Absurdities of Dealing with a Tyrannical Government in Utah County

by Robert John Stevens, April 25, 2017

My wife picked up a feasibility letter today signed by Craig Bostock, Water Quality Program Manager, at the Utah County Health Department (UCHD). My response below should help the reader see the absurdities of dealing with a tyrannical government, their unaccountable employees and their obsession to torment citizens.

Hi Craig,

Attached is a scanned version of your letter dated April 25, 2017 which states, Groundwater was observed on Lot 8 at 18″ from the surface and R317-4 requires that an appropriate alternative on-site wastewater system be installed.

Your 18″ measurement is very alarming because it contradicts all previous and adjacent-parcel readings.

We’re not looking for the worst measurement at the wettest time since the 1983 flood, just the best place on 5.25-acres to install a wastewater treatment system.

When the ground is this wet, water may be observed in any depth hole because water finds the path of least resistance and is a function of the draining land versus the rate the water can evaporate and percolate through the hole.

For example, a puddle in the street or in your front yard is not necessarily the groundwater level.

Just weeks ago, excavator Brian Sorensen dug a deep trench on the NE side of parcel #8. Jason Garrett from UCHD came and measured from the surface to the top of the gray/black line and said that was a previous water level, perhaps from the 1983 flood.

Jason measured the top of the gray/black line at 22″ from the surface but the water was at 28″. Brian Sorensen, potential buyer Ben McKinnon and I were all witnesses.

From those findings, I’d expect your letter to say, “We recommend you install your wastewater system at the NE location where water was observed 28″ below the surface.”

I wasn’t there to witness the 18″ surface-to-water level observation. Who reported it? Who were the witnesses? From which hole was it taken?

As Hugh Hurlow the Senior Scientist at Utah Geological Survey wrote on April 7, 2017, “If they are dense clay, they may be previous deposits of lake mud (higher levels of Utah lake or, if much older, Lake Bonneville); or if they are more coarse-grained and contain organic material they may be old soil horizons. They probably do not provide information on past groundwater levels.”

From 2008 thru 2010 the Utah County Health Department (UCHD) measurements for groundwater on parcel #8 (then numbered 5) were 54″, 44″, 32″, 4′ 11″ and 4′ 3″.

The 32″ level was an anomaly. UCHD officials told me to dig a trench deeper than 6′, place a perforated PVC pipe and backfill. Groundwater experts today recommend the perforated PVC pipe be encased in course-grain sand.

In June of 2010, parcel #8 was flood irrigated, mud clogged the pipe’s holes and then UCHD came and measured the water at 32″ from the surface.

To prove the water level was much lower, I had a 7′ trench dug next to the clogged pipe but UCHD ignored that measurement and it was conveniently not recorded in their log.

Your new 18″ reading contradicts the measurements taken from both adjacent parcels. Groundwater experts know groundwater levels from adjacent parcels will not vary much.

After Jason Garrett left, I had Brian Sorensen dig a shallow, 3′ hole on the NW to see where the black line was. It was inches lower so we left the hole open and later emailed Jason to invite him to come see it.

If the 18″ was taken from the shallow NW hole, note the inconsistencies to measure the groundwater level:

1. For the NE hole, the top of the gray/black line was used.

2. For the NW hole, the water level was used.

Instead, you wrote, “Groundwater was observed on Lot 8 at 18″ from the surface…”

Average and all previous measurements were once again ignored.

To lower groundwater levels, a future homeowner can easily install an underground pipe to channel water to the Benjamin drainage canal as was done in the 1920s for adjacent parcel #6.

Excavator Brian Sorensen rebuilt that pipe and connected it to the nearby manhole.

Absent the Benjamin Drainage System and underground pipes, few if any parcels would survive your scrutiny.

That too may a better solution than to penalize and require a more expensive, alternative onsite wastewater treatment system.

If the possibility of wastewater backup exists, homeowners are more likely to choose a system where that is less likely to occur, and state code already exists, so why then is UCHD involved in this endeavor when it can be easily handled by the private sector?

