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City Leaders Object to Church’s Cross

Happy Jake Wrote: Sep 05, 2013 6:37 AM
Zoning laws tend to be the bane of freedom. Not that they aren't needed in some form - so someone doesn't build a chemical plant in the middle of a residential neighborhood, for example - but just as frequently they are abused to restrict people's rights to do what they will with their own property. If it isn't a health or safety issue (which the FAA and MDOT should consider) and it's on private property, and it's not, for example, obscene, noisy, smelly, or brightly lit at night (think the Vegas Strip), I'm not sure why the zoning law has to be written or interpreted to make this a problem. Is a 110 foot cross ostentatios? Probably. Is it self-promoting? Perhaps. Is it obnoxious? I might even grant that. But what's the difference between that and a billboard advertising a McDonalds, a fireworks store, or a strip club? Or maybe those 100-foot signs they put next to highways to advertise restaurants and hotels at the next exit?
tbutterworth Wrote: Sep 05, 2013 6:51 PM
Zoning laws are unconstitutional as a whole... the founders made it clear that citizens are allowed to own land in this nation and as such in order to own it you also have to have the freedom to use it in any way you choose. Zoning laws create nothing but a perpetual renters agreement where the government is the land lord that can modify the agreement any time they choose!
Dean197 Wrote: Sep 05, 2013 9:53 AM
The difference is that those other things are all built in places where they're legal.
G-Pa Chaz Wrote: Sep 05, 2013 8:09 AM
Exactly, Happy Jake, I was thinking the same thing. This cross doesn’t seem to be an “auxiliary structure” so much as a sign, both in form and function. If the zoning allows for the big billboards you mention, it should also allow the cross.
red-dot-in-a-blue-state Wrote: Sep 05, 2013 9:02 AM
If it's in a zone where something this size is restricted, be it a billboard or a cross, then it shouldn't be built. Before the law gets changed, find out why it's there in the first place.
Dean197 Wrote: Sep 05, 2013 9:54 AM
Where the church is zoned doesn't seem to allow for any tall structures at all, including billboards.
Happy Jake Wrote: Sep 05, 2013 6:39 AM

I never could spell.