Orange County targets growth

“A movement to control residential sprawl in
Orange County has been invigorated by a survey showing that a majority of
residents think growth should be directed to designated
areas.

A proposed change to the
subdivision ordinance would allow Orange?s agricultural landowners to
divide their property three times every 10 years, a decrease from the current
rule of four times every four years.

In yet another sign that growth is enveloping
our region, the Daily Progress reports that Orange County is
examining growth in their
County.

“A movement to control
residential sprawl in Orange County has been invigorated by a survey showing
that a majority of residents think growth should be directed to designated
areas.

A proposed change to
the subdivision ordinance would allow Orange?s agricultural landowners to
divide their property three times every 10 years, a decrease from the current
rule of four times every four years.

A full house is expected
at a public hearing on the matter at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Prospect Heights
Middle School cafeteria”

Simply
put,
” ?Property rights are the basis
for all your freedom and liberty,? Supervisor Grover Wilson said.
?What?s the use in owning [land] if someone else is controlling
it??”

It is hard to argue
with the property rights argument. I find it difficult to simply accept that the
common good ” is more important that the rights
of the individual. Nifty eminent domain article here (link good until
2/6/05)

The fact that Orange does not
have a reservoir ought to be a point of concern as well. During the drought a
couple of years ago, I recall that they were especially hard hit. At least
Charlottesville/Albemarle had their reservoirs to draw from a couple of years
ago.

The article is worth a read.

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