We are Natrona County citizens who are questioning our local governments on land use rights. Our County is changing because of something new came to town. Its called sustainabale development/ building the wyoming we want, its called many things across the county and its bad news for rural land owners and property owners alike. Its based on conserving land space, by packing us in so tight into denser populated areas, gone are the days when you could own 10 acres and be left alone. this is seen as a waste of space a single family dwelling on such a large acrage.
A few years ago it was adopted by gosen and platte counties here in wyoming and many of the laws and ordinances that have those residents in that area landlocked already are unhappy with the outcome. Because of tougher and more strict land use laws. many have lost their lands to developers and eminant domain claims for new wind towers and power lines. issues like these are at the root of this issue. its no longer about cars or junk or, nuisances its about your property rights as american. as a wyominite native my friends can not believe what is being allowed to happen in this great state by the ones who swore to protect us and our constitutional rights as citizens.
Now that our local leaders have took it upon themselves to bring this here. We have choosen to fight back. to inform people of these new land use requirments. That are both unfair and unneeded. that these new changes seem to almost be different daily and its promise of a perfect comminity, where everyone lives in ticky taky housing above retail stores. and everyone rides a bicycle or the rail system that will most likely never is built. crowding folks in to denser populations and leaving the rural areas for developers to do what ever they want, under the guise of returrning to nature, but thats not really why. its to control lands, water and resources, forcing many land owners to sell for lack of money to combat the changing land use laws. I am like many are discouraged with the way our officials use our money to take your land on pretenses of public health and safety and morals. what does that mean. if your on private property how it does it have anything to do with public anything? ITS PRIVATE.... Some would call it the collective. Meaning they are placing your land use rights below your neighbors. This could not be any more distorted then it is. Your neighbor has more control on your land use then you do.?
. As we go into the the 21st century in wyoming, we are finding out that there still is a great need for coal and gas exploration and extraction. and many in the industry live in wyoming and natrona county as well. these and many other types of self employments are the jobs that built wyoming and many of these kinds of jobs have equipment used by residents. weather its oil, gas, roads, fuel, biz equipment is a common sight in folks lands.
Many have used their lands for decades for storage of equipment and as home based rural busineses. for their hobbys, and or recreation. These are now under a threat of must apply for permits but you will only get one if your in the correct zoning district now. gone are the days of you useing your land to make money, grow crops, or store your toys. your now subjected to inspection 2 times a year if you can get a permit., SO if your like us a trouble maker, so they look for other zoning problems. if found they will pull their permits and your out of luck and forced to comply with new regualtions, becuase you signed your rights away when you signed on the dotted line for the permit. they can and do limit what and how many of anything you can own on your private property. you have watched as your legal non conforming use is attacked with GIS and local officials because you bucked the system. your now an outcast and made to look like a nut.
Now is the time to get involved in your local government, they cant seem to listen to the people anymore, they have decided that you are no body and their buddys and followers deserve all the money and rights they can make or take off your demise. Natrona county is currently spending 60k on the revamping of our zoning resolution and you can almost bet its to sow up any conflicting issues with OUR LAND USE PLAN. so get involved attend meetings, call your state representives, ask them why they are buying into this smart growth and what it really means to your way of life or doing business. contact bocc members in casper and tell them your thoughts, not that it will do any good. but you must try anyway and put a stop to the blantant disregard to what the people want. and WE ALL must make them stand up for their oath of office to protect life, liberty and property of its voters.