rosemary schmidt wrote:My thought is that I need to start planting "protected plants" all over my property and get my neighbors to do the same. Not only will that enrich my soil but it will bring back much needed insects, birds and eventually bigger wildlife.
Eric Hanson wrote:Rosemary, I strongly suspect that what the local municipality really wants is an easement on your property.
Cristo Balete wrote:Rosemary, if you can, a consultation with a lawyer who deals with city and county codes and the environment might be a real help. You'll want a lawyer to talk to who doesn't do work for the city you have issues with, so maybe one in the next town if it's not too far away. Sounds like you're in the County, and that county would use local lawyers.
You can call around and sort of phone-interview a few lawyers for free, see if you feel comfortable with the person you are talking to, and ask them this specific phrase, "Do you or your firm do any work for the City or County here, and would that be a 'conflict of interest.' if we have a consultation." If they don't specialize in what you need, ask them who would. Then a consultation might be up around $100+, but it's worth it for information and peace of mind.
rosemary schmidt wrote:
Yes I am hoping that my and my neighbors stream will put a halt to anything they plan but also wonder how far away from a stream/creek are they allowed to put in that sort of system.
I envision myself being surrounded by huge factories or neighborhoods where the houses are 20 feet apart from each other because they were able to install the sewer system far enough away and then the buildings put closer to my land. One of my neighbors has hundreds of acres and if he wants to sell that could very well happen I suppose.
My dream of being away from the city, out in the country may be slowly nibbled away as they continue to build and build. I'm too old to sell and change after putting so much into this property with the thought of having my own wonderful wide open space to finish out my life on and then pass it on to my son who has put a lot of his own blood sweat and tears into it as well.
Maybe I am panicking all for nothing, who knows...
With this thread, I have gotten some good ideas and will keep my ear to the ground on this issue so that I can, hopefully, stem the tide if it starts to go south.