This is in reference to the farmers and landowners who have commented about being allowed to do whatever they want with their land and that others shouldnâ€™t have a say about it.
Iâ€™d like to say, â€śHow would you like it if I decided to open up our farm fields to young dirt bike enthusiasts looking for a place to ride their vehicles, and it was open seven days a week?â€ť And it was lighted, so they could even ride at night.
Of course, weâ€™ll make sure there are mufflers on each bike, with noise limits of just 55 decibels. And weâ€™ll make sure the lights at night blink so they arenâ€™t on all the time. And if the area is zoned for agriculture but we allow them as a â€śpermitted use,â€ť it would be OK with you, wouldnâ€™t it?
Besides, you may not live here year round; maybe you donâ€™t live here at all. This would be OK with you, Iâ€™m sure, because, after all, we should be able to do whatever we want with our land, right? Itâ€™s our land, is it not?
Or maybe Iâ€™ll put up a rendering plant. That fits better into an agriculturally zoned area. I wonâ€™t tell you Iâ€™m doing it, however. Maybe you wonâ€™t find out about it until after I sign my economic development agreement with the county and line up my tax abatement because I will employ about three or four people. Of course, Iâ€™m not promising theyâ€™ll be local hires.
We all live in something we like to call a society. We must learn to get along and enjoy our properties, but not in any manner that would take away our neighborâ€™s ability do the same. This is why we have zoning and ordinances and rules and such. You wouldnâ€™t want me to dam up my part of Little Pipe Creek that runs through my property because, â€śGee, Iâ€™d like a big pond to go fishing inâ€ť now would ya?
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