By deciding to fully plan under the GMA back in 1990, we effectively agreed to impose urban planning requirements on ourselves although we are a rural county with a rural tax base. Agreeing to fully plan was a self-inflicted wound that keeps festering. How is our meager tax base going to afford the oversized planning and enforcement infrastructure needed to keep everyone in line with all these new-fangled CAOs that are unnecessarily restrictive?
Quite simply, we can't afford it.
As if Odlin Park weren't harbinger enough of increased costs, we also have data from County Human Resources showing steady projected declines in County personnel, with no end in sight. Every year, we will have fewer and fewer County employees (with higher and higher salaries). That means ever fewer people to serve the public, issue permits, and enforce the new CAOs.
Given that the new CAOs require us to get permission for almost everything, it's a recipe for regulatory and economic gridlock. How's that for a no-growth strategy?