Pushing Back on Boilerplate Land Use Codes – Epi-3293
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Robert Baxley is a homesteader, natural builder, and chef living on Colorado’s Western Slope. A vocationally trained gourmet chef, Bob honed his culinary craft at premier restaurants, resorts, and hotels, before purchasing his own fine dinning restaurant in Southern Colorado.
After 12 years of success as a restaurateur, divorce and natural disaster lead to the end of Bob’s restaurant. He began a new career in natural and alternative building with a high school friend. When the ’07 financial collapse happened, he began questioning the sanity of reliance on the complex and corrupt systems that run the world. With inspiration from the Survival Podcast, and a self-directed permaculture education, Bob embarked on the homesteading journey.
From a humble beginning of container gardening in a micro yard of a patio home, Bob began developing food production skills. He, and his wife Barbara, found land in the mountains above Denver, but building and land use codes prevented them from developing the homestead they dreamt of. By rehabilitating a small farm on the Eastern Colorado plains, complete with earthworks and food forest installations, Bob managed to amass enough equity to flip that farm at a profit sufficient to pay cash for 20 acres of river frontage along the North Fork of the Gunnison River.
He has constructed a modest cottage using cordwood construction, timber frame, and a variation of hempcrete techniques using sawdust from a local mill. He, and his wife, run a subsistence homestead producing orchard pork, pastured poultry, and dairy product from A2 Jersey cows. Bob operates a blog and YouTube channel which teach homesteading skills, natural building, and soil to fork cooking.
As a life-long voluntarist, Bob is not one to participate in government politics, but new restrictive land use codes are being implemented in his tiny mountain community. He is now engaged in the fight against this bureaucratic overreach.
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I live in Mesa County, CO, and am sick of all the codes and government interference!
I’d like to hookup with Robert Baxley. You can find me on MEWE https://mewe.com/i/paulsnover
I was worried about this stuff 10 years ago when everyone else thought it was a joke to be talking about it, like it all sounds crazy . I don’t know if you remember that but I certainly do. This exact type of scenario was all explained in YouTube videos back then how it was all taken over at the local level
You better be worried if they are using electronic voting
Great Interview, perhaps some application of High Velocity metallic Projectiles and “Stump Clearing” applications, Strategic Applications are in order.
Think “Varmint/Parasite” removal, Nothing like Good Field Sanitation? 😀