Recent experiences in Box Elder County have given need to share information gained. A desire to allow a family member to build a home on the family farm has turned into a bureaucratic and financial nightmare.
A meeting with the county planner was held, a request to construct a 250-foot driveway leading to the desired building lot soon turned into an eight-lot subdivision with curb, gutter, sidewalks, utilities, fire hydrants and street signs, all to be deeded to Box Elder County upon completion. An investment in excess of $200,000 dollars was needed to allow a young family into the neighborhood.
We have empowered our local leaders with the ability to place restrictions, levy taxes, and dictate policies that severely diminish our rights as property owners. I understand the need to structure growth with the future in mind. We cannot deny the fact that growth effects every one of us, but responsible development is required and is necessary.
Consistent policy with reasonable restrictions would allow developers and property owners a basis to make informed decisions. As it is with ever-changing policy, a target that is continually moving and our community suffers.
Young adults, many with families (the future) are being taxed in the form of unaffordable housing. To Quote Thomas Jefferson, "I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be."