Should Government Tell You What to do with Your Property?

Pay attention, folks. If you are concerned with the government telling you what you can and cannot do with your private property, then you must comment on the Title 21 code being considered by the Anchorage Assembly. If you think the government should be able to tell you how many windows you can have on the street facing side of your house, then don’t comment. If you think the government should be able to tell you how many bushes and trees you should have in your yard, then don’t comment. If you think the government should be able to tell you that you have to have a covered front porch, then don’t comment.

If you have saved enough of your hard earned money to finally move out of rental housing and now want to build a new home to your design specifications, then don’t comment. If you want the government to tell you where and what type of sidewalk you must have, then don’t comment. If you want the government to tell you how large your garage can be, then don’t comment.

If you believe that a small active segment (the spandex crowd) of our population should be able to tell you what is “aesthetic”, then don’t comment. If you believe in centralized planning by academic urban planners, then don’t comment.

If you believe you own your property and the government should butt out with its overreaching regulations, then do comment. If you believe low income housing will be even more expensive and crowd out the 99%, then do comment.

Why should the 1% be able to tell the 99% how to live and where to live? That’s what’s happening. Those with residential lots greater than 20,000 square feet (less than a half acre) will not be impacted by Title 21. But that is just who is supporting this overreach. Those who love to ride bicycles and want all of us out of our cars want Anchorage to be a more “walkable, livable” city. As a matter of fact, they eventually want streetcars in Anchorage. We suggest they be horse drawn to cut down on fossil fuel emissions.

So, if you are tired of more and more government intrusion into our everyday lives, then go here to comment.

You can also go to the January 22nd Assembly meeting at the Loussac Library and testify beginning at 5:00pm.

Finally, you can submit written comments (great for the record) to: wwmas@muni.org. The deadline for written comments is February 12th so you still have time.

Stand up and be counted and make some noise for your private property rights.