Maine Legislative Bill LD 2003, “An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions,” is in the final stages of consideration before the Maine State Legislature. If this measure were generated by the people of Knox County, I might feel differently about it, but basically it is a federal attack on the single-family home ownership via Augusta. Many people prefer big city-style apartment living. They are not interested in maintaining a house and are content with renting and delegating the upkeep to someone else. They prefer an urban lifestyle with freedom to come and go as they like and change location as their job and career opportunities dictate. Others of us want to build equity and are willing to save up for a down payment, take out a mortgage, and devote the time, effort, and money in a home as a long-term commitment and investment. I would venture that legislation of this sort is crafted largely by our urban, elite sophisticates at the Department of Housing and Urban Development who could care less about the day-to-day concerns of us in fly- over country. I don’t buy the argument that we need to pass this zoning bill to achieve affordable housing. Rather, it is an attack on our traditional middle American lifestyle LD 2003 and as such is one part housing policy and nine parts social engineering.

David Reed,

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