Please adjust your letter to accurately reflect the cumulative data.

Best Regards,

Robert Stevens
P.S. See also the attached UCHD measurements from 2008-2010.


Emails received April 26, 2017

Mr. Stevens –

As discussed yesterday and previously, it is inappropriate for you to demand that the Health Department to adjust a letter by these sorts of methods. You may inquire as to whether the determination was deemed to be final, and if it is a final determination by the Health Department, you may appeal the determination pursuant to Utah County Health Regulation 17-01..

Carl Hollan
Deputy Utah County Attorney
100 East Center Street, Suite 2400
Provo, Utah 84606
Tel: (801) 851-8005


Hi Carl,

I left you a phone message. Now that I’ve caught your attention, may we set up a time we can speak in person and offline? Please schedule a time today or next week and I’ll come. Or may I take you to lunch?

–Robert


Robert –

Thank you, but I must decline. I do not have any authority to order Craig to take any action and it would be inappropriate to meet for that purpose. You have an avenue for recourse through Utah County Health Regulation 17-01 and I would ask that you please use the legal processes already established.

If you decide to request a hearing on this determination I will review all of the pertinent details with the Health Department so I am prepared to respond. However, until you follow the procedures outlined in Utah County Health Regulation 17-01 there is no legal avenue for anyone except for Craig and his supervisors in the Health Department to alter his determination.

Finally, while I appreciate that this process has been frustrating for you, I must request that you please refrain from personal attacks against County employees. County employees are happy and willing to assist you through these processes, but personal attacks will not be tolerated.

Thank you,

Carl Hollan
Deputy Utah County Attorney
100 East Center Street, Suite 2400
Provo, Utah 84606
Tel: (801) 851-8005


Good Morning Carl,

I am sure you’re doing your best as a county attorney and are defending your beliefs and understandings.

Google defines a personal attack as, “Making of an abusive remark on or relating to one’s person instead of providing evidence when examining another person’s claims or comments.”

If that is not your definition of personal attack, then please send me yours.

By Google’s definition, I’ve clearly outlined evidence of abuses I’ve received and have provided supporting documentation. In a normal business, such documented complaints would be taken seriously. Other engineers have received similar abuses from Craig and are ready to testify.

Email is a poor way to communicate. I just want to meet with you so I can understand all the avenues I have to right wrongs and to learn more about the history of those who have been in similar situations. When we meet I think much good can come from it that will save us both much time.

Again, as a citizen, landowner and taxpayer of Utah County, may I meet with you personally?

–Robert Stevens

Utah County to Spend Millions on Software When the Alternatives are Free

by Robert John Stevens, Thursday, March 23, 2017

Imagine you need a new word processor. Rather than download 30-day free trials and then compare their solutions for the tasks you use most, you delegate your decision process to paid, community leaders who invite large, for-profit vendors to pitch their solutions and then politicians decide for you.

From what I witnessed, that’s how Utah County just decided to spend more than a million dollars per year on software rather than embrace free or near-free alternatives.

Remember, taxation is theft.

Utah County Commissioners voted 2-1 Tuesday to license WorkDay software for their human resource and financial management needs once County Attorney Robert Moore completes negotiations.

Commissioner Nathan Ivie delivered an eloquent, convincing argument to support and not vote against the preferences of those county employees who testified they prefer Workday over ADP.

The dissenting vote came from Commissioner Bill Lee who made an impressive argument that after sitting through the vendor presentations, he prefers ADP, the long-time and proven leader in this category.

Attorney Robert Moore correctly testified that ADP and Workday provide liability against lawsuits for software glitches, not user input errors.

I wasn’t part of the software review process but witnessing this meeting was shocking.

How easy it is for these public servants to spend more than a million dollars a year of taxpayer’s money.

Who from Utah County explored free alternatives? I spoke twice and begged the commissioners to consider free, open source or low-cost alternatives. I asked for time to investigate and propose alternatives but they had already made up their minds.

