Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Arizona Votes to Make Itself Uninhabitable

One of the most important issues in the recent election was the initiative measures that would require states to compensate land owners for the reduced value of their land if the land is downzoned to allow less development. These measures also put limits on eminent domain taking of land for non-public uses, and their publicity emphasized eminent domain and generally did not mention compensation for downzoning.

These laws would essentially make it impossible to downzone undeveloped land to stop sprawl. Because sprawl is a major cause of global warming, these laws would make it much more difficult to control global warming.

This initiative lost in California but won in Arizona.

Arizona is already the sprawl center of the world, and it looks like they plan to keep it up - until they make global warming so bad that the state becomes uninhabitable.


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