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Forlenza ~ Implications of Non-Conforming

12/21/2011

Sergeant Joe Friday vs. CAO “Facts”

Taking a stand on any issue seems to cause more divisiveness today than ever, whether it concerns politics, religion, economics or San Juan County’s own maelstrom over the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO).

Crucial in coming to a truly informed decision is knowing the facts.  Not Wikifacts, or half-baked facts, but good old-fashioned facts, as in Dragnet’s “only the facts, Ma’am.”  With this in mind, I read with interest David Dehlendorf’s recent letter to the editor where he recounts having contacted “Islanders Bank, Key Bank, Wells Fargo, Swandberg Judkins Insurance, Chicago Title, and the county’s assessor’s office. In all cases,” he said he was told, “that whether a property is legally conforming or non-conforming is not even considered in the decision to approve or deny an application for financing or insurance, nor in the process of writing the title on the property, or in assessing its value.”

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