Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Property Rights Abuses in Washington State!

Washington's I-933 will protect private property rights from excessive government regulations that damage the use and value of private property.

State and local governments have already begun dismantling these rights. Below are several examples.

King County has adopted a "65-10" plan requiring some property owners to leave 65 percent of their property in native vegetation, and to have "impervious surfaces" on no more than 10 percent. Impervious surfaces, in King County, include dirt and gravel roads.

Thurston County is considering a set of regulations that would impose 300-foot buffers along waterways; require some property owners to fence themselves out of part of their property for wildlife habitat, restrict gardening and agricultural activities, limit the use of some generators, and damage use and value of property by not permitting additional structures on some properties.

Clark County has proposed to set aside habitat for banana slugs.

Jefferson County has proposed 450-foot "default" wetland buffers, threatening the flexibility farmers need to stay in business.

The City of Bellevue considered banning tree topping, which would have limited the view from many properties.

The City of Sammamish at one point created a "lottery" to draw the names of residents to determine if they were allowed to apply for permits for uses already allowed on their properties.

The state Supreme Court has upheld a growth hearings board order for Ferry County to adopt habitat restrictions for certain animals that have not been seen in Ferry County.

A growth management hearings board has ordered Stevens County to adopt property use restrictions to protect a bird that is not on the state or federal protected species lists and is found in great abundance across several states.


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