A proposed law for King County, Washington would require that landowners set aside 65% of their property and keep it in its natural, vegetative state.
Does this sound like good environmental policy, or does it sound like unreasonable "hijacking" of private property by environmentalists?
Personally, I'd be incensed if anyone changed the rules on me mid-stream and told me the land I'd bought with intents of developing could no longer be used.
KING COUNTY, Wash. — Residents of King County, Wash., will only be able to build on 10 percent of their land, according to a new law being considered by the county government, which, if enacted, will be the most restrictive land use law in the nation.
Known as the 65-10 Rule, it calls for landowners to set aside 65 percent of their property and keep it in its natural, vegetative state. According to the rule, nothing can be built on this land, and if a tree is cut down, for example, it must be replanted. Building anything is out of the question.
Most of the residents who will be directly affected by the regulations — those who own property in the rural areas of the country — are fuming. They see the new regulations as a land grab and a violation of their property rights.
"My take is it's stealing — out and out stealing," said county resident Marshall Brenden. "They're taking 65 percent of your land that you fought for years to pay for, paid mortgages on and now you can't use it."