Building Restrictions Violate Property Rights
By David Holcberg (sent to the Los Angeles Times, July 24, 2007)
Re: "Leveling restrictions on McMansions" (July 23, 2007)
Cities and counties have no moral right--and should have no legal right--to limit the size and height of their residents' homes.
A person's esthetic preferences--in favor of small houses, for example--do not justify trampling on the property rights of his neighbor.
Individuals should be free to build their homes as they see fit. Forcing property owners to limit construction in their own land is a violation of their rights. If neighbors don't like what they see, they are free to move elsewhere--or to look the other way.