Letter to the editor: Say no to 74

Posted 10/24/18

Say no to 74 Amendment 74 is one of those proposals that sounds like a good idea but would have horrible consequences. If someone wants to open a pot shop in your neighborhood and the town passes a …

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Letter to the editor: Say no to 74

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Say no to 74

Amendment 74 is one of those proposals that sounds like a good idea but would have horrible consequences. If someone wants to open a pot shop in your neighborhood and the town passes a new law banning such shops, under 74 the property owner could sue the town and win. In fact, all other commercial property owners in the town could argue that the market for their property was reduced and they could sue.

Any zoning change made by a town or county would result in numerous lawsuits. Local governments will basically be prevented from making any zoning changes because all such changes would result in someone suing. If a property owner is not allowed to develop his property as he wishes (such as putting a store in a neighborhood that doesn’t want a store) he could sue. If he is allowed, the property owners around him could sue. Local governments will be paralyzed and/or bankrupted.

The only winners will be the lawyers that file the flood of lawsuits that would be the result of the passage of 74. Of all the bad ideas I have seen, this is one of the worst, unless you want to be forced to allow pot shops and other development you don’t want into your town.

Ronald Curry

Parker

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