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Bradley County Planning commission turns heads to the public, votes in favor of rezoning

In Agenda 21 on May 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM

About 100 concerned citizens filed into a Bradley County planning commission meeting to voice their discontent over zoning changes along hwy 60 that will intrude on people’s property and place the value of their land at a steep discount! “It’s not American, its not right, leave our land alone were the cries from throughout the room.”

New land use regulations are being put into affect and Bradley Countians are now being told by our local government appointees and committee members that what happens on your land will be dictated to you by planners and your elected officials!

You have not seen nothing yet. The Comprehensive plan that is up for a vote in the near future will be “on steroids” compared to the changes you are seeing right now! Commissioners will vote on a plan that will change your economic, social and environmental landscape for years to come.

PUD (Planned Urban Development) already in the early stages of development are even suggesting heavy fines and even jail time for non compliance. With the assistance of the EPA many Bradley countians and Clevelanders may do jail time possibly for one of hundreds of new land use regulations that may rain down on you. Perhaps not mowing your yard frequently enough or putting a little garden in your front yard? It’s real and it’s happening now. No longer are we thinking this may happen, it is upon us and soon will strangle us into behaving like a good little Socialist community!

You have been told by very expensive consultants that this plan has nothing to do with land use regulations when all along they know that it will! This is how this will be in part funded. Fines and taxes levied against you for non compliance will be the mechanism that makes this thing survive! Many in our local government are not educating themselves on the issues that will be affecting you directly, instead of listening to hundreds of angry constituents they will listen to a few consultants and perhaps a few state legislators who are saying this has nothing to do with Agenda 21, when it is Agenda 21, verbatim.

Many of our leaders are not being open and honest. They would rather play games than get to the heart of the issue. This is very serious and we should hold our elected leaders to an ultimatum. Protect our rights or get out so someone can!

It is really time we get busy and call our county commissioners and City Council and Mayors x 2 and tell them to vote NO on a few things that are definitely bothering you!

It’s time for a house cleaning and I can’t think of a better time than the next election cycle to do so. To have the planning commissioners that are vested and reap the benefit of their vote is a tragedy! When most of your planning members are realtors, builders and construction guys you got to know something smells.

It’s time to find representatives who are just that, REPRESENTATIVES of your district and of the people. Time to clean house folks, time to flip the house!

Read this below from the Banner reporter David Davis.

Bradley County Planning commissioners approved a rezoning request Tuesday over the objections of about 100 people, including two county commissioners, who crowded into the Bradley County Courthouse.

County Commissioners Terry Caywood and Ed Elkins, who both represent the 1st District, asked the planning board members to delay the vote.

“I’ve listened tonight to some of the opposition and I think what stuck with me the most is the lack of infrastructure, the environmental issues and traffic issues,” Elkins said. “I think we could do well if we at least got some additional information before you make a decision.”

Elkins said he would also like to know more about the intended use because that could have a strong bearing on the amount of opposition.

Planning commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the request from Judith Allen to rezone 223 acres bordering Georgetown Road and Francisco Road N.W. from Forestry/Agriculture/Residential to General Industrial. The motion to approve the request was made by Tom Crye and seconded by Bradley County Commissioner Mel Griffith. Voting in favor of the request were Crye, Griffith and Stacey Tucker. Voting against the request were Janie Bishop and Daryl Sneed. Planning Commission Chair Tony Young abstained because he and Allen are employed by Crye-Leike Real Estate Services. Commissioners Lisa Webb, Lindsay Hathcock and Greg Calfee were absent.

Bishop said after the meeting she voted no to rezone the property because she felt more information was needed concerning a plan of utility and transportation services.

Bradley County Planner Corey Divel recommended approval of the request based on the land use plan in which the property is identified as a potential site for industry, primarily as a warehouse. Also, the property is of substantial size to allow plenty of room for buffers.

A string of neighbors and members of the Bradley County Radio Control Model Aircraft Club expressed opposition to the zoning change. One man said his family has owned a farm in the vicinity for 100 years.

“People live in the county for a reason,” he said.

Another said he has owned property since 1973. He moved his family to Tennessee because his former state was careless with individual rights. He planned for his daughter to live on a portion of the property and become a member of the community.

