Why The Board Ignores You
Why is the Board of County Commissioners in Lewis and Clark County, Montana ignoring the citizens they’re supposed to represent? Why are they imposing draconian new zoning laws without proper notice?
That’s the question posed by county resident Michael Fasbender. According to Fasbender, “The answer is simple. They don’t want public input.”
There is a public protest process available to residents , and last year citizens protested the BOCC’s new zoning regulations. But county officials stonewalled residents and then cited some technicalities to throw out “the entire successful protest, thus disenfranchising almost 600 citizens. . . .”
Now the same trickster board is seeking to impose these same zoning laws, but without allowing for public input by doing so under cover of non-existent “emergency.”
By end-running the public’s opposition to the zoning, commissioners are also blatantly ignoring the law. “State law is very clear,” Fasbender points out; “the BOCC has to provide proper notice and hearing for any type of zoning.” Meaning even this new emergency zoning business.
Michael Fasbender isn’t taking this lying down. He’s suing.
There’s a critical relationship between our freedoms and the political procedures we need to maintain them. When our alleged representatives want to make sure we can’t watch what they’re doing — watch out!
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.