Today’s post is really an editorial about a very disturbing situation that is occurring in the Bellevue area, right outside of Nashville. This is a warning to all of us, no matter where we live. If the property rights of others are being questioned and abused by local governments, we need to be on top of it so we can better protect our own properties.
Here’s the story:
City Councilman Eric Crafton wants to [tag-ice]rezone[/tag-ice] the parking lot of a dormant mall, The Bellevue Center.
The Bellevue Center is a big beautiful piece of upscale property that a whole lot of people would love to get their hands on. The mall has seen its better days(used to be my fav mall) but the owners have managed to keep it ship shape as they explore new opportunities for it. Not an usual problem with commercial properties.
Meanwhile, Bellevue has zoned less and less residential properties and they’re growing right out of their clothes, so to speak.
(Perhaps, the fact that some people can’t or won’t pay the higher [tag-self]property taxes[/tag-self] in Green Hills and other parts of Metro Nashville/Davidson County may have something to do with Bellevue’s phenomenal growth).
Here’s another problem. Bellevue residents want more restaurants. They don’t want to drive the five to seven miles to Green Hills which doesn’t have enough restaurants either.
So an impatient and posturing Crafton goes on TV and demands “answers” from the Center’s owners.
“They say they’re working on it,” Crafton is quoted, implying he is growing tired of getting the run-around.
Questions for the Councilman Crafton…
1. What right do you have to question the owners as long as they are paying taxes and keeping the property up?
2. Exactly how to you rezone a parking lot from commercial to residential?
3. Just because some of your constituents want more restaurants does that mean you can just put an order in-
“We’ll take One Red Lobster and a PF. Chang, and could you squeeze in another Cheesecake Factory while you supersize that O’Charley’s, please?”
It’s not that simple- or is it?
4. Last but not least- do the Center’s owners really owe anybody any explanations about anything as they try to get on with their business?
The Scary Part
Yes, I’m scared and you should be too.
Even if Crafton and local governments can’t erode our [tag-tec]property rights[/tag-tec], the very fact that they’re making an issue of it should be reason enough for alarm.
We have The Constitution. We need to get back to our legal document and our legal rights. We need to educate and make sure the next generation knows and understands The Document.
Owning property is one of the most scared rights guaranteed under The Constitution.
Let’s keep it that way.