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Handbook on How to Steal Freedom

Postby Eric Kimmel » Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:04 pm

The Stealth Land-Grabs of Regional Planners
Dear Eric,

The true story you are about to read is unfolding in communities across the country. New York's Capital Region Sustainability Plan, Together North Jersey's Regional Sustainability Plan, Envision Lehigh Valley [PA], Florida Seven50 and California's Plan Bay Area are few examples. Google "regional sustainable development" and the name of a city near you to learn more about regional plans in your area.


Thank you,
John
The Stealth Land-Grabs of Regional Planners


The people of Polk County, Tennessee cherish their land. Farmers will tell you the soil conditions on every square inch of their acreage and landowners reverently discuss their properties' history. These people would never knowingly submit to strict zoning regulations or government control of their land. Yet, without their knowledge or their informed consent, that is exactly what is about to happen.

Thrive 2055 is a planning scheme to roll 16 counties in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia into a single regional bundle effecting over 1 million residents. Drive distances to work, bike paths, light rail, mixed-use construction, and greenbelts will all converge into a unified scheme that is a carbon copy of plans unfolding across America. By forming a region, zoning decisions now made by local communities, will be under the authority of a powerful, regional board.


Most Polk County residents never heard of Thrive 2055. It is no wonder. Only a handful of residents attended planners' meetings. On a recent radio appearance, a spokesperson stated that after 2 years of community outreach,
planners received just 1200 completed community surveys. Of the planned region's 1 million residents, 998,800 did not participate.

According to the planners, community members decide their plan's makeup and the surveys are critical for gathering their information. The anemic participation suggests very few are interested.

Nor have planners been forthcoming about who took the surveys. Were they stacked with the families of venders who stand to profit from Thrive 2055, or possibly groups of opponents and their friends? Why are they continuing with a so-called 'community plan' with so little interest on the part of the community?

The planners have not answered one of these questions.

Community participation and full-disclosure about the good and bad of regional planning is fundamental if residents are to make informed decisions. Thrive 2055 offers no plan details. They claim the community decides the plan. What community? Are the 1200 who took the survey deciding the plan for the remaining 998,800?

The few who have heard of the Thrive 2055 have scant idea of the outcomes beyond the colorful brochures and trendy planner-speak. Feel good phrases like, "educated people with good jobs living in a great place" do not inform people. Rather, they disarm them from questioning the underlying flaws of the process.

Since many people own their land and can produce a property deed, they feel their rights are safe. Where regionalism is involved, this fatal misunderstanding sets people up to lose their property rights, their home values and their way of life.

The government does not need to own land to govern what owners can do with it. Instead, they need to control the zoning of the land. That is what regional planning does. It turns zoning decisions over to un-elected boards who must comply with the requirements of the federal grants that paid for the regional plan's implementation.

Already, in Chattanooga, the economic epicenter for Thrive 2055, planners are entertaining the idea of form-based codes. This is a programmable system for fast tracking zoning ordinances while marginalizing or altogether bypassing legislatures.

Nowhere do planners discuss these important facts with community members.

The community did not ask planners to sell them a regional plan that would swallow their communities' choices. It is incumbent on the planners to reach a representative number of people with full disclosure. It is not incumbent on the people to participate in a poorly defined and unsolicited scheme that endangers their property rights.

Perhaps it is time for Thrive 2055 to admit their failure to inform and engage the public, and simply to move on.




The only way to stop regional land grabs is with an educated population.

I created "Straight Talk About Planning" to help you easily spread the message about corrupt forms of planning.


"STAP" exposes pushy tactics many planners use and the risks planning pose in eight concise presentations. This is perfect to show officials with limited time and those who want to learn more about regionalism and sustainable development. Purchase your DVD here.


John Anthony, Sustainable Freedom Lab

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Re: Handbook on How to Steal Freedom

Postby gladesman » Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:01 pm

Looks as if Florida's version of this Thrive 2055 - Agenda 21 scheme is called Florida 2060 kind of rhymes with FWC initiatives tagged with Florida 2060 or as in theh past it was the The Wildlands Project.

Sometimes in Florida snakes don't die even when the sun goes down they just change names.

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Re: Handbook on How to Steal Freedom

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Re: Handbook on How to Steal Freedom

Postby gladesman » Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:40 pm

We got rid of State and Federal scenic highway designations down here in SW Florida years ago but it took a few years even after it had been proven to elected officials (Collier County Commissioners)that one of it's unadvertised goals was to remove elected officials from decision making on that segment of the road - US 41.

In the end it took proving that the Scenic Highway proponent's false claims that grant money would be lost was a LIE. Finally a county transportation official proved the claim was a lie right after a USFWS guy had made the claim at the last Collier Commission meeting on the subject.

After that the scam was DEAD.

Was it easy to kill - Hell No - but it needed to be done since even Scenic Highway designations are one of the tools of the Agenda 21, Wildlands Project, Florida 2060 bunch of subversives along with regional planning etc. etc.

They never give up though - Now we have the River of Grass Greenway trying to shift management of the highway and it's wide right of way from FDOT to a FDEP plan to be developed with NPS assistance - Wow What a Gift that will be for hunters and those who want to park on the side of the highway.

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Re: Handbook on How to Steal Freedom

Postby Deano » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:42 am

This is an article I stumbled across, and couldn't help think of the Article 21 aspects of this thread.

It justifies teaching the common core and why its so great. As usual, it's so dry that
it could likely be ignored by anybody who was unaware of what is really going on.

Guess it's best to dumb-down the teachers before you start on the students. :dontknow:

http://edexcellence.net/articles/teachers-the-common-core-and-the-freedom-to-teach
"The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics,
but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science."
- Carl Sagan


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