Regulatory Reform

Local Perspective

I have recently learned a city is demanding an elderly couple get a city building permit before they build a house on property in an unincorporated area of Collin County.

I have recently learned a city is demanding an elderly couple get a city building permit before they build a house on property in an unincorporated area of Collin County. They have owned the land for decades. This is not a development the couple is building—it is their own house to live in.
Let me be very clear: the city has no legal authority to demand this action. This is another egregious example of government overreach in an Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). And a county court filing on Friday in a different case on this exact issue concurs: the city has no legal authority for its illegal action.
What the city does have is the weight of government behind their demands and deep pockets for any legal proceedings. The couple has neither.  Read More

In Depth: Regulatory Reform

In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson said that “the sum of good government” was one “which shall restrain men from injuring one another” and “shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry.” Sadly, governments – federal, state and local – …

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