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From your post, I believe I understand and share your concerns and frustrations about the expanding encroachment on personal liberty and freedom. But I think I should, at least in this thread, stay on the topic of HOAs keeping in mind their possible effect on part 15 operators regarding antennas.
I live in the largest metropolitan area of Ohio and am well aware of the loss of farm and rural land to “sprawl”. There’s a saying here that “People move to the country to get away from the city and they bring the city with them.”. I have lived in rural, urban, and suburban areas so I know well the characteristics of each. When population density is low (rural) one’s activities have little impact on one’s neighbors, but as the density increases and people live closer together some activities (hunting for example) need to be restricted to ensure harmony and safety. I would prefer to live in the rural areas but I was constrained to suburbia with its HOA due to practicalities of my travel to work. Here’s my key point: I felt constrained to live here but it was my choice and I knew from the start that there were restrictions and for the most part I felt they were to my benefit. They were in place before I moved here as opposed to being imposed on me after the fact, I agreed to be bound by them, and they have not in any way prevented me from using my land to suite my purposes. Also, township zoning boards do restrict land use in rural areas so it is everywhere.
You may well be correct regarding sprawl and choices as you look ahead ten years and God willing you and I will be here then to compare notes.
I would ask you if you are now included in a HOA or perhaps you are reacting to the loss of personal choice and liberty in general and see the HOA restrictions as another tool for this? Concerning your mention of my beliefs, I do oppose more restrictive laws which limit freedom and have been active both with time and money to fight this, but HOAs are really low on my list of threats.