Why Does Utah Have a Housing Crisis?

August 26, 2018, By Robert John Stevens Written in response to Utah has a ‘housing crisis’ in a lack of affordable homes: Utah governments and their hundreds of pages of regulations are responsible for Utah’s housing crisis by making it financially impossible to settle. When 19th-century pioneers were asked to settle lands, they moved onto […]

Governments Won’t Allow Building Roads in Phases?

Utah County where I live does not want new settlement unless they are done by cities. In my case, I have two lots that were finished 19 months ago and but denied subdivision approval because the county requires their driveways to connect directly to a state or county road and must not pass through twelve […]

Seven Quick Thoughts on Groundwater Replenishment

Today I spoke at the Utah County Commissioners’ Meeting and then sent this email to Brian Voeks, the admin for Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee, and asked he forward these follow-up thoughts to commissioners Bill Lee, Nathan Ivie and Greg Graves: Commissioner Ivie was concerned this morning that if we stopped flood irrigating our county […]

Price Hikes for Government-Run Monopolies in Utah County

Prices for many of the services performed by the Utah County Health Department rose significantly in 2018, especially by their Environmental Health Department that oversees services for new subdivisions, as I was told at their front desk and by employee Jason Garrett. These are monopoly services. Do you think licensed, free-market professionals could perform these […]

Is water in a hole after precipitation the underground water table?

Commissioner Bill Lee of Utah County asked me for one question he can ask the Utah County Health Department. Here it is: If you dig a hole on a property where the soil immediately below the surface is wet from snowmelt, and the hole partially fills with water, are you absolutely certain it is the […]

Governments Must Never Perform Services That Free Markets Can Do

It was never my intention to be a land developer. I thought people could buy farmland and move onto it. Utah County has so many utility requirements that I had to develop and sell off lots to pay for them. For example, I could have used geothermal, solar and/or wind energy instead of having more […]

Utah County Commissioners Create Earth Extraction Pit Monopolies

At today’s Utah County Commissioners’ January 23, 2018 Meeting, Commissioners Lee and Ivie voted to rezone many sections of land on West Mountain to a new grazing zone where no new mining or earth extraction operations are permitted to commence. By doing so, they literally elevated the operations there to monopoly status. Pits are now […]

Utah County’s 540-Mile Annual Road Budget is Just $3 Million–Agh!!

I was curious so today I called Richard Nelson the Director of Utah County Public Works and asked a few questions. Here are my notes. Utah County has about 540 miles of roads with an annual maintenance budget of $3 million. Of that 540 miles, 375-380 miles are paved. Richard wishes his annual budget was […]

Utah County Commissioners Vote Against Privatizing Government Services

January 17, 2018 At the Utah County Commissioner Meeting yesterday, Commissioner Greg Graves revealed he had pushed towards the privatization of government services and that he and the other commissioners had visited a government who had privatized its services but he was voted down by the other two commissioners Bill Lee and Nathan Ivie. I […]