Not In My Backyard

NIMBY – (not in my backyard) is a term used to describe those who oppose community or neighborhood changes that adversely affect their neighborhoods. Too often it is used to negatively characterize those earnestly working to preserve legally established zoning processes. We should not let those who choose to shame and blame deter good citizens who are rightfully seeking to preserve what is good in a community. Knox County has legal processes, established by state law that govern zoning. Citizen participation is essential to maintaining good processes and a healthy community. We must not be be discouraged by the occasional naysayer.