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An Agenda?

Is something up right here in River City or is our town just planning ahead for a long sustainable future of Lazy Days?

Some claim the UN has been working overtime, reaching right into the heartland, and driving their “sustainability” agenda into towns and counties across the USA. “Global to Local”, some might say.

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Tin hats optional, we thought it was worth a look…………..

Our research quickly led to a few basics that are tough to ignore or dismiss:

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Have a look at ICLEI’s 3 Pillars of Sustainable Development:

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Have a look at the UN’s 4 Tiers of Sustainable Development:

  1. Environmental Sustainability
  2. Cultural Diversity
  3. Economic Sustainability
  4. Socio-Political Sustainability

 

Now, here are the top 3 Greatest Opportunities identified in the first meeting of Cary’s Master Plan Steering Committee, January 30, 2013:

  1. Environmental Stewardship
  2. Diversity
  3. Economics

Imagine the Odds!

A volunteer committee of 35 randomly selected Cary citizens, sits down together for the very first time and they end up nailing each and every one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda, and ICLEI’s  Pillars of Sustainability.  Wow!

Now that is either one heck of a coincidence or the boys over at ICLEI have one mighty fine reach.

So what is not “sustainable”?  We are learning more ourselves, but it is pretty clear that “everything is on the table”. All that attracts the greatest people around to Cary, all the elements that sustain Cary in national awards, very little of it is “sustainable”: personal property rights, single family homes, yards, wide traffic free streets, automobiles and unrestricted freedom of movement.

Imagine Cary now. You may not  recognize it in 5 or 10 years.

Click on the picture to the right to get started learning aagenda21 fornt coverbout Sustainable Developement in one easy lesson.

What’s going on right here in River City, is becoming clear but no one seems willing to stand up proudly behind their Sustainable Development  Blueprint.

It is already obvious to those of us attending meetings that Cary’s hired  facilitators and professional planners are faithfully  tracking the Sustainable Development model , yet never dare mention it.

Please grab Bing or Google and do some research yourself to understand how consistent and widespread “comprehensive planning” efforts like Cary’s are.  Henry Lamb sums it up well:

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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wouldn’t it have been  faster and cheaper to just cut to the chase? Ya gotta wonder… could the Town of Cary spend a million dollars on a planning effort without knowing at least some of this?

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More Links

How Local Agenda-21 Impacts Communities

What is Local Agenda 21? Find out how this plan to create sustainable communities could impact your freedoms, from where you live to what transport you use.

 UN Agenda 21 – Coming to a Neighborhood near You

 

This video provides a short overview of Agenda 21:

 

 

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