Safety over Dollars
The city of Newport fights to update zoning laws.
There is a battle ensuing as landowners fight to retain the current hazardous zoning laws in order to protect the value of their land; both current and future dwellings could be affected by the proposed changes that may be approved by the Newport City Council as early as June. The city council views the problem differently; it’s primary goal is to update the zonal maps from the 1970’s to a survey done in 2004. The city also wants homeowners to file liability waivers and disclosure agreements to protect both the city and future dwellers from liability. Coastal storms can wreak havoc on properties, but so can updating hazardous zoning laws.
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