I would like to applaud Tom Kay for speaking up (paid letter Nov. 13 DCI). I for one am sick of some of the haughty contradictions in — and outside — our county.
Like "Buy fresh, buy local — but not in my backyard." That goes well with the old "Stop gas wells in Delta County" — printed on vinyl stickers. For your car.
Frankly, I was surprised at first by the organic gnashing of teeth and backlash against the Hostetler organic chicken farms. In retrospect, I shouldn't have been. It isn't really about organic, or local, or "community." It's about the Nouveau Good Ol' Boys Club (NGOBC, or CLUC for short). The NGOBC doesn't care about your livelihood — after all, business is evil. They don't care if your alfalfa is organic or not — after all, pastures represent the rape of the planet. They care about their property values. And try to force the rest of us to care about their property values too, because that is one of the tools used to keep the riff-raff (non-NGOBC) out of their viewshed.
Mr. Kay, just before espousing the idea of zoning, explains that zoning doesn't actually work. After reading the Grand Junction Sentinel for many years, I agree — it doesn't work. Grand Junction, with its zoning regulations, is filled with the exact same bitter battles over what neighbors should or should not be allowed to do with, to, or in their homes, businesses, and farms. And the regulations merely become "guidelines" (same as the Master Plan), dependent on the number of angry busybody neighbors who show up and believe they should have a "vote" on other people's resources.
However, perhaps the zoning idea IS attractive. Perhaps we should zone the entire unincorporated Delta County as agricultural. That doesn't necessarily mean those who choose to live amidst farms and ranches while complaining via their lawyers about farms and ranches would be forced to move into town, with its poor viewshed. But they would, as Mr. Kay points out, have less of a leg to stand on when filing frivolous, anti-non-NGOBC lawsuits against their farming and ranching neighbors.
(Outside of town)