Tuesday, December 26, 2006
I'm not so bewildered by the complaints of those just to the south of us in Haven Township, who are worried about development on their lands. What they want is to prevent other people from using their property as they see fit. This is a very basic leftist tradition -- I get to tell you what to do with your land -- and they use government power to keep it so.
The problem with government rules on land use is that when relative values change the rules are difficult to adjust. Without the Dept. of Natural Resources' rules, developers and landowners could reflect changing use values through the property market. Now they have to plead before county commissioners and state bureaucracy, where property owner A can use force to prevent a transaction between owner B and developer C.
"We do feel that it's not really a valid reason for changing the rules, just because of expansion and developmental growth," resident and river advocate Jane Korte said. "We feel that the river continues to need protection."
The township board of supervisors passed a resolution last week calling for the DNR to keep the existing rules.
However, the DNR has been working to update the river's management plan since the late 1990s.
The plan in place hasn't been changed since it was adopted three decades ago, and officials say it no longer accurately reflects the St. Cloud area's rapid growth.
You have to wonder, how many other projects that might have happened along the riverbank in St. Cloud are held up by such arrangements?