.

    I have to agree, at least in part, with OP. I live in the county, because I value my peaceful country life. I moved there for a reason. I raised my children there and instilled in them the same values of caring for their animals and learning to treasure a loving family and our land. Our Pure Farmlands. As the years go by, I worry more and more about the zoning changes. Right now, I have fields around me, and that is what I wish for. If the zoning changes, (and I can see the temptation), due to large amounts of money being offered for the land, I know I"m a small voice that won't be heard. I KNOW PZ thinks the money is where the value is at. If this happens, I can imagine several duplexes or apartments going in right behind my horse field. Those folks aren't going to like the dust, the activities...etc. What then? Sure they will say now that it won't be a problem for them, but it would be. Or imagine that a little child crawls into the midst of my horses and (God forbid) gets kicked? I would be blamed, and I woiuld feel responsible. I would do everything in my power to not let that happen, but I'm not there every moment of the day.

    Please be involved. Later might be too late.

    -- Posted by jessiemiller on Thu, Jan 22, 2009, at 9:31 AM
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