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  1. Try Something Different

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    March 15, 2012 by wcobserver

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    On Tuesday, March 13, the elected representatives of the citizens of West Fork will gather to discuss an issue that, on its surface, concerns a couple of acres of real estate in an upscale neighborhood on a picturesque avenue in the south part of town. Without trying to sound too dramatic here, the discussion will reflect a question that currently arises in a national debate about the role of government in balancing individual rights with collective well-being. Several months ago, a property owner began the process of changing his home’s designation from a residential to commercial in order to legally engage in several types of commercial activity. The Planning Commission, the job of which is to insure that land use is consistent with established zoning districts and long range plans, determined that a conditional use for his businesses was fine but his request to rezone the entire parcel was inconsistent with the character of the neighborhood and his application was denied. The property owner appealed to the City Council who overturned the decision of the Planning Commission. They were swayed by the argument that he “had a right” to do what he pleased on his property, as well as reaping …

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  2. The Concept of Planning

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    August 7, 2011 by wcobserver

    At first glance the idea of regulating the social and economic character of a town may seem counter intuitive – “It’s my land I’ll do whatever I want with it”. But the concept of planned communities has existed since humans corralled their animals and started living close together.

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