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3/27/2013 9:40:00 AM
Mayor's Report: Balance and grace are keys in zoning law enforcement

By Mayor Chris Marley Chino Valley

As Chino Valley begins to mature as a community, one of the most difficult growing pains to overcome is that of finding the balance between personal liberty and community responsibility. One of the mainstays of Southwestern culture is personal liberty; we value the right to do what we wish with our own land, and we take a dim view of those who would encroach upon that right. On the other hand, we need to be cognizant of the fact that our lifestyle can have a profound effect upon our neighbor's quality of life - just as their lifestyle can have an effect upon ours.

Unfortunately, the formation of cities and towns has caused people to be placed in closer proximity to one another, and the resulting reduction of elbow room has necessitated a bit more give and take as our individual lifestyles now produce a greater effect upon those around us. For example, the man who eats garlic for lunch or the lady who applies perfume with a paint sprayer will have little effect upon their neighbors in an open field, whereas the same scenario in an elevator provides a different outcome.

Since Chino Valley is not a Master Planned Community, we have to live with a sort of patchwork of residential, commercial, and industrial properties in close proximity with each other. The advantage of this patchwork is that it provides the residents of the town the opportunity to show a little bit of grace toward one another. The more considerate we are of one another, the less rules need to be enacted and enforced - resulting in a greater degree of freedom for all of our citizens. The ability of a people to self-govern is a tremendous privilege as well as a tremendous responsibility, and somewhere in between Tyranny and Anarchy is a point of balance which we, as Americans, must strive to maintain.

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