Will Holder, President of Trendmaker Homes in Houston, has a good article in today's Houston Chronicle on the economic benefits of Houston's lack of land use regulations. Read the article by clicking here.
I do disagree with Mr. Holder that Houston is an "out-of-control" city. The controls manifest in Houston are private, voluntary, and contractual. Because of this, developers, builders, and home owners can respond quickly to changes in the market. Each party can pursue his own self-interest without seeking government permission.
While these economic benefits are very real and important, the primary objection to land use regulations is moral in nature. Land use regulations involve an initiation of force on the part of government, and by their very nature constitute a violation of individual rights.
© J. Brian Phillips