An article Feb. 24, headlined “Council seeks to eliminate ‘non-conforming’ uses in neighborhoods,” turned my world upside down. Fifteen years ago, I bought my home in Boone; a small one-level, three-bedroom house with two rear-entrance apartments below. At that time I was given a letter from the town exempting my property from the R-1 zoning regulation since it predated those regulations: it was “grandfathered in.” I have counted heavily on this and it is the basis of my retirement and my son’s inheritance.

Because I live in a neighborhood where seven of nine houses are rentals — most built after R-1 zoning was established — my modest triplex is hardly an anomaly and definitely not an eyesore. I am a good neighbor: if anyone needs a lended hand or tool they come to me. My lawn is always mowed, and I painted my house this past fall. I have planted trees and added shrubbery over the years, and I police the surrounding area of trash left after garbage pickup.

I have loved living in Boone for 35 years, contributed to this community in many ways, but now feel they are planning to break their promise to me; robbing me, and robbing my son.

Bill Barbour


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