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BCC Strategic Growth Plan or Land Grab?

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM

The City of Cleveland, Mayor Rowland, City Council have voted to recently enact the Growth plan for our City and with a collective pounding of a gavel that has plummeted our city into the most restrictive, highly regulated, highly taxed, most expensive land grab in our Bradley County history, this year. The County has recently tabled a vote on the growth plan to a later date.Your property rights have essentially dissipated and your taxes raised on that property have risen significantly! The Mayor will try to convince you that “our city has the lowest tax rate in the state of Tennessee!” I have heard this to ad nauseam and my answer to that is it may have been true last year, but in the near future, I gaurantee you, will not be true because of this vote. The BCC Growth Plan if you look at it thoroughly, will cost billions of dollars, and if we are implementing a “Vision Plan” for the future with those kind of numbers doesnt it make sense that it will cost you the taxpayer in the form of new taxes?
The Presidents Council on Sustainable Development, a direct result of the United Nations objective Agenda 21, by executive order of then President Bill Clinton the growth plan is being implemented in Bradley County. The PCSD says this about the land grab, land Agenda item 10 (d) 1) Land because of it unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human settlements, cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individiuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principle instrument and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. social justice, urban renewal, and healthy conditions for people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole. (3) To exercise such control effectively, public authorities require detailed knowledge of the current patterns of use and tenure of land; appropriate legislation defining the boundaries of individual rights and public interest. (4) Above all Governments must have the political will to evolve and implement innovative and adequate urban and rural land policies, as a cornerstone of their efforts to improve the quality of life in human settlements. Recommendation D.1 Land Resource Management a) Land is one of the most valuable natural resources and it must be used rationally. Public ownership or effective control of land in the public interest is the single most important means of improving the capacity of the human settlements to absorb changes and movements in population, modifying their internal structure and achieving a more equitable distribution of the benefits of development whilst assuring the environmental impacts are considered. (b) LAND IS A SCARCE RESOURCE WHOSE MANAGEMENT SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO PUBLIC SURVEILLANCE OR CONTROL IN THE INTEREST OF THE NATION. D.2 Control of land use changes says in section (b) CHANGE IN THE USE OF LAND, ESPECIALLY FROM AGRICULTURAL TO URBAN, SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO PUBLIC CONTROL AND REGULATION! SUCH CONTROL MAY BE EXERCISED THROUGH 1)Zoning and land use planning, direct intervention (through creating land reserves and preservation areas), legal controls via changes in boundaries, conditioned leases, communal land, public private mixed development enterprises, building and local permits, replotting, fiscal controls ie; property taxes, tax penalties and tax incentives, planned coordination between urban development and the promotion and location of new developments. Recommendation D.3 (b) THE UNEARNED INCREMENT RESULTING FROM THE RISE IN LAND VALUES RESULTING FROM CHANGE IN USE OF LAND FROM INVESTMENT OR DECISION OR DUE TO THE GENERAL GROWTH OF THE COMMUNITY MUST BE SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATE RECAPTURE BY PUBLIC BODIES UNLESS THE SITUATION CALLS FOR OTHER ADDITIONAL MEASURES SUCH AS NEW PATTERNS OF OWNERSHIP, THE GENERAL ACQUISITION OF LAND BY PUBLIC BODIES, Recommendation D.5 (b) PAST PATTERNS OF OWNERSHIP SHOULD BE TRANSFORMED TO MATCH THE CHANGING NEEDS OF SOCIETY AND BY COLLECTIVELY BENEFICIAL! I didnt just quote a communist paper or a Socialist type program from another country. I just quoted from the Presidents Council on Sustainable Development that has been directly influenced by the UNITED NATIONS and by executive order has passed this concept down to our individual communities elected on by our local officials. Our current City Mayor has introduced us to this plan and the council has voted for its inception. You want see this in the daily headlines, mainly because most people would not believe it! The general public and our elected officials of Bradley County doesnt even see the connection, further enhancing the capability of our elected officials to implement these Socialist type programs in our communities! Next time you see the Mayor or its Council tell them thank you for giving away your proprerty rights and increasing your tax burden. Good bye private property, the Government in Bradley County is well on its way to grabbing your land and my land!

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