Critics Fear National Heritage Area Would Threaten Property Rights

The AP has a nice story on the “Journey Through Hallowed Ground” proposed National Heritage Area today:

Objections are coming from several sources over a proposal for a 175-mile National Heritage Area extending from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Monticello…Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf supports the historic corridor…

But Maryland Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and the National Center for Public Policy believe the designation could be an infringement on property rights…

John Fieseler heads up the Tourism Council of Frederick County, Maryland and is a board member for the project. He says it would change local control over zoning and land use.

That last paragraph is interesting. It appears to be saying that a board member of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground project agrees with our contention that adoption of a new federal Heritage Area would interfere with local control over local zoning and land use, but that this would be a good thing.The National Center’s Peyton Knight also did an interview today with the Washington D.C. all-news powerhouse radio station WTOP on the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area proposal, and was pleased by the resulting story.

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