Don Lewis said Tennessee Department of Transportation officials acknowledged at a recent public hearing that Highway 60 is too narrow and outdated to handle traffic. He asked planning commissioners to wait until TDOT provides more information on the route of the new road.

“I moved here four years ago because we wanted to get away from industry,” one of the neighbors said. “Preserve it as rural, the way it is.”

Young said at that point he would allow a couple of more speakers.

“I think we get the gist,” he said. “You are all against it.”

A real estate broker said the land is one of the prettiest places in Bradley County and, “I do not, nor my family, want it turned into an industrial park. What it is good for is raising cattle, kids and families.”

Radio controlled aircraft flyers rent property adjacent to the Allen property. The club president said sandhill cranes and blue herons use the property as well as the 50 club members.

One of hobbyists said he did not want to see any county in Tennessee invite retirees, such as himself, to live on nice, pristine land, then turn around and change it into smelly industrial land.

“Please leave this land the way it is,” he said.

Young said he serves on the Bradley/Cleveland Industrial Development Board in addition to the planning commission because the county is struggling to find space for warehouses. He said Interstate 75 Exit 20 will be retail because it is too cost-prohibitive for industry. Also, he said the proposed Spring Branch Industrial Park south of Exit 20 is still several years away.

He said the purpose of the open meeting was to allow the public the opportunity to guide the Planning Commission, “and that’s what everybody here has had the opportunity to do,” Young said. “We’re appointed members. Ultimately, we have no say in what happens here tonight. We simply make a recommendation to the Commission. They’ll be the ones that have the authority to vote this request up or down.”

Ronnie Davis, pastor of Mount Zion New Covenant Church of God, said he cannot do what he wants to do, but has to listen to the church board and congregation.

“I feel like we should have some say here and some impact on what we’re doing here,” he said. “If we don’t, we’ve lost what it is to be an American — we’ve lost it. Folks, we’ve got to have a stand. We’ve got to say what’s right and take a stand for what’s right. It’s not all about money. It’s about what’s right.”

Young said he serves on the nonpaying boards because, “My total interest is bringing jobs into the community so everyone’s children have places to work so they don’t have to move out of the community to find a job.”

The Bradley County Commission is scheduled to vote on the zoning change June 4.

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NFRA condemns A21 and comprehensive plan, Bradley County leaders forge on

In Agenda 21, Government on January 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The National Federation of Republican Assemblies recently made a statement and offered a supporting resolution regarding Agenda 21, Comprehensive planning and land use regulations stating these plans have no respect for the people’s rights to their own property!

This resolution and statement below did not come from a conservative right wing spokesperson or media outlet! This did not come from Glenn Beck or Alex Jones, it came from the NFRA on the heels of a resolution made by the RNC and a bill proposal by Tennessee State Representatve Kevin Brooks to halt and desist the Agenda 21/ICLEI COmprehensive Planning process.

These resolutions are evidence to me that our elected officials are starting to listen the people they represent and are absorbing the enormity of this sinister and diabolical plan to rid our country of it’s sovereignty, inalienable and property rights!

They have now gone a step further and have taken the initiative to call out the groups that are responsible for implementing these “Comprehensive Plans” using the United Nations Agenda 21 model for “sustainable growth.”

The NGOs, Non Governmental Organizations such as the APA-American Planning Association, the Chamber of Commerce (of which holds the number one Consultative Status with the United Nations) Sierra Club and locally, the Cleveland and Bradley County planning offices, the Industrial Development Board, “the SSD gang” (I warned you of months ago), TACIR and the many other boards not representative of the people of Bradley County!

Our locally elected officials continuing to be complicit with the Comprehensive plan is a failure of our local government to constitutionally operate!

This shameful display of cooperation with a foreign entity to destroy our country borders on illegal and is definitely unconstitutional! This blatant disregard for our sovereignty and our mere survivability should be condemned and these complying officials removed from office by the strength of the ballot box.

As soon as tomorrow our County Planners, Mayors and many elected officials in cooperation with ICLEI, McBride Dale and Clarion are presenting a “Comprehensive Plan” to the public using the United Nations Agenda 21 as a directive tool!

This is no longer our elected officials and planners moving forward without notification and ignorance! This is full cooperation with ICLEI, the UN and NGOs setting out to destroy our country, our property rights and our way of life!

