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Defeating Zoning and Building Codes - New York

- Index page of information about strategies for citizens to defeat zoning and building codes that infringe on property rights in New York.

Zoning and Building Codes - National

- Index page of information about strategies for citizens to defeat zoning and building codes that infringe on property rights around the nation.
"Zoning and Building Codes: Rules Beyond Reason"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse., President, Property Rights Foundation of America, Inc., Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
Delivered as the welcome address, this speech gave LaGrasse's overview from personal experience and observations, first as a civil engineer practicing in New York City and over most recent decades involved in private property rights in upstate New York. City zoning serves well-connected interests. The State's regional Adirondack zoning for supposedly environmental purposes is in reality the product of scheming wealthy New York City interests, as well. Building codes have gone far beyond their original purpose to protect public health and safety, to micromanage and obstruct private homeowners' plans.
Zoning Glossary—Key Rulings
- A Short Zoning Glossary of Key Rulings by Carol W. LaGrasse, from Positions on Property, Vol. 3, No. 2, May 1996.
"Zoning Is Not The Answer"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Speech sponsored by Austerlitz Citizens Together (ACT), Spencertown, New York, May 22, 2006
The other side of rural zoning includes interest-driven preservation grants, unrealistic assumptions about the countryside, formulaistic studies and plans by consultants, and strait jacketing of grandfathered small businesses. Instead, private property rights and freedom should be paramount.
   Zoning's Downside
- The Broad Picture Overlooked by the Press, speech by Carol W. LaGrasse to the National Conference of Editorial Writers, September 20, 1997, Madison, Wisconsin.

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