Saturday, April 23, 2011

Local Planning Offices Implementing United Nations Agenda 21

Very little doubt about it, local planning offices are implementing the United Nations Agenda 21

Case in point. Standard Building Codes, that's right. State-wide mandated local building codes. Municipalities or counties handling such planning were required to adopt the regulations. Those municipalites that didn't adopt the planning codes forfeited these duties to the county which had a planning office. In turn, the county board of commissioners adopted the state regulations for planning.

Of course, officials would deny there's anything in the planning code that comports with the United Nations Agenda 21. Even if they admitted such, they'd ask you to prove there is something 'nefarious' about the United Nations Agenda 21.

The primary comeback to that is what business is it of an unelected body - the United Nations - to offer regulations - which our federal representatives have signed on to by participating in the United Nations - and in turn states later adopt and then localities adopt the measures in such as local planning codes.

Most citizens have a hard enough time keeping track of how our elected officials ignore their oaths of office on any number of issues.

Continuously, one measure or another is simply unconstitutional, such as free trade agreements on the federal level (these should be treated as treaties as the effect on U.S. law is as if the agreements are treaties) and in Pennsylvania, Keystone Opportunity Zones.

We have long questioned how it is uniform taxation for local officials to waive taxes to businesses or residents locating in a KOZ for some specified amount of years, usually 10 or 12, and some with extensions after extensions? Meanwhile, other property owners locally who don't have property in a KOZ suffer fear of fines, fees, or loss of property for failure to pay their annual tax bills to the local jurisdictions or the state.

There is much wrong with the Agenda 21 coming to your local community. Be aware and hold your local officials accountable.

Net the Truth Online

U.N.'s Agenda 21 is in your community
Henry Lamb
World Net Daily Posted: April 23, 2011

Editor's note: Listen to this column online.

Anyone who reads Chapter 7 of Agenda 21 and then reads his local comprehensive land-use plan will immediately recognize that most of the provisions of the local land-use plan come directly from Agenda 21. More often than not, the elected officials who adopt these plans have never read Agenda 21, and many have never even heard of the U.N. document, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

The facilitators and professional planners have heard about Agenda 21, but frequently claim that the plan they are working on has nothing to do with the U.N. or Agenda 21. Don't believe it for one minute.

Gary Lawrence, former director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at the University of Washington, and chief planner for the city of Seattle, told an audience in London:

In the case of the U.S., our local authorities are engaged in planning processes consistent with LA21 [Local Agenda 21], but there is little interest in using the LA21 brand. … So, we call our processes something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.
In community after community, the same scenario is repeated. The federal government, through the EPA or the Department of Commerce or the Department of Interior, offers special grants to communities for the purpose of developing a vision for a greener future and a plan to convert the vision into reality.

Typically, the local government will find a private consultant to "facilitate" the process. The facilitator will identify a local "steering committee," carefully chosen from people who represent various segments of the community, all of whom are known in advance to be sympathetic to the goals of Agenda 21.

Typically, the advisory group will meet in private to lay out the framework for the process and the goals for the finished product. When this is achieved, public meetings are scheduled to give the appearance of public input and ownership. Rarely are these meetings ever publicized adequately to attract the private-property owners who are most directly affected. Care is taken to see that members of local environmental organizations and social-justice organizations constitute the majority of attendees.

These public meetings are said to be "the visioning process." The procedures vary slightly from community to community, depending upon the facilitator. Remarkably, however, the "vision" in every community contains essentially the same elements: restricted auto traffic; bike trails; walkable neighborhoods; integrated housing; high-density urban boundary zones; conservation areas; green belts; and much more – directly from Agenda 21.

Once the vision document is complete, the next step is to convert it into a comprehensive land-use plan, adopted by local elected officials in the form of an ordinance that is enforceable with fines and other penalties. The plans are necessarily so long and complex that few people ever read them, other than the professional planners and enforcement officials. Many, if not most, of these comprehensive plans incorporate many, if not most, of the codes developed by the International Codes Council. Here are some of the codes:

International Building Code
International Residential Code
International Fire Code
International Energy Conservation Code
International Private Sewage Disposal Code
International Mechanical Code
International Fuel Gas Code
International Wildland-Urban Interface Code
ICC Performance Code
International Existing Building Code
International Property Maintenance Code
International Zoning Code
International Green Construction Code
Here's a sample of what to expect. From Chapter 2 of the International Green Construction Code:

CONSERVATION AREA. Land designated by the jurisdiction or by state or federal government, as a result of a community planning process, as appropriate for conservation from development because of the land possessing natural values important to the community including, but not limited to wildlife habitat, forest or other significant vegetation, steep slopes, ground water recharge area, riparian corridor or wetland.
DAYLIGHT SATURATION. The percentage of daytime hours throughout the year when not less than 28 foot-candles (300 lux) of natural light is provided at a height of 30 inches (762 mm) above the floor.

DEMAND RESPONSE, AUTOMATED (AUTO-DR). Fully Automated Demand Response initiated by a signal from a utility or other appropriate entity, providing fully-automated connectivity to customer energy end-use control strategies.

This is a tiny sample of the rules and regulations buried deep within the innocent-sounding comprehensive land-use plans adopted by unaware local officials to achieve the politically correct label of "sustainable community."

Read more: U.N.'s Agenda 21 is in your community

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