A group of Arlington residents is suing the federal Bureau of Land Management, saying that it is infringing on their right to build their own homes in the nation’s largest desert region.
The Arlington Land Use Committee (ALU) filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that the Bureau of the Reclamation, the U,S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Department of Interior are violating their constitutional rights by requiring them to create “fringe” lands for the purpose of “minimizing” development of their lands.
The lawsuit was filed last week in U.A.E. Superior Court in Washington, D.C. The suit argues that the land used to build homes is not within the boundaries of any federal agency, but rather falls within the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, which owns and operates the land.
ALU, an Arlington nonprofit, argues that it should have the right to construct its own homes on the lands under its jurisdiction, rather than have to rely on federal government-created lands.
In the lawsuit, the ALU argues that “the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s requirement that ALU ‘create or alter’ ‘fences’ and ‘garden areas’ for the sole purpose of restricting development of its own lands and lands for federal purposes” violates the Uphold Property Rights Act of 1990, the federal anti-trust law.
The ALU is also asking that the U-S-Franchisee’s rights be restored, and that the government not interfere with the ALVAs right to use the land as it sees fit.
“The lawsuit seeks to force the U S-Frelisee to remove its fringe land in order to protect its right to create or modify fringe lands as it pleases,” ALU President Greg Wilkins said in a statement.
“It is our hope that the suit will force the Fish & # # ## Fish to take action to ensure that ALUs land rights are protected.”
The lawsuit comes on the heels of an announcement by the U.-S-Office of Management and Budget (OMB) that it was creating a new Office of National Land Policy to oversee the use of land in the United States for environmental protection and economic development.
The office will focus on how to “use and manage the natural resources of the U .
S. for public purposes.”