Tree Farmer's Charity Defies City Code, Could Be Shut Down - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News,...

A Christmas tree farmer from Waynesboro is trying to fight city hall. Christian Critzer has been selling trees, and even giving them away, outside his home on Rosser Avenue. Full Story
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missinglink

Palatka, FL

#1 Dec 18, 2012
and they wonder whats wrong with this country you should be able too do what you want on your land
TEX

Rocky Mount, VA

#2 Dec 19, 2012
can we get some action on this serious flaunting of the law perhaps if this felon could be publically flogged fined and jailed we could stop this effort of human chairty lets make an example of his daring to care for making a christian effort to be of aid to a worthwhile cause
Patricia

Waynesboro, VA

#3 Dec 19, 2012
I understand city code and all that, but it is Christmas time and he was trying to do a good thing. Was he really hurting anybody (neighbors) by trying to sell the trees? I think the city should give the guy a break and let him sell the trees. There are a lot of people that don't have anything this time of year such as a roof over their head and he is just trying to give someone a better life.
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Dec 19, 2012
Patricia wrote:
I understand city code and all that, but it is Christmas time and he was trying to do a good thing. Was he really hurting anybody (neighbors) by trying to sell the trees? I think the city should give the guy a break and let him sell the trees. There are a lot of people that don't have anything this time of year such as a roof over their head and he is just trying to give someone a better life.
it's a slippery slope, next they'll have to allow kids selling lemonade
nan

Howardsville, VA

#5 Dec 19, 2012
File this one under "No good deed goes unpunished".
Greg Meyer

Hopewell, VA

#6 Dec 19, 2012
Critzer, you are EXCELLENT. Liberty, Charity, and Yuletide LOVE all in one story. Zoning should make an exception for a TEMPORARY holiday
setup -- if nobody can manage to turn their bureaucratic eyes for a cotton pickin week or two.
John R

Waynesboro, VA

#7 Dec 19, 2012
Seems the code is being selectively enforced. This "once a year" lot, with a cheritable beneficiary, pales in the face of the "yard sale" on Main Street that occurs frequently. The Main Street event creates considerable traffic danger, takes nearly a week to set up and more than a few days to tear down. In all honesty, it's an unlicensed retail enterprise and never seems to get code enforcement attention.
Eaglescout1984

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Dec 19, 2012
The whole point of that law is to keep people from opening up an establishment that would disturb the peace of the neighborhood and cause traffic problems. If his neighbors are okay with what he is doing and he takes all the tree stands down once he's done, why does Waynesboro care? If they really wanted to follow the letter of the law, perhaps they should offer Mr. Critzer a space with which to run his charity rather than being a Scrooge.
Logan

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Dec 19, 2012
I haven't looked at the city code, but there is often an exception for yard sales. Could he have a daily yardsale where he sold/gave away the excess of trees that he is no longer using?
Birdie

Waynesboro, VA

#11 Dec 19, 2012
Eaglescout1984 wrote:
The whole point of that law is to keep people from opening up an establishment that would disturb the peace of the neighborhood and cause traffic problems. If his neighbors are okay with what he is doing and he takes all the tree stands down once he's done, why does Waynesboro care? If they really wanted to follow the letter of the law, perhaps they should offer Mr. Critzer a space with which to run his charity rather than being a Scrooge.
All you have to do is ask! did Mr. Tree Farmer go to the city and ask if it was perrmissable? How do you know if his neighbors really wanted him to be doing this.
G Luv

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Dec 19, 2012
missinglink wrote:
and they wonder whats wrong with this country you should be able too do what you want on your land
Well, not entirely. But in this case, I'm sure someone can figure out a reasonable solution.
J Clark

San Mateo, CA

#13 Dec 19, 2012
Talk about a humbug! What harm is being done by letting someone give away Christmas trees as a benefit for cancer patients? It seems that, in the light of recent events, a little more goodness in the world would be welcome in Waynesboro. Open your hearts, folks. Let the man give away his trees!
Native

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Dec 19, 2012
Birdie wrote:
<quoted text>All you have to do is ask! did Mr. Tree Farmer go to the city and ask if it was perrmissable? How do you know if his neighbors really wanted him to be doing this.
What would never say anything.....it would make them look as silly as the city government.
William Hopkins

Sunnyvale, CA

#15 Dec 19, 2012
“Go Chris!” You should be awarded by the city for helping out the ones in need!

They should provide you a solution to "their problem" by giving you a place to set up for free.

Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours!
Support4U

Sunnyvale, CA

#16 Dec 19, 2012
Chris, you are appreciated. Hopefully they can make an exeption so that you can continue to do this wonderful work.
Jake

Warrenton, VA

#17 Dec 19, 2012
All this time I thought the government cared about people maybe this is part of the new Obama ( we dont care) health care program.
Sunny2468

Monroe, VA

#18 Dec 19, 2012
If this man would only stop calling the trees "CHRISTmas trees" and change his name from CHRISTian Critzer to Athiest Critzer the problem would be solved. No one would think of bothering him.
taxpayer

Stanardsville, VA

#19 Dec 19, 2012
So do all the people that sell fruit/veggies on a regular basis have permits and follow sales tax laws since they are for-profit enterprises?
John R

Waynesboro, VA

#20 Dec 19, 2012
Eaglescout1984 wrote:
The whole point of that law is to keep people from opening up an establishment that would disturb the peace of the neighborhood and cause traffic problems. If his neighbors are okay with what he is doing and he takes all the tree stands down once he's done, why does Waynesboro care? If they really wanted to follow the letter of the law, perhaps they should offer Mr. Critzer a space with which to run his charity rather than being a Scrooge.
Exactly my point - but, enforcement seems to be selective. A frequent "yard sale" which disrupts Main Street is OK but Mr. Critzers temporary tree lot which does not effect trafic is shut down.
Therese Parker

Hopewell, VA

#21 Dec 19, 2012
Chris - Praise God for people like you and shame, shame, shame on the City officials of Waynesboro!!! If you end up with a fine from those money-grubbers with the city, post it on facebook and you'll be able to raise enough to pay it. Giving away trees on Christmas? Whatever possessed you to come up with such a NON-COMMERCIAL idea??!! And, then DONATING some of the profits??!!! Fight to the bitter end on this one! Simple solution - City Council gives a zoning variance to your location once a year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please keep us posted.

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