Off The Grid wrote:
It's a shame but y'know wherever you go in this world today, you will find the same Government thing, pretty much.
The land is in Sainte-Adele, Qc
I could go with only 13 acres but the question my wife and I are asking ourself is: what next! When will they decide they now aren t allowing something or something in the law is changing.... we get the feeling that more bad surprises are going to happen in the future!
The sad thing is these people think they are protecting the environment! It s the same people that make a lot of law to protect agricultural land against development but when you try to make more sustainable agricultural land, they refuse!
gary gregory wrote:
still wonder as I read what some folks would try if all codes were done away with.
gary gregory wrote:I am currently reading Joe Saletin's book, "Everything I want to do is illegal". It is a good read and well written but I still wonder as I read what some folks would try if all codes were done away with.
Who are "some folks" going to possibly hurt by meddling around on their own property? Only themselves. And more than likely, poor construction will lead to head aches and major repairs, not injury or death.
Also, aren't we all about cutting corners here at permies? How do you build a $5,000 house without cutting corners? Couldn't you define corner cutting as increased efficiency, assuming the end result is just as functional?
jacque g wrote:
"Also, aren't we all about cutting corners here at permies?"
To me, cutting corners means slipshod, ad hoc, thoughtless actions. And no, that is not my reading of permaculture, low-tech lifestyle, or green building.
jacque g wrote:Your best defense against what seems to you to be unwarranted intrusiveness is to first get some understanding of why the regulations exist in the first place. Then you can think about how to make the case that the purpose can be met in some other way.
PeakEverything wrote:I honestly believe that the purpose of building codes are to force people to build the "ideal" house, based on a far away bureaucrat's or home builder's ideal.
The codes are designed by the industry to drive their profits.
gary gregory wrote:What industry are you referring to?
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
solarguy, how much does it cost to hire an engineer to sign off on your design? I'm just curious.
M. Edwards wrote:
Too often these beaurocrats haven't the slightest idea what they're talking about
As a revenue generating scheme, some localities are using sat imagery to compare properties, year to year. If they see something has changed, they send the code enforcement people out to see what you've been up to.
There is software that "looks" for those changes, so it just flags "interesting" properties to be reviewed by a human.
I have reason to believe I have an overly enthusiastic enforcement guy.