I argued the Mormon Church has spent more than seventeen years developing FamilySearch, employing more than 200 software professionals every year at a cost of more than a billion dollars.

Dallan Quass, who was the CTO of Family Search for two years, finally had enough and resigned. He knew the optimal size of programming teams is one to six programmers, and that two hundred software professionals create a zoo environment of captivity and inefficiency. In fact, all FamilySearch programmers and every BYU Computer Science professor know that but very few with a true moral conscience have resigned in protest.

Using modern software technologies such as Angular 1.x, in just one year Dallan Quass, all by himself, programmed a competitor to FamilySearch that he launched as RootsFinder.com.

Why then does the Mormon Church still employ more than 200 software professionals to continue developing FamilySearch? Because like other technical hostage situations, their upper management yields to fear and uncertainty from techies who speak above them and will do anything to keep their jobs.

As examples of free software alternatives, I reminded the commissioners they could pay for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office or get Linux and Open Office or free.

A woman from Utah County Human Resources complained about the county’s job listing software and testified how much easier it will be to post jobs using multi-million dollar Workday software.

Considering how ugly the Utah County career website looks, I’m sure she’s right. The website’s outdated appearance demonstrates complete incompetence in the county’s ability to build or choose software.

Any freshman computer science major can create job board software. They can also create a WordPress website in just one click and then choose from a variety of great jWordPress job listing plugins including WP Job Manager.

From what I gathered, the county’s approach to choosing a software solution is to attend vendor presentations. Even the commissioners attended them. How different is that from choosing a politician? Where were the employees who would actually use the software? Did they personally learn and try the alternatives and offer their feedback? Why wasn’t data presented at the commissioner meeting that proved time and cost savings?

I argued that although ADP and Workday offer thousands of features, most users will probably use just 2-3 dozen. I explained in software development we now adhere to the 80/20 rule to focus on and provide simple, elegant solutions for the 80%.

I explained that in the 21st century, software developers have evolved past opinions and personal bias and provide test results to determine our decisions.

Rather than trust the decisions of opinionated bureaucrats and managers, a better way to choose software is to simply list the top tasks, devise tests for each, and perform those tests with those who will actually use the software.

In other words, rather than hear Amway-like testimonies of personal bias, I wanted to see summary test results but none was offered at the commissioner meeting.

One gentleman wisely testified that there are many software subsystems that will need to be integrated or replaced with the new software. He insightfully warned of unforeseen costs and consequences but his testimony was completely ignored.

After all, how could politicians estimate the costs of unforeseen integration problems?

I asked that if they must spend money, that they keep it in Utah. Just think of how many programmers can be hired for a million dollars a year to program solutions for whatever open source solutions do not provide!

I asked for a chance to find free or low-cost solutions that satisfy the majority needs but my offer was ignored.

I wondered how many of Utah County’s tasks can be accomplished using Quickbooks and WordPress plugins.

No accountable private or public company with as few employees as Utah County would spend more than a million dollars annually on human resource and financial software when free or near-free alternatives exist, but because Utah County government isn’t accountable to the taxpayers from whom they steal, money isn’t an issue.


Robert Stevens is an expert in computer software development and has been programming since 1981. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and also completed his course work for his M.S. in Computer Science at BYU. Since 2004 he has researched dozens of web technologies and studied how large web applications can be built inexpensively by very small teams on low budgets.

Appeal to Utah County Health Department for their Unfair Practice

by Robert Stevens, December 8, 2016

Letter to the Utah County Health Department:

Dear … (names removed),

Because the Utah County Health Department (UCHD) claims the below-surface water depth of my 5.25-acre parcel measured 32 inches vs 34 inches, the future homeowner must pay an additional $5k for his sewage system according to excavator Brian Sorensen’s estimate.

