George R.R. Martin Becomes a Victim of NIMBY Zoning Restrictions
When you play the game of NIMBY zoning, you win or your dream home dies! Famed science fiction and fantasy writer George R.R. Martin (author of the book series on which Game of Thrones was based) was recently prevented from building the castle of his dreams by NIMBYist “historic preservation” zoning restrictions in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where “historic preservation” is part of a broader system of zoning restrictions under state and local law. Christian Britschgi of Reason reports:
On Tuesday, the Santa Fe Historic Districts Review Board turned down the famed fantasy author’s application to build a castle on his property.
Martin and his wife, through their Water Gardens Trust, had applied to build a home and seven-sided tower-like structure which would house a library, the Daily Mail first reported. That tower, in order to accommodate a stairwell and elevator, was six feet higher than what was allowed in the historic district in which the structure would be located….
The proposed castle had been revised substantially since it was first proposed (and rejected) in January 2020…..
These changes were enough to make the structure compliant with the district’s design standards, but the board still got to decide whether the tower deserved an exception to the district’s height limit….
The structure’s unusual nature is what ultimately doomed it with both the board and the neighbors.
“It is a medieval castle, and I don’t understand how we could possibly approve it in this style,” said board member Frank Katz, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
The New Mexican also reports that 40 neighbors in the
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