Lumberland is proposing to require half of all private property of over 25 acres in two rural zoning districts that comprise nearly 75% of the town to remain “open, green space, forever” if the owner would ever want to develop or subdivide their property, now or in the future. If your land has steep slopes and/or wetlands, then they want to take more. For those untrained in zoning, that means Lumberland is proposing to take your land, take your investment in your land, and take your future rights to use your land as you want or need to. They want to turn your backyard into a walking trail.
It’s the most radical, unnecessary zoning ever considered in Sullivan County, by far. Its negative impact on economic development is immeasurable.