Since writing my last post, it has come to my attention that the "no closer than 40 feet" rule has something to do with a goal to "Preserve the Beautiful Rural Nature of B-------- County's Roads" (or some other such nonsense to that effect).
Point Number 1:
In that case, O Brilliant Minds of Local Government, why not have a rule that you can't build within 40 feet of the road (as opposed to one's property line)? If I didn't make it abundantly clear before, we live-- and our property line lies-- way off the road. There's no way our garage will affect the nearest county road at all. I doubt you'll even see it from the road, and if you do, you'll have to be looking for it (which isn't a safe driving practice). In the next twenty or thirty years, two or three more houses could easily be built between our garage and that road. So... basically what I'm saying is that you need to re-write your dumb rule for it to make any sense at all.
(Oh, and if/when we alter the property lines so that our proposed garage will satisfy the zoning ordinance or whatever it is, the garage will be the exact same distance from the road as it would be if you DIDN'T put us to this unnecessary expense and trouble. ~youdarnstupididiots~ ...See my point? No? Oh. Well, I tried...)
Point Number 2:
I am a native and lifelong resident of this county, and in general, I like it (though you shouldn't ask me what I think about its government, right now). I think that it has at least its own fair share of natural and man-made beauty-- but let's just be honest. Like most large counties, there are also plenty of eyesores right off many roads, in very plain view. Junky trailers. Run-down or abandoned buildings. Overgrown fields of weeds. Our proposed garage, even if it was closer to the road and not hidden by eleventy-hundred trees and shrubs, would not be as offensive to the eye as hundreds of other extant spots along the county roads.
Just sayin', is all (as the cool folks put it).