This policy is not consistent with fairness. Please consider my appeal:

1. Would a better policy be to take the average of all four measurements?

Notice the attached UCHD measurements were 54″ in October, 44″ in March, 32″ in July, 59″ in September and 51″in December. UCHD chose the 32″ measurement that penalizes.

2. Should measurements be avoided during flood irrigation months?

In July Strawberry Water discharged tens of thousands of gallons of water onto that parcel. Suppose UCHD purposely measured ground-water levels the same or next day after parcels are flood irrigated, wouldn’t they all fail?

3. Notice in September, near the end of the previous irrigation season, the water level dropped to 59″ — What can we conclude from that steep drop?

4. Because the PVC test pipe was not encased in gravel, its holes eventually became clogged–perhaps with mud, debris, dead animals and/or by a youth prank. We then dug a trench next to it and confirmed the water level was far below the surface as expected.

5. At the time of these measurements, UCHD measured underground water levels four times a year. Now they measure monthly, increased fees by $250 and increased their odds of penalizing the landowner.

6. To re-test and monitor for another year puts landowners another year closer to their water rights expiring.

7. Human waste on farms and gardens is desirable. In fact, neighbor Bill Robinson fertilizes his entire 35-acre farm with human waste from Orem.

8. There is no evidence that sewage will contaminate the underground water that is 145-feet below the surface and constantly flowing.

9. UCHD’s measurements did not match my measurements. As much as we trust and admire Brian who took the measurement, we have no proof it was done correctly.

10. Government-run tasks are not accountable. UCHD has nothing to lose by decreeing their verdict. Since there were no checks in place to verify the accuracy of the measurements, should we accept UCHD’s policy or give the landowner the benefit of the doubt?

11. Governments want to protect us from ourselves and everything but most religions teach that God wants us to suffer and address pains or needs—perhaps so we think and create solutions of value.

12. UCHD regulations and Utah County’s 270 pages of land-use ordinances have resulted in almost no new farms in decades. They do successfully use the force of government to shut out new, emerging farm competitors.

Please average your water depth measurements, lower your fees, return to measuring less frequently, and establish fair checks and balances.

A better approach is to get out entirely of the business of policing the lives of landowners with ever-increasing regulations and honor inalienable rights and free markets.

Let us remember the golden rule and hope God doesn’t embrace UCHD’s approach for Judgment Day or he may damn us all according to the worst thing we do in our lives.

Thank you again for visiting with me yesterday. We had a good discussion.

Best Regards,

Robert Stevens

Should Regulations be Gradually Mandated Only as the Population per Square Mile Increases?

by Robert John Stevens, December 1, 2016

Utah County, where I live, needs more sophisticated scrutiny of subdivision regulations so farmers can build on their own land without incurring huge expenses and years of kicking against the pricks.

Ezra Taft Benson said it best—If an individual citizen requests something of his neighbor and his neighbor refuses, is he justified to use the force of government to make his neighbor comply?

If we started government over again and Utah County was only populated by a few families, at what point would we mandate Utah County’s current 270-pages of land-use ordinances upon each other?

Here’s an idea—if regulations are to exist, what if they are gradually mandated only as the population per square mile increases?

See Report: Utah needs more sophisticated scrutiny of business regulations

Big-Guns Matt Gephardt Needed to Free Utah County Landowners from Tyranny

by Robert John Stevens, September 20, 2016. Letter emailed today to Matt Gephardt at KUTV:

Dear Matt Gephardt,

We desperately need your help.

Utah County refuses to allow most landowners to build on their own land unless they first build, pave and dedicate a road to Utah County—an undertaking which is financially impossible for most.

For example, I spent almost $200k improving two 5.25-acre parcels with water rights, power, natural gas, cable, laser leveling, a paved driveway and wells but Utah County refuses to grant subdivision approval because my driveways must pass thru 24-feet of my paved interior road to connect to the UDOT-approved road segment I had built.

As Utah County Attorney Robert Moore told me and Utah County employee Brandon Larsen, “We don’t like people building in Utah County.”

