Day 168 – Two Articles Against Zoning Laws

Over the past few years, I have had numerous conversations with people on property rights and why I believe property owners should be able to use their property as they see fit, as long as it does not involve aggressing against another’s person or property.

Here is a usual response I get:
Friend – “So you don’t believe in zoning laws?”
Me – “No.”
Friend – “So I can make my yard in a residential area a parking lot, or build a restaurant on my property in the middle of a neighborhood, or paint my house, which is in a historical neighborhood, chartreuse green with orange and pink stripes?”
Me – “Sure, as long as you have not contractually agreed to do otherwise. The government should not be able to tell you what you can and cannot do with your property.”
Friend – “What about eminent domain? Shouldn’t the government be able to annex your property, with compensation of course, for the greater good of society?”
Me – “Of course not! If you do not agree to sell your property, the government is engaging in pure theft.”

Anyway, I have not had time to write up my views on zoning laws and eminent domain. Today, however, I came across two very good articles on zoning laws over at the Mises Institute. I do not share these authors’ views 100%, but they make some pretty good arguments. Check these two articles out:

How Zoning Rules Would Work in a Free Society by Ben O’Neill
Zoning is Theft by Jim Fedako

One response to “Day 168 – Two Articles Against Zoning Laws”

  1. hankd Avatar

    ok i agree with what your saying about you should be able to do what you like with your yard. with in reason.

    but what is with in reason? i think there should be a set of standards that you should have to follow. which should be set by the state not the government. now are you talking about the state being the government? you could even break it down there the county could set the standards.

    having the government set the standards is just out of control. because you would have a group of people that do not take in account for all the factors they would only make generic standards for state. when that state has their own unique traits, and those traits will never get factored in.

    the government likes to think they have control. “but control is something no one has.” -hankd

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