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Wesley johnsen
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what do you think is better, owning land that is protected with a conservation easement or leasing protected land that is owned by a community land trust? do you think the community land trust takes away personal freedom? last do you think a community land trust would not allow a vacation cabin?
 
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Wesley Johnson : This could grow into at least a dozen threads and at least 1/2 of them could quickly grow Contentious ! heres what I Think

The original land owner gets something for his conservation easement, He agrees to not allow any Development of his land, and the Land
(School-sometimes) Taxes get Frozen!

A community land trust can literally be shaped to mean anything, New Housing developments will have provisions for a Neighborhood Council, the same
document slightly rewritten can serve for a Tenants Association when a building goes co-op!

You can find yourself told what color to paint your house, where and when you can have a Fence, and be banned from hanging out laundry on your own property
- that's right ! NO Right to Dry !!!

Its not just a bunch of rules wrote down some where, there is a sitting board of members of the land trust who mostly vote themselves on and off of that board
who may or may not like The Way you part you hair !

Heres an example, every Spring when the ice goes out of Secret lake, the fish start biting like mad for a week ! You plan your vacation and load up the truck to
take you across the back part of the Land Trust on a mostly dirt road, Travel at your own risk, but maintained for members only! You get to the start of the road,
5 miles long and it takes you to within a 1/2 mile of the lake -

- And the damn Land Trust Association, has closed the road posting a notice it is closed for spring maintenance !

O.K., Now you will have to hike the whole way in, needing two trips in to set up your fishing Camp ! Boy will you have something to say at the next meeting !

- Next Meeting you find out that by closing the road for 3-weeks every spring as the Frost comes out of the ground, they allow the road to harden without soft
spots and the road is open for travel the rest of the year, The Association Saves its members Several thousand dollars in maintenance it has avoided !

- If they had only told You !

In ether case, if I were interested in the property, I would take the paperwork to a lawyer familiar with the case law and not employed by the Land Trust for his
opinion of my options, remembering that just like going to the doctor for advice, I am spending money for a professional opinion, and if I don't take that advice
I am only hurting myself ! For the Good of The Crafts ! Big AL !
 
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