Let's not lose our freedom to planning and zoning
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:00 PM
First - Comprehensive plan, then zoning ordinances. Zoning ordinances have the force of law and put the comprehensive plan to work.
Journal & Courier, May 5 - Mr. Sanders, Clarks Hill, has bred border collies on his property for more than 40 years, has lived on his property for more than 50 years.
Mr. Sanders moved his kennel from the garage to a building built in 1981. The Tippecanoe County Board of Zoning Appeals decided Sanders is now in violation of zoning ordinances of Tippecanoe County.
After the move, the kennel was no longer lawful without a special exception, the Tippecanoe County Board of Zoning Appeals ruled.
According to James Ayers, Crawfordsville attorney, Sanders has four choices. He can appeal to the courts, apply for a special exception, shut down or move.
My thought is Mr. Sanders ' kennel was in operation when the ordinances were drafted and came under the grandfather law, being lawful until he moved the kennel.
If zoning is accepted in Montgomery County, I have no idea what the first ordinances will be, but there is no doubt the ordinances will grow.
Our forefathers fought for freedom. Freedom is precious. Let's not lose it.