Used to have some land down in the valley, glad I got rid of it.
(Most of the time)
Part of the problem comes from people who get permits, start but never finish and the place gets taken for taxes.
The county then has to go in and scrape it clean in many cases.
By requiring utilities, they are trying to minimize those that start but never finish.
Had a several hour conversation with the county assessor and company when I wanted to put up a straw bale house and the permit was $5000 more than if I owned my place 2 miles north.
They actually had a couple of summer guys that did nothing but scrape junk off land that was abandoned, to help keep the county clean.
I can see hoth sides in this one.