I was going to add that to some extent I am for some zoning (I'm well aware of zoning abominations) and for building and safety rulings.
Cosmetic choices by homeowners associations rankle for me.
One of the places I've lived is Venice, CA, home of lots of artists and movie people and, for decades, my neighbors were a butcher and a postman. We had to struggle in our land use hearings to avoid what I call blind prohibitions and admit, instead, performance criteria. We didn't care what the hell your fence was made of, even chain link (Gehry was going to build a block from my house, although he's recently changed his mind, but he's famous for playful use of chain link on his own house in Santa Monica), as long as the fence height followed neighborhood agreed limits - which related to community as understood by the community.
I can see disagreeing with me on that, but I see front yards in tightly built urban communities as mixed spaces, both private and public-in-effect. Another whole subject.