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Lesson 4: Smart Growth

Bike at beach.This is the fourth lesson in a series of ten lessons on Agenda 21, commonly known as Sustainable Development.. Today you will learn…

 How Smart Growth Stategies are Used to Control Human Behavior Within the Human Settlement.

One of the goals of Agenda 21 is to re-wild over 50% (plus an additional 10% for buffer zones around the re-wilded areas) of the United States. Out of necessity, this will force the human population off the rural lands and into, using Agenda 21 language, “human settlements”. Once there, the behavior of humans can be more easily monitored and controlled, thus creating, “sustainability”. Continue reading

Smart Growth is Dangerous Growth

Normally the author of the website www.Agenda21course.com  does not compose the articles included in the newsletter. In this the author would like to make an exception.

The official website for Smart Growth, www.smartgrowthamerica.org , is working actively, aggressively, and successfully to advance Agenda 21 in an attempt to transform our cities.

The Smart Growth America website lists 10 principles which are currently being used to transform our cities.  What the website does not tell you are the many negative consequences to the quality life of those living in the cities. Nor does it tell the truly horrible impact these principle will have on those living in the rural lands. Nor does it tell you how Smart Growth will steal freedom from every single American regardless of where they live.  This then is why the information in this article is so important.

Below are the 10 smart growth principles listed on the www.smartgrowthamerica.org website which are being used to convince those going to the site just how wonderful will be the results of smart growth planning. You may click on any of the principles to see more information.

 1. Mix land uses

2. Take advantage of compact design

3. Create a range of housing opportunities and choices

4. Create walkable neighborhoods

5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place

6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas

7. Direct development towards existing communities

8. Provide a variety of transportation choices

9. Make development decisions predictable, fair, and cost effective

10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions

Let’s examine the likely reality of the information listed under each principle and the likely outcome and purpose of each of these principles.

Principle 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8 collectively encourage developers to develop only within city boundaries resulting in developers building upward to acquire the millions of new living spaces needed. Encourage developers through zoning to place businesses on the ground floor of these high rises (=mixed use). Encourage the Progressive city councils raise taxes and take grants to fund mass transit and a massive network of sidewalks and bike paths.

The Smart Growth America website never mentions these principles over time will increase the difficulty of driving cars and trucks. As bicycles are given dedicated driving lanes or allowed to intermingle with moving cars, driving cars and trucks will become more difficult. Increasing the presence of more mass transit will further clog the roads. The addition of speed bumps and the loss of parking, as parking lots are replaced by high rises, acerbate the problem.  Eventually only the elite will have cars or parking spaces (think New York City). This sets up a scenario where the citizen is forced to walk, ride their bike, or use mass transit. This in turn makes it easy to limit where and when citizens are allowed to travel. If mass transit is not allowed to leave the city boundaries, then neither will the average citizen be able to leave-leaving the rural areas undisturbed advancing the Wildlands Project (See Lesson 3).

Principle 3 states there will be housing options for all socio-economic groups.

The Smart Growth America website does not mention, as develop-able land within the city becomes scarcer, affordable housing will become equally scarce. The only way the middle or lower classes can afford housing is if they are willing to live in a shoe-box size apartment, become part of the growing number of homeless, or have their housing subsidized by taxing others (again, think New York City).

Principle 5 states Smart Growth will create attractive communities with a strong sense of place.

The efforts by the American Planning Association (APA), which vigorously advances the principles of Smart Growth through its impact on university curriculum and its direct contact with virtually all of the city planners across America, along with numerous grants, passed out to cities to bribe them into using Smart Growth principles guarantees just the opposite result. In the end all the towns in America will have the same generic look; packed, stacked, full of bike paths, sidewalks, and mass transit with zoning and building codes which allow for little, if any, diversity of appearance. If not for the name of the city displayed on the side of its overpasses, it will be virtually impossible to tell one suburb or city from the other.

Principle 6 expresses the desire for more land to be locked up in a variety of green space options.

 The Smart Growth America website does not mention land taken out of private ownership is usually no longer taxed placing a greater burden on the remaining privately owned land. Further the resources on, above, and under the green space is usually locked down-often in perpetuity. As less land is left for private ownership, its value and the taxes on it go up-unless it is rural land outside of a town with an urban growth boundary.

A city, who creates an urban growth boundary, only allows development inside the city limits (creating pack and stack), while preventing development outside of the city limits. In addition to limited development the rural community is provided limited services. Taken to its logical conclusion, while the city land sky rockets in value, the rural land values plummet and the rural communities slowly become ghost towns as folks are forced to move into town. This then greatly advances the Wildlands Project.

If this sounds crazy, under Oregon law each of the state’s cities and metropolitan areas has already created an urban growth boundary around its perimeter to control expansion onto farm and forest lands. Other cities in America also have urban growth boundaries.

Principle 6 states:

“Preserving open spaces can also make communities more resilient, protecting them from natural disaster, combating air pollution, controlling wind, providing erosion control, moderating temperatures, protecting water quality, and protecting animal and plant habitats.”

The Smart Growth America website does not explain, with the exception of protecting animals and plant, which just makes sense, how in the world packing and stacking millions of humans into a relatively small space can achieve any of the rest of these claims.

All of China’s large cities embrace Smart Growth principles (have achieved extreme control of their citizens’ behaviors). Rarely are these cities touted for the good quality of their air or water. As for claims smart growth can control natural disasters and wind that is just nonsense designed to suck in the naïve.

Principle 9 and 10 assures the citizen the decision making process is fair and equitable and includes citizen involvement.

