"Zoning is Communism," said St. Johns County Commission candidate Johnny Coe Counts, a farmer from Cracker Swamp, at the April 26, 2022 second Growth Management workshop at the County Commission Taj Mahal.
The United Supreme Court disagrees, upholding zoning laws for a century.
It sounds extremist, but we need to discuss and debate zoning.
My father was as Realtor, and I know first-hand from his stories how zoning affects housing.
I agree that some local and Florida zoning law are overbearing.
I agree that Mr. Counts has a point, albeit poorly made with emotional language..
Let the debate on zoning begin.
Harsh regulations on food trucks, tiny houses and duplex and aoartment homes typify the genre of misguided regulations that inflate the cost of housing, making Florida the least affordable state in our Nation.
Let's enforce the Fair Housing Act and take a stand against "snob zoning."
If the late U.S. Department of Labor Chief Administrative Law Judge Nahum Litt (1979-1995), my sagacious mentor, were alive, he would advise me to ask St. Johns County Commissioners about our developer-written zoning laws: "Who benefits?" ("Cui bono?)