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You Can’t Do That

02 Mar 2019 | : blog

You can’t do that but it’s okay for others to do that.

In Ivins, Utah certain people are prevented by ordinance and threat of fines of $25 per day from using their property as they see fit, while others can do anything they like, especially if they are developers.

On June 20th 2018 town attorney and planning commission  member Bryan Pack stood in a hearing of the Administrative court and said that box-shipping box storage units were not allowed in Ivins,  ie. on my farm.

And the Judge, Darin Barney said that anything after a May 2008 ordinance was not allowed.

Just the other day I  was driving past the Red Mountain Spa and this is what I saw over the fence:2 28 2018 box storage units 003A shipping box with it’s top protruding over the fence.

On June  20, 2018, Dale Colum the city manager said of storage trailers at my farm that “someone could take the stuff out and put a bed in them and then they would be livable”.

So what about the  shipping storage box at Red Mountain Spa?

Farmer David Hafen is “grandfathered in” and doesn’t have to abide by the 2008 ordinance.

This was told to me by former zoning department head Kevin Rudd.

The storage trailers at my farm were screened with vegetation and fencing but this is what I saw this week at the Hafen farm through a wire fence:2 28 2018 box storage units 0012 28 2018 box storage units 002

A blue and a yellow shipping box beside each other, not screened at all.

How is it okay for this?  Both places have put these on their property since the 2008 ordinance.

“The stuff could be taken out and beds put in and then people can live in them.”

So it’s okay for them but not for me?

And trailers according to the 2008 ordinance can not be parked on property unless there is a primary residence on said property.

There is screening and fences at my farm.

What about these:Julyy 2 18  other trailers tunnel 005Aug 8th 2018  high profile vehicles or structures 010And I have other photos through out Ivins of similar illegally  parked on vacant lots.

 

And why has this road been moved just by my farm with no public notice, or notice to me?Aug 22 2018  farm road 009

It all boils down to what former councilman Steve Roberts said:

“A property owner has a right to do what he wants with his property.” 

But not the long time resident who must do what the city says he can or can’t do with his property?

Property rights only exist for the few, the developer, the business, the big farmer.

Everyone else has no rights.

 

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