Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Zoning disputes will always be with us.

Byline: Business and Law MARTIN PASKIND For the Journal

In 1926, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. This was the big case that authorized municipalities to impose zoning rules separating land uses.

No longer did cities and towns have to put up with glue factories next to residential areas. For the last 74 years, however, zoning and planning wars did nothing but increase.

On Jan. 1, 2001, the 21st century begins. That's true regardless of all the enthusiastic but erroneous Y2K hoopla that occurred a year ago. It would be nice to think that wisdom and enlightenment will increase during the coming century, thus diminishing controversy in zoning and planning.

It would be nice to think that, but it won't be true.

There are too many controversies out there, and more are on the way. Battalions of bureaucrats and legions of lawyers, not to mention hordes of land developers, will have plenty to keep them busy for the next 100 years and probably for the next 1,000. …

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