See through the scare tactics
The opponents of zoning focus all their arguments on what might happen five, ten or fifteen years from now if zoning is adopted. Their arguments use scare tactics by predicting things that are unlikely to occur. Never do they discuss what is actually in the zoning ordinance. The ordinance is an extremely modest, reasonable and non-intrusive proposal.
For instance, the unique overlapping districts allow for farming to exist anywhere in the county. Residential uses are permitted throughout the county. Small businesses are encouraged, even in residential areas.
The few exceptions would include only large scale projects such as a motocross raceway or large industrial plants, which would be restricted to certain areas of the county. There are protections to water rights in Cold Run Valley so future generations can enjoy them as much as we do.
The people who drafted this ordinance were a cross-section of people from the county. Some are strong opponents of zoning and others are strong proponents. What all had in common was to come up with the least intrusive form of zoning possible. The overlapping districts are rarely seen in zoning ordinances. It is the only zoning ordinance that I am aware of that encourages small businesses in residential areas.
Despite all the claims by opponents of zoning, there is nothing in this ordinance that would increase property values. Even if property values increase, that is no guarantee that taxes would go up as a result of zoning. Taxes always go up and if zoning passes, they will go up less, not more, once impact fees are implemented and new residents are forced to pay their fair share.
An educated electorate is important in this election. Please understand what you are voting upon and do not rely on being intimidated into voting against zoning without trying to understand it. There is an excellent summary of the ordinance on the county government website. Protect Morgan County also has a website with many frequently asked questions.
Come to the debate on October 24 at the American Legion to learn even more. Once people understand what this ordinance does, I am confident they will join in voting for it on November 2.