The meeting tomorrow, Monday January 30th, from 7 to 9 pm, at the Five Points museum with planners, elected officials and NGOs will be a direct overt act to circumvent the people of Bradley County and will show direct cooperation with a foreign entity to undermine our constitutional republic.

A reminder to readers our County Commission has not authorized this action and have voted for it not to move forward. County Planner Corey Divel has countered that the County has committed to the funding to assist with implementation. But no vote to go forward! The city council and Mayor Tom Rowland have voted yes on the BCC 2035 Strategic Growth Plan.

It will be interesting to see who will show up at this big “visioning” meeting! Who will remain complicit above all sensible warnings, bill drafts and resolutions? Who will the “useful idiots” be that remain committed to this process?

We can no longer stand back as our elected officials give away our country and our county to an agent of an International entity that does not have our best interest in mind. This direct and deliberate violation of our rights cannot be tolerated and all should be held accountable for their actions.

The NFRA, the RNC and most recently our very own Kevin Brooks have presented resolutions and bills to stop Agenda 21. I believe our leaders are beginning to see the Comprehensive Plan, Agenda 21 process for what it truly is. They are now willing to step up to stop it, we should make sure their resolutions and bill proposals and efforts do not go to waste.

The question still remains why is Bradley County, Tennessee still going forward with this costly and unconstitutional plan? Why are our Mayors and select elected representatives still moving forward when leaders in the nation and many within their own parties are saying halt.

Read below, look closely at it’s content and then tell me we have nothing to worry about! The nation sees it, some of our elected state officials, a few local guys see it, but, why are our planners and mayors still moving forward?

I am afraid it is the lust and lure of the mighty federal tax dollar and the selfish pride of not wanting to admit they were wrong. Then sprinkle into the equation the thought that some may be in deeper than we think and can’t get out even if they wanted. I think now you can begin to see a little more clearly!

NFRA RESOLUTION OPPOSING UNITED NATIONS’ COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLANNING
WHEREAS, the National Federation of Republican Assemblies recognizes that the pillars of freedom and liberty are life, liberty and property. As such, we seek to identify those candidates that understand and support these same noble characteristics of our great nation and that it is the combination of these truths that makes America “exceptional”; and
WHEREAS, some little known facts about comprehensive land use planning, known as Agenda 21 include, but are not limited to, the following:
The UN’s Agenda 21 was revealed to the world at the Rio Earth Summit II in 1992;
Agenda 21 was signed into soft law in 1992 and requires only administrative approval and not legislative approval;
The UN’s Agenda 21 was granted administrative approval when President Clinton, through Executive Order, created the first President’s Council on Sustainable Development;
The President’s Council on Sustainable Development created the domestic plan known as “Sustainable America”;
Official non-Government Organizations known as NGOs are certified through the UN based on their compliance and willingness to institute UN created policies like Agenda 21 and the “Wildlands Project”. Examples of NGOs include, but are not limited to: the Sierra Club, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Planning Association, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; formally known as the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.”;
GATT, NAFTA and other trade agreements also contain components that are derivatives from the economic components of Agenda 21;
Income redistribution as a form of “economic justice” is a tool to be used by Agenda 21;
Agenda 21 is anti-property rights;
The terms “Sustainable Development”, “Smart Growth”, “Comprehensive Land Use Plan”, and “Sustainable Agriculture” are domestic equivalents of Agenda 21; and
The Global Biodiversity Assessment Report identifies private property ownership, single family homes, traditional agriculture, and consumerism as “unsustainable.”; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that we, the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA), oppose the nondomestic policies of Agenda 21 based on failure to recognize private property rights as one of America’s cornerstones of freedom and liberty; be it further
RESOLVED, that Article one, Section ten of the Constitution prohibits any State or subordinate governmental body from contracting with nondomestic entities such as ICLEI; and be it
RESOLVED, that the NFRA shall not endorse a candidate or elected official including the office of President that refuses to oppose the same.

Agenda 21: Sally Absher TN State Executive Committeewoman speaks up about Agenda 21

In Agenda 21 on January 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

It was only a matter of time before our politicians would finally see the light. The RNC, the GOP, select Democrats and State Executive Committeewoman Sally Absher are now speaking loudly and are talking about the dreaded Regional Growth Plan and it’s close ties to Agenda 21.

