Wyoming Liberty Group
- The Cheyenne UDC: Prohibiting signs since 2012
Residents of Cheyenne and Laramie should rest assured that the Unified Development Codes enacted by their respective city governments will protect them from development of any future icons like the Phoenix Block in downtown Cheyenne pictured below.
By Bradley Harrington
Editor’s note: This is the second of two columns looking at PlanCheyenne.
Published in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle on March 28, 2014
“What is prudence in the conduct of every private family can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.” - Adam Smith, "The Wealth of Nations," 1776 -
In Part One of this series, we engaged in a (very) brief analysis of the evolution of private property rights, the manner in which they function completely or not at all, and the fashion in which they were superseded by the idea of “community planning” in general - and the idea of PlanCheyenne in particular.
The principles of individual liberty, property rights and trust in the free market tell us that real estate development projects do not need government imposed off-street parking requirements. Although neither the old Cheyenne zoning laws nor the current Cheyenne UDC require downtown businesses to provide off-street parking, some concerned citizens asked the Cheyenne City Council and the Laramie County Commission to add new downtown parking requirements to PlanCheyenne in the name of market freedom. A better approach that respects private property and the free market is for Wyoming’s towns and cities to eliminate off-street parking requirements in all areas. This will let the marketplace decide how much parking is needed.
Also, how citizens can effectively participate in local government decision-making. March 28, 2014 – KGAB Radio in Cheyenne.
By Bradley Harrington
Editor’s note: This is the first of two columns looking at PlanCheyenne.
Published in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle on March 27, 2014
“The right to life is the source of all rights - and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible.” - Ayn Rand, “Man’s Rights,” 1963 -
As most of us are aware by now, both Cheyenne’s governing body and the Laramie County Commission have signed off on “Plan Cheyenne” (“a community-driven plan that charts our course for the future,” www.plancheyenne.org).
One superb example of how individuals can protect liberty by positive public participation recently occurred when the Laramie County Commission decided to adopt a significantly amended and pared-down version of the 2014 PlanCheyenne Update.
Informed citizens put core principles to work during the PlanCheyenne Update discussion. These included voluntary participation in associations, civil conduct between private citizens and public servants, plus self-discipline and hard work. Election of officials who possessed both the core values and the work ethic to fulfill the difficult duties of the offices they now hold was a prerequisite.