Please take this case and alert the public to take action and free Utah County landowners from government tyranny.

—Robert Stevens
CC: Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee who fights daily to protect constitutional rights

Utah County Denies Landowners the Right to Build

Utah County Commissioners Vote Against Inalienable Property Rights and Private Party Contracts

by Robert John Stevens, September 7, 2016

No landowners would ever form a government that denies them from building on their own land but Utah County, the home of America’s Freedom Festival, stole that right—not by citizens’ consent but by years of creating 290-pages of behind-closed-doors, tyrannical land-use ordinances.

Buried deep are ordinances that deny landowners the right to build on their own property unless their driveway connects directly to a paved state or Utah County road, or they build, pave and dedicate a county road themselves. For 99% of the citizens who can’t afford the expense of building roads, this denies them of their inalienable right to build on their own property.

Utah County driveways may not connect to or pass thru private roads, especially if they are dirt, gravel, road-base, stone, cement or brick. Utah County does not permit landowners to create dead-end roads, cul-de-sacs or even paved, dedicated road segments.

Exhibit A

Driveways thru undedicated paved roads are not allowed in Utah County

Exhibit B

Utah County Lawful vs Unlawful Driveway Access

So I spent $300 and submitted this wording change proposal:

To uphold private property contracts and inalienable property rights (freedoms this government was established to protect) by approving a recorded private-party contract that describes a private road easement whose dimensions conform to Utah County specifications, and a recorded plat with legal a description for the easement and these words, “We absolve Utah County from any and all liability in regard to this road easement,” signed by all adjoining parcel holders and notarized.

Yesterday a public hearing was held to consider my wording change. The outcome was either very dark for Utah County or the beginnings of a new day for freedom and liberty if they rectify the situation and stop denying citizens the right to build on their own property.

I defended my regulation change request before three Utah County Commissioners Larry Ellertson, Bill Lee and Greg Graves.

Unfortunately all three commissioners, including Commissioner Bill Lee voted against inalienable property rights and private party contracts. How can they hope to get re-elected when citizens thought they voted them into office to protect inalienable rights? Should government be allowed to prohibit private contracts between consenting adults?

Today paved interior roads cost more than $95 a foot with engineering and title work. My 3,714-foot or 3/4-mile road will cost more than $350k. I informed the commissioners I already built and paved 66 feet of interior road in two locations which is more than enough for emergency vehicles.

Rather than grant conditional subdivision approval so properties can sell to provide money for improvements, they decree unconditional denial.

The damage? Only 10k of 517k residents live in unincorporated areas and 290 pages of land-use ordinances restrict their rights. Aren’t there words for that such as theft, slavery and bondage?

Towns and cities occupy only 1% of the land in Utah County. I mentioned in the 1850s when Brigham Young abandoned Salt Lake City before the arrival of Johnston’s Army and moved the Mormons south to Utah County, 30,000 to 50,000 citizens relocated in Utah County. There may have been more citizens then living in unincorporated areas than today.

A billionaire can build a 100-mile road, retain the land on both sides, and then dedicate it to Utah County for taxpayer-supported maintenance. Small, low-traffic paved roads are also maintained by tax-paying citizens.

In my situation, I own both parcels and the road easement between them. How can government justify denying me my right to make a contract between myself and myself?

We talked about the possibility of allowing me to extend my interior roads and then building a temporary 100-foot turnaround. I argued that was costly and ridiculous and the commissioners agreed.

I told them on August 9th I emailed Brandon Larson, who works in Planning and Zoning, if he or someone could help me devise wording they may accept. He replied, “Community Development and the Attorney’s Office don’t believe there is a revision that would be acceptable, or that we would support.”

County officials argued that fire trucks must have turn-around access so I emailed Commissioner Lee a link to a YouTube video of a 45-foot Berkeley firetruck doing a three-point turn in under one minute. I explained that firehoses are 1500 ft long which can easily reach any part of these parcels, and in the 21st century firetrucks have a great innovation we call reverse.

