Today’s question: According to Aberdeen's landscaping law, businesses building new construction or making additions or remodeling must include a certain amount of greenspace as well, at a cost to them. What is your opinion of the landscaping law?
Requiring them to put in a percentage of landscaping means that the price of their goods will go up, requiring that the consumers pay more also. It will also add value to the property, so that the city will bring in more in taxes. Appears the winner is the city.
On the one hand, it helps to beautify our growing community. But I think it may go too far. As with any law, it is all in how it is interpreted and enforced. We can’t let a well-intentioned law to cause investments not to be made in our growing place.
Julie M. Johnson
I think it is another way for the city to make money. One is forced to comply or pay bigger bucks. We have bigger problems, like water.
Sounds like government invading and controlling the lives of private citizens. Big Brother is here.
I highly approve. A little greenery is much preferable to blocks of blacktopping as far as the eye can see. I realize it has to be taken care of, but everything needs to be taken care of, including blacktopping. Aberdeen is my hometown and I am delighted with this. Hooray for more greenery!
The landscaping law is just another example of government telling us what we have to do, at our expense, with land that we have paid for and will also pay the taxes on. When will it end?
This law is essentially a property tax on business property. As with all tax expenditures, the money must come from somewhere: increased prices, lower profits, lower wages, reduced advertising. If this is good for a business, it should have the choice to do it, not a mandate.
Aaron Kiesz, the city landscaper, has it right: "Landscaping ... reduces traffic noise, cools the area, helps reduce the spread of dirt and maybe slows the wind a bit. Plus, the work enhances the aesthetic appearance of the city." These are all good things coming from an ordinance that is both inexpensive and easy to comply with.
Robert M. Sullivan
Miramar Beach, Fla.
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