The head-sheds in charge of making the big decisions required to create a smart growth city do not leave any decisions to chance. They employ the Delphi/Consensus/Visioning process to make sure in advance the predetermined result the shakers and movers want is the result they get. Sure, they will attempt to create the illusion “everyone” has a say, but the process is rigged in advance.

In summary, the Smart Growth principles do not stand up to scrutiny. They are designed to sound wonderful, but in reality will drive the rural citizen out of the countryside and into packed cities where the peoples’ behaviors will be monitored and controlled. Smart Growth is just one more tactic used to steal our freedoms. Know it for what it is-dangerous growth.

Citizens in California’s Bay Area Fight to Stop Pack and Stack Building

We in the United States realize that many of our laws are affected by the crazy legal precedents established in California. This is certainly the case with all things environmental. Californians are infamous for going overboard to protect the environment. That makes them especially easy targets for a scam like sustainable development. That is why it comes as no surprise that California, especially around the San Francisco Bay Area, is currently the poster child for pack and stack building where living in multi-family housing, walking, bike-riding, or taking public transit to work are being forced on the citizens. In this August 6, 2013 article the citizens tell how their efforts to stop these restrictive measures have fallen on deaf ears, and that they, with the help of the Pacific Legal Fund plan to fight back. Please click the link to learn more about what will be your future if sustainable development is not stopped. link

Smart Growth Fraud

This article has been written by Dr. Michael Coffman. The same Dr. Coffman who showed the Biodiversity/Wildlands Project map to the Senate in 1994, and by so doing, stopped the ratification of the Biodiversity Treaty. This article explains why moving the American citizen, or any other country’s citizens, into pack-n-stack living conditions in the human settlements is not a good thing either for the citizen or the environment. Hence the name Smart Growth Fraud. link

Lesson 7: Regional Governments Will Destroy Our Local Representative Gov’t

Speaker's GavelThis is the seventh lesson in a series of ten lessons on Agenda 21, commonly known as Sustainable Development. Today we will learn …

How Regional Governments Will Destroy Our Local Representative Government and Hastens a One World Order

It is impossible to create a One World Order unless borders are completely eliminated. Take the European Union as an example. All the nations of the European Union share the same currency, have a free flow of people across their borders, have a central tax system with the means to enforce collections, and a common court system. That said, are they really sovereign anymore? Do their borders serve any function anymore? After all, there is a reason they are called the European Union. Continue reading

Lesson 6: Grants are Used as a Major Tool to Implement Agenda 21

GrantsThis is the sixth lesson in a series of ten lessons on Agenda 21, commonly known as Sustainable Development. Today we will learn how…

Grants are Used as a Major Tool to Implement Agenda 21

As one looks at the financial crisis in which one finds the United States, whether one sees this as a bad or a good thing depends on one’s point of view.  If the federal government wishes to create voluntary compliance at a local level with certain federal goals, would not making grants available to cash-starved local governmental entities, grants with strings attached, not be an effective way to create compliance?  Making matters worse is that the grant money the government uses to create local compliance is your tax dollars. Continue reading

Is Mary Granato’s Regional Government Responsible for Her Death?

This sad story shows how difficult, as Al Gore said, “the wrenching transformation of society” will be. The bike paths, walking paths, and mass transit lines for our new human settlements are being forced onto private property over the objections of the individuals who are being forced to sacrifice their land to eminent domain.

The owner of a property in Montgomery County, 85 year old Mary Granato, has been fighting to prevent Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission from having her large trees cut down and her front yard taken through eminent domain. MVRPC has plans to construct a bike path within 8 feet of her front door. This battle for property rights has been going on for most of a year.

This story ends even more tragically than normal. On July 31, 2013, while the county, against Mary’s wishes, was cutting down the mature trees immediately in front of her 150 year old house, Mary had a heart attack and died. To read about the struggle Mary has had since last October to stop this infringement of her property rights, please click here. link

Below is the story written in the Dayton Daily News on August 4, 2013 after Mary’s death.

 Deceased resident’s family said project distracts mourning.
 By Lawrence Budd Staff Writer

The death of an 85-year-old Washington Twp. woman could postpone work on the stretch of Austin Boulevard running past her home. Continue reading

Food Charters-Good Idea Until It Goes Bad

Sustainable Development ideas often are presented as beneficial ideas. Ideas that will help the individual and/or the environment, and possibly do-at least in the short haul. But, when one is dealing with Agenda 21 policy, it is critical to always keep the end game in mind. The end game is to move the human population into a pack and stack situation in the human settlements, where all of their food and fiber needs must be obtained from the land immediately around the human settlements.  To achieve this end game it is critical that humans are slowly conditioned to believe that it is a great idea to buy locally grown food. It is only later that they will find out that they will be the ones growing this food, and that there will be no alternatives. Continue reading

Clean Ohio Fund

The proponents of Agenda 21 are brilliant stategists. They know that it is hard to fight something that looks like a good idea. That is the case when you go to the Clean Ohio Fund website. Many of the things that are discussed sound great. The photos just make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Put your critical thinking hat on and use the knowledge you acquired during this course.  Continue reading

Want to see crazy?

This is your chance (Run, if you can!) to see bureacracy in action. This is the “Notice of Funding Availability for HUD’s Fiscal Year 2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program”. To think that some federal employee is paid to write this tedious gobbly-gook. Page after page explaining in confusing/vague terms how your federal government is using your tax dollars to promote social, economic, and environmental justice. It is enough to make your head explode! link