|Apparently some county officials want to add more
regulations to private property owners. County Road Commissioner, Sean
Giles, is asking the commission to implement driveway permit regulations
for anyone wanting to connect their driveway to a county road.
The proposed regulations seem harmless enough till you get to the part where the property owner is required to pave or concrete at least twenty feet of any driveway if the grade is 10% or more. This could add thousands of dollars to the costs of building a simple driveway connection.
Aside from the possible added costs, the new regulations essentially require a property owner to get permission from the county to cut a driveway with the county having the final authority on how one would have to build their driveway. Failure to comply with the the highway commissioner's driveway requirements could prevent a property owner from moving into their new home.
Giles sights the need for the new regulations based on one driveway that he feels comes too far out into the road way and existing gravel driveways that tend to wash gravel into the road in heavy rains. The new regulations would not address any existing problems.
At some point there has to be a limit on just how many regulations local government should be allowed to place on private property owners. The county already requires building permits, inspections, zoning and set back requirements. Very rarely when government gets involved with anything thing do things get better. Quiet the contrary.
Private property rights are slowly being eroded with more and more control over those rights being taken by local government. Enough is enough.
Below are the proposed driveway regulations.
|County leaders discuss new driveway permit policy
Mary E. Hinds News Herald
Loudon County Road Superintendent Sean Giles gained permission from
the Loudon County Regional Planing Commission for a new policy requiring
driveway permits in the county.