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Re: “UPDATE: Bill would abolish Capitol Zoning District Commission

Max, so much for journalistic integrity. You have failed to cover this issue with the attention and neutrality it deserves. If you were to do your research about the structure of zoning laws, and I recommend you do, you would see that the CZDC is a bit of an anomaly in the zoning world. Why on Earth is there a state agency charged with regulating zoning for what you called "a few hundred acres?" The CZDC is in equal administrative footing with legitimate state-wide entities like the Department of Finance and Administration, Child Welfare Enforcement, and various other state-wide entities.

The fact of the matter is that the CZDC's scope is not statewide, and however annoyed the readers of your blog might be about Rep. Bell's involvement in this restructuring of zoning laws with respect to this narrow plot of land, his proposed legislation is fundamentally correct. As your reader's have asked, why would someone from Mena be "meddling" in Little Rock zoning disputes? The CZDC's focus is on Little Rock, and Little Rock municipal zoning ordinances should be tasked with this regulatory power. This should not be a statewide agency. What a waste of taxpayer money! How much overhead is lost on the CZDC, where it could simply operate as a branch of LR Zoning.

Your blog post, in this respect, was incredibly one dimensional. Think what you want about Nate Bell and the other people you mentioned in this post, but should we have one entire state agency dedicated to zoning a few hundred acres? The answer is most certainly not. While the preservation of the views of the capitol is certainly a lofty goal, it is something that Little Rock Zoning can certainly handle--as is the model in the majority of states.

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Posted by ThePoint on 04/05/2013 at 1:45 PM
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