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Friday, June 22, 2012
Soucek--There is None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See
abolishing ETJ was in the Watauga Democrat 2012-06-02. "...accompanying the senator were Republican Watauga County Board of Commissioners Chair Nathan Miller; Perry Yates, a Republican county commissioner candidate, contractor and owner of New River Building Supply; Keith Honeycutt, a former Republican county commissioner; Jeff Templeton, a Boone Planning Commission member, owner of Templeton Tours and member of a family of developers; Gary Knight; and Sam Adams."
Well Dan, here are some people you might want to listen to. If you would read the blogs in your
district as well as the local papers, you could learn something about this community which you have just come to.
ETJ Resident said...We'll never know how the majority of those living in the ETJ feel, since Soucek never held a hearing or consulted any of us. The only people's opinion that he seems to have consulted with are those powerful builders.
Andy said: Thanks for nothing, Soucek. Here we are out here just minding our own business and you come along and ruin our lives. I bought into the ETJ on purpose three years ago after looking for about that long for a house. I had saved the down payment for the better part of a decade. We bought a small home in a nice neighborhood KNOWING we would have zoning protections. That's the primary reason we bought here.
My Own Party Screwed Me, wrote: All Republican candidates just lost my vote. Every single one of you. I have voted straight Republican tickets for the last 6 years because I thought they had common sense, I live in the ETJ and you have just destroyed the value of my home with your crappy bill. No one ever asked any of us out here how we felt about this. Everyone in my neighborhood is as pissed off as I am.
Johnny said: I live on the western end in the ETJ. I can assure you I do not support Soucek's bill and would have told him so if he ever bothered to ask my opinion. He is screwing over people who bought their property in good faith that there were zoning protections. I'm assuming he will have the state legislature refund my loss in equity.
Concerned Citizen wrote: If there is no zoning in the ETJ we're headed for nothing but one huge student apartment complex after another. And I'll add that I don't think students like living in that kind of situation any more than any one else, but that's exactly what we'll have. So thanks for nothing, Soucek. You're a loser and have dragged the rest of us down with you. Dan are you really for protecting the local homeowners who live in the ETJ or are you out to pull the wool over the eyes of the sheep who so innocently and blindly follow you on your word? Tell the truth behind why you want to abolish the ETJ jurisdiction of Boone. Don’t be fooled my fellow citizens of Watauga County, if bill 949 is passed, you could be the next area that is over taken by corporate irresponsible Pharisees, (because they’re not fair, you see)! Shame on you Dan Soucek…
Commenter in Watauga Democrat Who Lives in the ETJ: I believe some see zoning as the government telling landowners what to do and sure, it does do that because it is set of regulations. However, without zoning you get the following scenario that Soucek's blind conservatism can't detect. If we don't have some uniform development codes and zoning, then it will be okay for a casino, sex shop, or a shooting range to open up beside your church, public school, or neighborhood. In fact, it would make it okay to put a Wal-mart in the middle of your neighborhood and would give the public no due process in filing grievances and lodging complaints. Of course, people like Soucek suggest that the market (real estate) will sort out these troubles but what he forgets is that only the wealthy folks have the money to hire attorneys to fight these serious issues of space mismatch. In fact, I'm not saying you can't have a Wal-mart or a gun range or a sex shop, all I'm saying, as well as good planning suggests, is that there has to be some consideration of where land and types of businesses can go and that they not encroach on my freedoms as a property owner, which would possibly devalue my property and make it potentially unsafe. I'm not even talking about all the state "zoning" laws that prohibit environmental impact issues. More important, with zoning, I have the right to say, "NO" to developers who want to put a Starbucks, a casino, or an apartment complex in my neighborhood
And Mike wrote: I want to be annexed. I want to vote. But protecting the town from greedy assholes is much more important to me.