Zoning Dispute: Whats the objectivist position?

Posted by robgambrill 3 years, 10 months ago to Government
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The local Maker-Space ( a well equipped workshop you can pay to use) is so popular that it is annoying the surrounding homeowners.

Homeowners have the right to protect the investment in their houses, and have some considerable say in what affects the value of their homes.

The (privately owned) Hammerspace workshop provides a somewhat unique service of value to its customers. Less tangibly, it provides mentoring and training to its members, and has allowed the creation of dozens of small and side businesses.

I am curious what a city council in a objectivist society would do in such a situation?

Any comments?
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  • Posted by $ CBJ 3 years, 10 months ago
    My understanding is that government-enforced zoning would not exist in an Objectivist society, and issues such as this would be handled through voluntary “deed restrictions” set up as each neighborhood was formed, and which would continue in effect through subsequent sales of each property. The city of Houston, Texas already has a system of this type in place: http://www.houstontx.gov/council/k/Le...
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  • Posted by $ blarman 3 years, 10 months ago
    Zoning ordinances are a dangerous business and very easy to be abused for political or personal gain by members of government. I understand the arguments about community planning associations and a neighbor's complaints, but the facts of the matter come down to a simple question: am I free to use my land how I want to?
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