Then the snow removal manager testified that he can’t back up. At that point Commissioner Lee asked me if they could deny my ordinance-change request (to uphold inalienable property rights and private party contracts) and asked Utah County Planning and Zoning to find a solution for my case.

If people can afford to buy and build on 5.25-acres, can’t they also afford snow tires? How many neighbors have snow plows? How often does it snow in Utah Valley? And can’t citizens just hire a snow-removal service?

How many citizens would give their consent for government to deny them of their right to build on their own property if government snow plow and emergency vehicle employees complain?

If emergency vehicle access is possible and for two houses that share a dead-end driveway in Utah County, or even one house with a long driveway, how is that any different for two houses that share a dead-end road?

The big disconnect here, as you know, is Natural Law, as mentioned in the Declaration of Independence may have been stamped into our beings at the moment of our creation. We citizens know it is our right to build on our own land. Most are unaware how local government makes that it impossible the majority.

I like Commissioners Bill Lee and Greg Graves. Will they realize the magnitude of the mistake they made yesterday and correct the laws before angry, informed delegates vote them out of office?

Not even the County Commissioners knew how tyrannical their laws had become—even if they read them it is difficult to understand the roadblocks until one tries to get subdivision approval.

Yes citizens are invited to comment during those morning commissioner hearings; however, most are busy at home or work. For the few who attend their input has little bearing on the bureaucrats’ decisions who often rubber-stamp laws created by unelected government employees.

The underlying problem is that Utah County government has long abandoned the rights guaranteed by the U.S. and Utah Constitutions and replaced correct principles with socialism.

—Robert

See Section-3-11 Exception to required frontage on an approved public street

Bye Bye Utah Pioneer Land Development Costs

by Robert John Stevens, May 19, 2016

When the Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, and they still held inalienable right inviolate, city lots were free. People just had to pay $1.50 for recording. There were no regulations that kept them from immediately moving onto their lot.

The Homestead Act of 1862 allowed people to acquire land and build without restrictions. “By 1934, over 1.6 million homestead applications were processed and more than 270 million acres—10 percent of all U.S. lands—passed into the hands of individuals.1

Say bye bye to Utah pioneer land development costs. Those who try to build on their county land may grow old and poor trying to get government approval.

Despite the fact that most of Utah County is barren, most citizens cannot afford to buy and develop land for residential use.

Here are some of the costs you can expect to develop a 5.25-acre parcel in Utah County—costs required before you may apply for a permit to construct your home and driveway. Not included is the original land price.

These prices are up to date. I know—I’m experiencing these pains now.

    Government Fees

  1. $500 for a Utah County subdivision application
  2. $500 for the monument marker bond for Utah County Public Works
  3. $400 for a dedication/road map amendment application
  4. $390 for the monument marker inspection fee for Utah County Public Works
  5. $300 for a Utah County Health Department Subdivision Feasibility (a letter that will be sent to Utah County Planning and Zoning)
  6. $175 for the Utah County Health Department to come sample your well’s water (No discount is offered if samples from adjacent wells are taken together)
  7. $195 for Chemtech-Ford Analytical Laboratories to test your well water’s samples that the Health
  8. $250 for each monument marker. They require two per subdivision. You may save money by creating your own monument markers.2
  9. Department took (you are not trusted to take and submit your own samples for testing)

