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New Land Grab

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08/04/2004
In the name of "Growth Control:" "The most controversial proposal and the one many rural property owners consider an illegal "taking" of their land would require that native vegetation be preserved on 65 percent of each parcel. Landowners also are upset by provisions that would limit homebuilding and paving to 10 percent of the land and would increase setbacks on each side of fish-bearing streams to up to 165 feet and around wetlands to up to 300 feet." Essentially, the government owns your land now, it's just kind enough to tolerate your presence.

Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is the editor of Mises Wire and The Austrian. Send him your article submissions, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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