Posthaste Facts on the Environment #25


Elderly Woman Prevented from Building Home

Peggy Heinz knows first hand that the use of environmental regulations frequently has little to do with protecting the environment. For more information, contact Chad Cowan at (202) 507-6398.

Peggy Heinz gets emotional when she talks about her ordeal in building her retirement home. That's because her neighbors have been using environmental regulations to stop construction.

Heinz's land is located in one of the driest regions of Washington state. The lot itself is typically dry. But it has been designated a wetland because the high clay content of the soil makes drainage slower than usual.

Heinz, who lives on a fixed income of $1,000 a month, has already spent thousands of dollars to secure permits for her home including one year's income on septic permits and a month's wages on fill issues. But she still can't build.

Neighbors who live in houses on similar land have testified against Heinz before the county's Shoreline and Sensitive Areas Committee. They apparently fear that the construction would obstruct their view of the ocean. One even told her, "I don't have to buy your land, I can just see to it that you never use it."

Source: Citizens for Property Rights

Posthaste Facts on the Environment #25, published October 28, 1997 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 20 F Street NW, Suite 700 , Washington, D.C. 20001, (202) 507-6398, Fax (301) 498-1301, E-Mail [email protected]

Individuals often pay the costs of national environmental goals. Just ask Frank LaDue, featured in the upcoming National Directory of Environmental and Regulatory Victims. For information, contact Chad Cowan at (202) 507-6398 or [email protected].

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