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  •  Zoning (5+ / 0-)

    Here's their city code (see Chapter 14 for zoning)

    Nothing pertaining to how close to one use another use might be. In addition, by many reports the fertilizer plant was outside the city limits, which would put it out of control of the city, and possibly in control of the county. Andit doesn't look like they have a very rigorous system at all.

    Alll pretty typical of small towns in rural areas.

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    by Catte Nappe on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:34:03 PM PDT

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    •  Very interesting (4+ / 0-)
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      Even in drawing their maps, the city could have required the residential uses to be located a certain distance away from the heavy industrial use, even if that heavy industrial use was in the county.  It also appears that the two schools flanked the fertilizer plant on two other sides.  That is particularly shocking. I am very familiar with zoning codes from my work in city/county govt. and am shocked at how lacking their code was from even a minimal safety stand point.

      I am also aware that in many rural areas, particularly in southern states, there are few zoning regulations and many citizens do not want them.  But what happened in West, Texas shows exactly why minimal zoning regulations are needed, if nothing more than to separate heavy industrial uses from residential and schools in order to protect the public safety, not only from uses such as the fertilizer plant, but also from uses that can pollute groundwater and wells.  

      "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

      by gulfgal98 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:18:46 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for finding their city code. I'd been (3+ / 0-)
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      searching to see what they had.  It looks like there's a sort of cookie-cutter zoning regulation and some building regulations, but very brief.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:58:06 PM PDT

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