posted on Dec, 27 2014 @ 03:49 PM
Zoning and building code is something I know a lot about. In fact you might say knowing the code is a critical requirement to me doing my job. I
absolutely empathize with Mr. Conway and if he was a hermit, living alone, I wouldn't care if he lived in a volcano. I would say he has a right to
food, clothing, and shelter and that these are fundamental human rights and there is no law, by man, that can trump this. However; it appears that he
has roommates. With that in mind, as the land owner, he has a legal responsibility to keep his tenants safe. This is a concept that is attributed to
King Hammurabi (eye for an eye tooth for a tooth guy). So its a pretty old concept. Definitely predates settler days.
I watched about 70% of the videos the op posted (thank you for that). I have yet to hear about violations. I suspect that at least half of them have
to do with the place being a fire trap and the other half are environmental. For instance the problem is NOT that the foundation is made of stone.
It's the fact that in that climate you need a foundation that is at least 4'-5' deep to avoid building thrust when the ground freezes. His outdoor
toilets are bad too. That has to do with polluting the ground water. You might say "it's just one guy". It's not. It's a hippie commune so its
more than one, and besides if it's OK for them then its OK for everyone. And if it's OK for everyone, then we are back to industry dumping raw
sewage in our drinking water.
Mr Conway said " Common sense isn't common anymore." Thats always been a load of B.S. Common sense used to say that the earth is flat and that
maggots come from rotting meat. Science and education changed that perception. I heard Mr. Conway speak. He doesn't know ANYTHING about construction.
Yes, I said it. But its seems that if you put a wholesome eco-spin on his ignorance then he becomes some kind of crusader.
Now there is legal recourse for him. He can hire an Architect or engineer to survey, document, and present the plans to the Board of Building
Standards. All you have do is convince the board that your design addresses the SPIRIT of the code. Now he says he is poor and can't afford to hire a
professional. Well there are a number of pro-bono organizations that can champion his crusade. But I suspect he is not going to find a lot of help out
there for the same reason I wouldn't help him even if he paid me. I do what I do because I want to change the world for the better and to help
people. I would love to hang out with Eustace and smoke some weed with him, but I am not going to help some ignorant fool to legalize his communal