From Jack B. Weaver
Rural Retreat, Va.
Published on Aug 29, 2013
Kirsten Lombard, Organizer for the Wisconsin 9/12 Project, presents on the topic of Property Rights and how government programs for developing land aren't as beneficial as they seem.
Grant money, Farmland Preservation Agreements, and Conservation Easements are just a few examples of how the government can control and tell you what you can and can't do with property that you own.
A federal judge struck down the attempt to regulate stormwater runoff as a breach of authority. The judge, U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady, ruled that the EPA had exceeded their authority in trying to regulate stormwater runoff into a Fairfax County creek because it was a pollutant.
“Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it," O'Grady said.
Martha Boneta's lifelong dream — her pursuit of happiness — was to be a farmer.
Since purchasing Liberty Farm in Fauquier County, Virginia, where she grows organic vegetables and has over 160 rescued livestock on her small farm, her life has been a series of harassment and bullying by people in power.
Property owners typically are motivated to place their land in a conservation easement and take advantage of the federal and state tax breaks, to shield their property from development, or by the threat of government land-acquisition or due to very strict land-use regulations.
To receive tax benefits, landowners typically agree to restrict the use of land to one of the following:
As the global to local plan for sustainable development continues to gain momentum, it is worthwhile to step back and take a long look at the big picture, painted with a broad brush to reveal what Virginia might look like as his vision for the Commonwealth is more fully implemented over the next 10 years or so.
Prepared by Patricia Evans - Southern Virginia Tea Party
by Donna Holt, Executive Director Virginia Campaign for Liberty
Martha Boneta's small 70-acre farm, previously the center of the famous “pitchfork protest”, is once again under attack.
Augustus “Gus” Jones and his wife, Dora, owned a moderate-sized farm. They married and bought the farm after Gus came home from the War. They worked hard, saved, improved, bought additional land and remodeled the old farmhouse where they raised two sons.
Matt Lohr, Commissioner, Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, touts conservation easements as a means of “protecting the family farm” in his recent Cooperative Living editorial.