Thursday, February 04, 2010


"The people of Adams County are strongly against zoning of any kind."  We've heard that since 1975 at least.

Perhaps we should add "Except when they're not."  Supposedly thousands of them are now prepared to urge the County to bar a planned wind farm because those structures would disrupt their...get this....quality of life.

Surely The Basin is not the only one who gets the irony of this--NIMBY meets "It's my land to do with what I want".

Somehow, I'm guessing this one doesn't play out with anybody making into the next edition of "Profiles in Courage."

[Basin disclosure: Several of the born again NIMBY's are dear friends of mine and were never in the vanguard of the Anti-Zoning Movement.]


At 10:05 AM, February 04, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's get rid of the phone and power lines too! And that highway running through that part of the county is certainly an eyesore.

At 10:19 AM, February 04, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

The irony is just that nobody wants use on HIS OWN LAND restricted but suddenly a whole bunch of Rural Adams Countians want SOMEBODY ELSE'S LAND restricted in use.

I have watched this psychodrama for about forty years and this is an amusing twist.


At 11:46 AM, February 04, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure that this group is all that big and it's leader is a first generation newcomer to the rural area which he wants to conform to his beliefs. He is entitled to his opinion , but don't try to force it on those of us who were here first.

At 1:56 PM, February 04, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suddenly? Ever heard of Ewbanksgate?

At 2:42 PM, February 04, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Ewbanks folks first sought to invoke at least a preexisting zoning authority. Only after that failed did they try to create a little island of land use control. Similar, not as broad and not as ironic.


At 3:09 PM, February 04, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kennedy managed to keep them out of the area where he went sailing ... he didn't even want to look at them from his sailboat.

But hog farms and wind generators are all about who you know I guess.

What seems odd to me (I can see the Pigeon Creek wind generator from my house ... I kinda like it) is that that the area down by Barry was just updated to a level 3 area a few years ago, barely profitable for a wind farm.

But somehow they now are putting them in Adams County, which is just class 2 ... and I know the Pigeon Creek one isn't working correctly, and they worry that the Chinese (?) company that guarantees them will not remain solvent.

This seems like more paygo pork, and by paygo, I don't mean pay as you go, I mean if you pay the right porker, you get to go ahead with your expensive project.

Who is getting rich off these unprofitable schemes? Is there really a payback ... ever? (I mean a real payback ... not like "hell yeah, the taxpayer is forking over millions to us on this crap")

At 3:11 PM, February 04, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, it's real similar in thet they too wanted to decide how someone else could use their own land.


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