A rural community near our land conservancy has for years been resistant to adopting any form of zoning. Lately, though, some residents have called for zoning as a means to address potentially incompatible land uses. One of the commissioners (an ardent opponent of land use regulation) suggested putting the issue to the electorate for a vote. Has anyone had any experience with the public deciding an issue like this via the ballot box? One of many concerns I have is that it is hard to imagine the public marching out to the polls to support the adoption of a regulatory approach that could limit, to an extent, their property rights.
I think a more balanced approach is to appoint a citizen's advisory committee to study the issue and recommend a course of action to the county.
Any thoughts or recommendations?