Posted at Libertarian Party of Colorado blog
Argonaut Liquor store in Denver recently built a new store right next to the old store, in what had been part of the old stores parking lot. They jumped through all kinds of crazy hoops in an effort to meet the new zoning laws for Colfax Ave that claim to try and create an â€œold main streetâ€ look and feel. Now however, they are being told that they are not allowed to tear down the old building and build a parking lot in the space, because a parking lot does not meet the new zoning codes. The ugly old building doesnâ€™t meet the new zoning codes either, but since it is an existing building it can stay.
This is an example of zoning laws that really serve no purpose in the first place completely becoming self defeating. The stated goal of the zoning rules is to give Colfax a look and feel of an old style main street, but if the government doesnâ€™t back down on the no parking lot rule then they will have a new building without enough parking and an old eyesore, leaving nobody happy.
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