Also on board recently and sounding the alarm is Tn State Executive Committee Woman Peggy Lambert and State Senator Jim Summerfield!

On the flip side, the opposite is true in Bradley County and the region! Chattanooga/ICLEI/Recalled Mayor Ron Littlefield/Beth Jones/Bradley Planner Corey Divel/Mayor Gary Davis/Mayor Tom Rowland/State Representative Kevin Brooks and many others in Bradley County are still pushing the Agenda 21 Growth Plan as the “plan of all plans” despite warnings from within their own party!

Please stay tuned and read the letter below from Sally Absher! You will clearly see the line of demarcation that is continuing to divide our state! Some continue to move forward, while others like Sally, Peggy and Jim are attempting to halt it!

I can’t figure why the “powers that be”, the decision “makers and shakers” of this huge unconstitutional tax burdened, highly regulated, land grabbing growth project are still moving forward as fast as they can while their State Executives and the RNC are saying halt!

On the other hand, I believe I do understand! As a father of three, I think I am qualified to make this judgement call. They are acting as a child in a candy store wanting that one piece of candy they can’t have. In this case that one big federal grant, and they are lying on the floor, on their back and are kicking and screaming, “Daddy told me if I was a good boy, I could get that piece of candy or in this case a few measly million dollars of grant money, and I’m gonna lay here and resist till I get my way!” “Because the Mayors are saying its good for the local economy!!!”

It is obvious to me that special interest, lobbyist, the PPPs and the NGOs have got our politicians ear, not the parties that are representative of the people! This is the sadness of all this!

We are witnessing the slide of our political machine that is supposed to be representative of the people, melt off into the abyss! Our local, State and Federal bureaucrats have let the proverbial cheese fall off the cracker! The lust for money, the promise of power, greed and a misdirected plan has hijacked our local representatives and are unfortunately are influencing their decisions!

They are no longer representatives of the people but are minions, stooges, dare I say, “useful idiots” of an International Socialist engineering scheme that has captured and took over any decision making skills they may have had!

I feel sorry for the whole lot! Can you imagine where they are now! They have gone from, in a very short time of being the hero, the bringer (if that’s a word) home of the big piece of the pie to the persons who are now being held responsible for engineering the scheme that makes us a socialist nation with bigger plans for the eventual takeover of our country by a New World Order!

Now because of their poor leadership, people in their districts will soon be living in POD communities, stacked in little HUD houses, looking begrudgingly at the next scourge that may wipe out parts of the population so that we can be sustainable!

Because of these elected people, we are now living in highly regulated, annexed and expanding Urban Growth Development areas while assisting the UN in decreasing sprawl and living around uninhabital land reserves placed within a color zone!

We gotta annex so we can get those extra tax dollars from the ones we represent, you know!

In the meantime, we are witnessing the greatest loss of our freedom and sovereignty by land grabs and horrendous land use regulations of our time?

Can you imagine why they are not backing down after numerous calls from their leadership? It’s a pride thing now, we are in way too deep! Turning around now would mean they were right and I was wrong!

I believe honestly they would rather go to their grave knowing they destroyed our country than acknowledge that they were wrong! I see the quandry, I understand, I feel the pain, I really do! But it’s high time to do the right thing and reverse course! I understand feeling you are too deep into this diabolical international plan to turn tail now! But we must be realistic here!

I feel it is time to make it right and save face! I must either forge on or I must get slapped in the face with a big ole piece of humble pie!

Dont be that “useful idiot” too proud of this Regional project to ever save face. Its time to put on our big boy panties, suck it up, be a big man and admit to wrong doing and change course!

I can’t imagine a representative of the people continuing to fight till the last breath against cries from within their own party or from their constituency, but I imagine there is a few that will!

This house of deception is crumbling fast as more and more people are seeing it’s real intent! I would not personally want to be still holding the bag when it collapses!

Many lives are being directed into your imperfect storm! It’s time to guide them to safety! Let’s disassociate with ICLEI and shove off this International inspired growth plan, watch the free market take care of this growth thing all by it’s self with the best interest of the people in mind!

