The question of rural development
Before the week completely gets away from me, I should mention Kevin Leininger’s column in Saturday’s News-Sentinel with the headline “A battle over property rights.”
Here’s the lead:
Drive down most any road in rural Allen County and you’ll see them in increasing numbers: new homes scattered among the barns, fields, fences and old farmhouses.
But the pastoral tranquility is deceiving. County planners and many developers see those homes as an impediment to sensible growth – while real-estate agents defend them as monuments to property rights.
The problem isn’t the parceling of the land. It’s the roads, the sewers, the water and the utilities. And I’m finding I’m not as libertarian on the issue as I once was.
I really couldn’t care less what color your house is, and whether or not you own a horse — if you can control the smell somewhat. But we property owners are all in this together when the discussion turns to roads and utilities. Some control seems necessary.
I’d love to hear Rachel‘s take on this — and anyone else who has a stake in the discussion.
Update: The county approved the land-sale rules (as Rachel points out in a comment below).
— Jon Swerens · Photo by Dean Terry on Flickr