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Letters from Oct. 24, 2007
County growth: Enact basic regulations
No surprise that the same No Growth interests the county has tried to placate in land use regulation remain displeased and resort to court action. The County goes the extra mile to implement highly restrictive interpretations of GMA into local regulation, seldom satisfying the No Growth crowd. The cost of the countys attempts to placate these No Growthers and their predictable litigation is borne by taxpayers in increased cost of government and increased housing costs.
The No Growth elements work to force more extreme regulation but have no vested interest in the property they attempt to control. They do not own it or pay the taxes on it. They have no right to enter it or use it in any way. They only seek to deny use to the rightful owners.
The county has a simple way out of the problem. Stop trying to placate the No Growth crowd. Enact simple, basic regulations in compliance with GMA. Eliminate complex conditional regulations that open the door to litigation. In the end, we might find lower litigation costs, lower costs to prepare and maintain regulations, and lower regulatory cost to home and business construction. Sounds like a winner to me.