How lovely to have a forum which presumably allows ignoramuses (ignorami?) like me to blather on about stuff we know nothing about right in front of a bunch of experts! Are we allowed to ask broad philosophical questions? I'm just gonna jump in. It seems to me that some municipal decision-makers in my part of the world (ironically, even some planning commissioners) don't believe in planning. They, of course, are at one extreme. In others, a sometimes rabid impulse to protect private property rights is almost impossible to reconcile with the undeniable benefits that planning and zoning give in quality of life and property values; I watch them, and feel their agony, poor suckers. Then there are those highly unpopular people at the other extreme (rare in my world). I must say, I still find myself confused sometimes about where the line should be drawn, but I guess I've switched camps, either because I have gotten older or maybe because I've moved to a place I really love. Maybe this is only an issue for those who are uneducated in the field, but I sure would like to know what people here think, especially those for whom planning is a profession (any of you professionals out there who don't believe in planning? lol). What do you say to the guy who thinks he should be allowed absolute freedom in the use of his land?