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Clifton Winery Clears Another Hurdle

by @ Saturday, September 5th, 2009. Filed under Property Rights, Virginia, Virginia Wineries, Zoning And Land-Use

The family trying to open the first winery in Fairfax County has won another battle against the County’s zoning officials:
A mother and son’s work to establish Fairfax County’s first farm winery cleared a significant hurdle Thursday when the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board gave preliminary approval on issuing a state license to Paradise Springs Winery.
Dismissing [...]

Fairfax County Continues Efforts To Block Clifton Winery

Last December, I noted that one property owner’s efforts to establish Fairfax County’s first operating winery were being blocked by Fairfax County zoning officials and neighbors. Ultimately, the zoning issues were resolved and the project was allowed to proceed forward.
Now, it seems like Fairfax County is once again moving to block the winery, now [...]

Leesburg Considering Ban On Drive-Thru’s

by @ Monday, July 9th, 2007. Filed under Property Rights, Virginia, Virginia Politics, Zoning And Land-Use

Apparently, the town of Leesburg is considering banning businesses with drive-thru windows:
Two Leesburg Town Council members have proposed a ban on drive-through service windows in a commercial zone between downtown Leesburg and the Route 7 Bypass, saying they want to make the area more attractive and pedestrian-friendly.
But critics say it is unfair to target banks [...]

Zoning Out Freedom

by @ Wednesday, February 28th, 2007. Filed under Individual Liberty, Property Rights, Virginia Politics, Zoning And Land-Use

Unhappy with legislative failure in Richmond, the leaders of the City of Alexandria, Virginia have turned to a new, rather unique, tool in their effort to force local businesses to ban smoking:
Frustrated that the state legislature failed to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, Alexandria officials have come up with a maverick plan of their [...]

Fairfax County Is Resisting The Slow-Growth Trend

As the neighboring counties of Prince William and Loudoun, both controlled by Republicans, take steps to slow the growth of housing, Fairfax County, where the Board of Supervisors is controlled by Democrats, is resisting the urge:
This week, Loudoun County supervisors voted to approve a one-year freeze on rezonings for home construction. The Prince William board [...]

Slow Growth Taking Over In D.C. Metro Area

The so-called “slow growth” movement has been building steam for the past several years in the Northern Virginia/Suburban Maryland region Yesterday, that movement received a significant boost as three separate counties passed measures that will limit the growth of housing:
The map of land available for new homes in the Washington area shrank yesterday as officials [...]

What’s Wrong With The Prince William GOP ?

Outside of elections, I don’t usually write about Virginia politics, but this article, which I wrote about yesterday at The Liberty Papers, has me outraged:
Prince William County supervisors, angry that the state government is not responding to residents tired of traffic congestion, say they will approve a radical plan Tuesday to halt construction of new [...]

How Zoning Laws Distort The Housing Market

by @ Sunday, July 9th, 2006. Filed under Individual Liberty, Property Rights, Zoning And Land-Use

The Washington Post has an interesting article today about the virtual lack of smaller sized homes being built in the DC area. I don’t know what its like in other parts of the country, but around here a “small” single-family home is typically no smaller than 2,500 square feet, and they just get bigger from [...]

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