Wyoming Liberty Group
Reestablishing chickens in urban backyards has become something of an American trend in recent years. Wyoming cities are no different. Both Casper (2015) and Laramie (2014) adopted ordinances allowing residents to keep chickens, among other animals, in recent years. The Cheyenne City Council has now adopted its own urban chicken ordinance. If other Wyoming cities and towns plan to follow suit, their governing bodies need to focus on creating a balance between protecting private property rights and expanding individual freedoms.
Cheyenne has a housing supply and affordability problem. Housing is scarce and expensive relative to household incomes in the area, but current regulations force developers to add unnecessary costs in the name of “aesthetics” to satisfy the architectural taste preferences of regulators. Boyd Wiggam and Doug Randall of KGAB discuss the City Council's rejection of a deregulation proposal that would have saved money for families on a 5-5 vote—even though the regulatory costs are ultimately passed along to the lower-income families that are struggling to find housing that fits within their budgets.
Boyd Wiggam and Chuck Gray of KVOC in Casper discuss the Cheyenne City Council’s refusal to ease the economic burden that aesthetic design regulations for new apartment buildings impose on working families in Cheyenne, even in the face of the significant shortage of affordable, unsubsidized housing in the community.
Some sign regulations make driving more dangerous, not safer.
We are accustomed to obnoxious traffic laws and regulations government leaders claim will make us safer. Some overused examples are seatbelt laws and the prohibition against driving under the influence of alcohol. But Cheyenne’s local ordinance prohibiting drivers from receiving driving directions via cell phone while driving shows how just far local governments are willing to go to supposedly promote traffic safety—even when the laws make it harder for drivers to find and get to their destinations. But an emerging trend in sign regulation goes beyond obnoxiousness and actually makes driving more dangerous.
The leaders of Cheyenne’s Downtown Development Authority (“DDA”) conducted a strategic planning process. The solution for Downtown Cheyenne does not lie in more big-ticket government spending programs. Instead, downtown leaders need to focus on the basics without trying to micromanage the private real estate market.