To the editor:
I would like to comment on something that was addressed at the candidate forum March 25.
The candidates were asked if the current planning and zoning regulations should be streamlined, and many agreed that something should be done.
This is the right answer.
I know that the original intention of the planning and zoning committee was to prevent the haphazard construction that occurred during the boom of the 1970s and 1980s.
However, they definitely have gone too far in the opposite direction.
In regard to the relationship between the city and the county, sure, things could be better. The County Commission represents all of the citizens of Craig and Moffat County, but as a county resident, I feel the commissioners speak on my behalf when dealing with the city.
There are a few City Council members who feel the county should work with the city and have the county adopt the same building regulations within the "magical" three-mile buffer surrounding Craig.
Well, as someone who lives within the three-mile buffer, I say no.
The city would love to see uniformity in construction in the lands adjacent to the city.
Those of us who live in the county give up certain conveniences for the privilege of living out of town.
Part of the custom and culture of Moffat County is private land ownership and maintaining private property rights.
By trying to impose limitations to out-building sizes, land use, etc, this is a taking that the city is trying to do and something that county residents should oppose.
Craig has not significantly grown in land area since the early 1990s, and to think that the city is going to grow into the three-mile buffer beyond the existing city limits is absurd. It is going to be some time before Craig has grown to the point where it needs to be 10 miles across from east to west and nine miles across from north to south.
I encourage voters to elect councilors that still value private property rights and throw out those who do not.
Edward T. Winters