    Your Development Costs

  10. $31,500 for 9 water rights at $3,500 each (in a free society people really require no more water than for culinary use). These rights may be revoked by government should you not prove proper beneficial use or if they decide your water can be better used for the public’s consumption.
  11. $21,100 for a UDOT driveway stubs to your fence line. Save half of this cost if your driveway stub is shared.
  12. $11,861 for irrigation pad, cement irrigation ditch with outlets and a gate (in a free society people can dry farm)
  13. $9,500 to dig a well (in a free society people can import water if they choose—just as they do for mobile homes)
  14. $5,533.50 for Strawberry or Rocky Mountain Power to the property (in a free society people can use wind energy, solar energy, geothermal energy or no energy at all)
  15. $5,350 for laser leveling (to feed Utah Valley mobs veggies in case of an EMP attack). This isn’t required but you’ll probably want to laser level before building your driveway and house.
  16. $3,597 for Questar Gas to and across each parcel (Questar is a monopoly). You could also use propane.
  17. $3,500 to bring the utilities to your home from the street. This number varies depending on where you place your home.
  18. $1,300 misc engineering (not including your plat) for each subdivision (Brigham Young didn’t require more than surveying)
  19. $692 for tree removal and cleanup
  20. $500 for Buffo’s Termite & Pest Control to declare your land is free of obnoxious weeds (although God is the author of weeds and laser leveling removed them anyway)
  21. $255 for brush and weed removal per parcel
  22. $95/foot for an interior asphalt road (in a free society people can choose to drive on dirt, gravel, brick, cement or even granite as they do in Finland). Mine is 3/4-mile long and will cost $350k to pave.
  23. $47 for subdivision recording fees
  24. $$$$ to pipe and backfill a deep drainage ditch (ditches were dug in 1922 in response to government’s Strawberry Water project that continues to erode and collapse nearby dirt irrigation ditches). You’ll need manholes every 500 feet or less. We’re almost finished ours. Manholes are $2,500 each. You’ll need 18″ PVC pipe. They come in 20′ to 22′ lengths and take loads of 80 PSI or 100 PSI.
  25. $1,200 for surveying fees
  26. $1,145 for title insurance
  27. $200 for escrow closing fee
  28. $$$$ for the proration of taxes. Be sure not to take your property out of greenbelt so the new owner can enjoy low taxes. When the time arrives to build just take 1/4-acre out for the home.
  29. $$$$ for the amount of time you must take off from work to get past each barrier so easily placed by county and state government.
  30. $$$$ for unforeseen consequences of damage to one’s health due to stress, financial hardship and free agency restrictions (in Brigham Young’s free society, after surveying, young men were free to move onto their land, and were encouraged by Brigham to build a 10×10 house, plant flowers, fruit and shade trees to attract a wife and immediately begin cultivating a large garden)

Summary

When the regulatory state becomes a massive hindrance and roadblock to progress, as Utah County has clearly done, and property rights are barely recognized, people suffer.

Suppose you can buy a 5.25-acre parcel for $200k. Given you can save $1,000 a month it will take you 16.66 years just to pay for your parcel (not including interest or loan fees). Graduate from college at age 25 and you’ll have it paid for by age 42.

You can then start paying off your home.

In a free society, you could have purchased your lot, moved onto it, built your home in stages, grown your own food, raised animals and lived your life without government interference.

Hypocritically, Utah County’s largest city is Provo, home to America’s Freedom Festival.

Footnotes

1 The Homestead Act of 1862

2 How to make your own monument markers:

Buy 6″ blue irrigation pipe at Sprinkler World and cut into 30” lengths (it comes in 20-feet lengths). They will cut it to 10-feet lengths. Buy 3” brass cap survey markers at D&L Supply in Lindon ($45 each). These are 3” in diameter and have a square peg on the bottom so you can jiggle them into the cement. Take a stamp set and stamp the name of the subdivision on the top and the your engineer’s survey number on the bottom. You can also hire Andrew Beesley Studio & Design in Provo to stamp it for you. When you are ready to set them in place on location, have your engineer meet you onsite with his GPS, dig a hole and set them in place.

Using the Force of Government to Keep Car Dealerships in Business

by Robert John Stevens, May 6, 2016

Suppose you bake yummy cookies. Should government deny you of your right to sell them directly to your customers? That’s what Utah does for car manufactures. If Tesla Motors wants to sell directly to the public then let them:

Tesla waging car-sales fight before Utah Supreme Court.

There are no similar laws against the farmer’s market either. For example, farmers can grow corn and sell it directly the public.