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What do you all think about the Virgin Islands actually having a comprehensive zoning plan for land and water use?

 
Alana33
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One was created 20 years ago but has languished in the VI Legislature because of various reasons. One, is no public outcry to move it forward and two, is Senators seem reluctant to give up their spot zoning change powers to do "favors" so that they can garner votes.

From what I'm told its a good plan, even if it's 20 years old.
Do you think it's okay for commercial businesses to set up shop in a strictly residential area? Do you think it's fine to allow building in sensitive, protected wetland locations?

Do you think this is something we need and is overdue?
At this time only the Legislature can change a parcels zoning?
Do you think they do so judiciously or should it be stopped?

Just curious as to opinions out there.
Personally, I think it's way overdue.

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Topic starter Posted : December 17, 2014 4:05 pm
CruzanIron
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I think they need more time to examine it and do due diligence. They should leave it for the next legislature and governor to deal with.

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Posted : December 17, 2014 4:10 pm
Alana33
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They've had 20 years!

I didn't mean that this legislature should act on it now since we have new incoming Senators and Governor but that shouldn't it be time for
the VI to have such a plan?

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Topic starter Posted : December 17, 2014 4:19 pm
CruzanIron
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There are a lot of things we should have. They've been working on changing the probate laws for about the same amount of time and haven't done that yet either. Too busy naming roads and passing resolutions.

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Posted : December 17, 2014 4:25 pm
Alana33
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That is true. They did pass legislation to speed up the probate process but that has done nothing to improve the length of time it continues to take as per a recent conversation with a local attorney.

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Topic starter Posted : December 17, 2014 4:37 pm
OldTart
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It takes knowledge, intelligence, time and effort to tackle zoning, probate and other similarly hefty issues. Renaming roads and handing out money to the Sand Flea Society for their annual high-jump contest is way less taxing and stressful.

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Posted : December 17, 2014 4:46 pm
malibutexan07
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That is true. They did pass legislation to speed up the probate process but that has done nothing to improve the length of time it continues to take as per a recent conversation with a local attorney.

A few years ago, they passed legislation completely overhauling the probate laws, but that was entirely reversed with new legislation I think around six months later.

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Posted : December 17, 2014 9:51 pm
Alana33
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Let's think comprehensive zoning plans!

Does anyone care?

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Topic starter Posted : December 17, 2014 11:53 pm
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