By Elizabeth Kruska
One of my favorite songs is “Go Back To Your Trailer” by the brilliant young country singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves. The chorus goes (in part):
Keep your two centsThis reminds me of a lot of the permitting and zoning dispute cases we read from SCOV, although the case opinions tend to be more full of words and less full of slide guitar. (Note to SCOV: more slide guitar, please. Although, I’m not sure how to make that happen.)
On your side of the fence
Girl, we ain’t friends, we’re just neighbors
Anyway, as best as I can tell, this is the problem faced by the Carrigans. They bought a camp on or near Lake Champlain in the town of Addison sometime during the Reagan Administration. The camp is located fully within 100 feet of the shoreline, and under the Town’s bylaws, is a “nonconforming structure.” Whether the camp was there first or the rules were there first, I’m not sure. I’m guessing the camp predates the bylaws.