(Read Disclaimer at end) It was bad enough that Forest Hills forced our church to move when it would not allow us to tastefully expand our building. A church that had been located on that land longer than the city had been in existence and had assembled in the immediate vicinity for worship for nearly 75 years. But now that we have moved, it is reprehensible that new ordinances, specifically tailored to be detrimental to the sale of the land, have been passed by the city. For those that don’t know, the Forest Hills Commission has stated that 1.) if our church sells our land that it can not be used as an educational facility on anything less than 20 acres (we own 16 acres) and 2.) if more than 50% of the building were destroyed (by fire) it could not be re-built. Both of these ordinances were specifically created to force our church to sell to a residential real estate developer. The end result is the “might-as-well-call-it” theft of well over $1 million from our church.
Now, our church is not perfect. Sure, we probably are wasteful with the resources we have in some manner or other. But, the many things which have come into existence and been maintained through the years that are vital to the well-being of the Nashville community because of the existence of this one church is staggering when you sit back to look at it. For example, that ill-gotten $1 million would go a long way to building a second Wayne Reed center in the Thompson Lane-Nolensville Road area.
In my opinion, Forest Hills is nothing more than a glorified neighborhood association with a singular purpose to improve property values for the residents of Forest Hills. While I would love to spend lots of time researching exactly how this “city within a city” concept works, I really don’t have the time to dig into it for this post. Believe me, I will find the information at some point.
To the government of Forest Hills, you have made a weak, powerless, ignorant enemy in me who has no standing whatsoever to sue. I don’t know how or when, but with all that I am I will see the end of the existence of Forest Hills as a legal city.
Disclaimer: My views do not necessarily represent those of my church and I have no authority whatsoever to speak for my church. I am sure if they knew I was writing this they would gently ask me to shut up. This is just the opinion of this disgruntled and determined libertarian to bring to justice the to-be-determined illegal authority of a to-be-made fake city and is not related in any way to what my church may be doing about this issue.