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3/2/2006 2:24:03 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Clarke County Anti-Family Ordinance Up for Hearing Tomorrow

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 2, 2006

Virginia--Clarke County Anti-Family Ordinance Up for Hearing Tomorrow

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

We urgently need your help to derail a proposed zoning ordinance that
could force larger families to sell their homes, or pressure them to
stop having children.

The proposed ordinance would make it illegal for more than 2 people,
multiplied by the number of permitted bedrooms, to live in a house
with a septic drain field. For example, a 3 bedroom house could
legally hold only 6 people. A family, living in a 3 bedroom house,
with 5 children and 2 parents, which totals 7, would be breaking the

Our first opportunity to speak out against this anti-family ordinance
will be tomorrow at 9 a.m. The planning commission will have a
meeting to hear comments from the public. We hope a big crowd will
show up so the planning commission will have no doubt how the public
feels about this anti-child ordinance.


1. Please come to the planning commission meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m.
at 102 North Church St., in the large meeting room on the second floor
of the court house. We expect there will be a time for you to comment
on the proposed ordinance.

2. Please call other families and ask them to come.

3. Call your pastor, priest, etc., and ask them to come and oppose
this ordinance.


1. In China, the government forces abortions because they want to
reduce the number of babies. Imagine the pressure a Clarke county
family would feel if they were already at the ordinance's "limit," but
then discovered they were expecting another child, and could not
afford to move. What should be a wonderfully joyful occasion would
have a dark shadow cast over it. Every child is a gift from God. A
government that punishes families for having children is violating
God's order.

2. Two reasons are offered to justify this atrocious ordinance.

"Drain fields could be overloaded if too many people live in a house."

Response: Under the existing ordinances, it is rare for a drain field
to fail because there are too many people in the house. No change is
warranted. If this becomes a problem in the future, the best approach
would be to educate the public and let property owners make their own

"A house with many people would have many cars, and they might park on
top of the drain field, limiting their effectiveness."

Response: Under current ordinances, we know of no documented case
where a drain field failed because of parking on top of it. Also,
some large families have only a few cars, and some small families have
many. If parking on a drain field is really a problem, the ordinance
should be limited to that situation.

3. The ordinance would not apply to houses on municipal sewer

4. You may be told that this ordinance does not apply to families.
This confusion could be compounded by the fact that there is a
proposal to change the definition of "family" in the ordinances.
However, the proposed ordinance clearly does not contain any exception
whatsoever, either for a family or any other situation. The proposed
ordinance does not even use the word "family," so changing the
definition of "family" will not alter its impact.

Thank you for standing up for freedom.


Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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