Monday, August 15, 2016

The Red Tape Times (article 3)

A family in Sugarcreek, Missouri is being threatened with fines for growing their own produce on their own property and the usual suspects are responsible.

Story

 Last year they were cited for violating a city ordinance that prohibited homeowners from having weeds in their garden. They complied with this ordinance, but the parasitic bureaucrats in city council decided to pass a new ordinance that prohibited the growth of vegetation in front yards and apply it retroactively, in violation of their own laws specifically the Non-conforming uses clause of Appendix A - Zoning:

'Non-conforming uses. A non-conforming use of land, building or structure which existed lawfully at the time of the adoption of the ordinance may be continued indefinitely, except when the use is discontinued or abandoned for one hundred eighty (180) consecutive days, or when there is a change to another non-conforming use. If the use is non-conforming only because of off-street parking or load requirements, the use, building or structure shall have all of the rights of conforming uses. Any alteration, enlargement, repair or restoration of a non-conforming use, building'

Sugar Creek Zoning code

This is not just an assault on property rights; this is also an assault on the father's ingenuity (the man who is growing the produce) and ordinary people like him who would rather rely on their own green thumb than consume Monsanto's insecticide laced GMO crap that is being pumped into supermarkets.

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