Don’t be that adult child that screams and pitches a fit long after they have been told “no!” Be the man or woman you were elected to be and represent the people!

The letter from one of our Tennessee State Executive Women Sally Absher to Adam Nickas , Executive Director, Tennessee Republican Party!

Adam Nickas
Executive Director
Tennessee Republican Party
(615) 269-4260
adam@tngop.org
http://www.tngop.org

Dear SEC Members, County Chairs, Young Republicans, College Republicans, and others,

First I would like to thank Peggy Lambert, our RNC Executive Committeewoman, for her report last Saturday in which she identified “the social engineering program known as Agenda 21” as one of the top issues for the RNC this year. This is a very complex topic, and there are many components to the UN’s Agenda 21, from education policy to restricting rural development to “smart growth” in our urban areas. But the two areas that impact citizens across the state are the policies that affect the rural areas, and urban areas of our counties. We have seen an explosion in “Comprehensive Plans” – some at the county level, some encompassing multiple counties or even extending across state lines, as with the Chattanooga area’s 16 County 40 Year Plan. It is up to us to dig beneath the surface, and expose the over-reach of government and the waste and abuse of tax dollars to support these programs. Please understand – I am all for conservation and being a good steward of the resources the Lord gave me. What I am against is restriction of personal property rights and government making decisions on where people can live, work, and how they can get around in their community.

I have attached two fact sheets that will quickly bring you up to speed on the basics, as well as a figure showing the state of Tennessee from the stimulated reserve and corridor map that Dr. Michael Coffman drew up based on the Global Biodiversity Assessment Report and the US and UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program (google these). What you need to know is that this is the end plan, unless we stop this now. As with most incremental plans, this won’t happen all at once, but ultimately, red areas will be completely off-limits to all human activity, yellow and green areas are limited use areas (agriculture, etc. – for now). All people will live inside the black dots on the map, in “stack ’em and pack ’em” high rise apartments. No lake houses. No mountain cabins. No suburbs. You can also search YouTube for the video “Agenda 21 for Dummies” – about 9 minutes long. It’s a little dated and the ending is a bit hokey, but it is a good introduction to some of the national figures who have been in this battle for the past 20 years.

This is a lot of information to toss to you at once. There are several good speakers on this topic across the state, so if you would like for someone to make a presentation to your GOP club or organization, please let me know and I will help you get that set up. Another thing to remember is that this is a non-partisan issue (or maybe it is a bi-partisan issue). George H.W. Bush signed the agreement at the Rio Conference in 1992; Bill Clinton created the President’s Council on Sustainability; Mayors and Governors of both parties embraced these programs in order to receive federal grant money, and Barack Obama (along with the EPA) is pushing the pedal to the metal as far as implementing this. EO 13575, which established the White House Rural Council. This should be of concern to everyone who lives in a county with rural areas. It will be to the GOP’s advantage to get out in front of this quickly, but don’t hesitate to try to educate democrats as well. You might want to check out Rosa Koire’s book “Behind the Green Mask: UN Agenda 21” available at Amazon for $14.37.

My apologies to the folks in the Chattanooga area who already received some of this information! Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about this, and again, I urge you to do a search on the computer for “sustainable development” and your county or city. Or “comprehensive plan” and your county or city. You might be surprised by what you find!

Sally Absher
Tennessee Republican Party
State Executive Committee SD 6
865-621-3765

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Annexation: Floating loans, flag lots, expanding UGB, new taxes, just to build an access road in Bradley County

In Agenda 21, Government on January 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

`That government can scarcely be deemed to be free, where the rights of property are left solely dependent upon the will of a legislative body, without any restraint. The fundamental maxims of a free government seem to require; that the rights of personal liberty and private property, should be held sacred.’ _ Justice Story

City Council moving to make the county happy! What in the world is going on in Bradley County! Annex this, don’t annex that! This is already in the Urban Growth Boundary but we will annex it any way! Whirlpool executives “watching the development closely!” Floating short term bonds at 2 to 3 percent interest for 12 to 20 years! Flag lots shooting out from main roads, creating costly and demanding land use regulations on it’s citizens! All of this over an access road to a plant! Good lord people of Bradley County and Cleveland! Can you believe this latest hellabaloo is over a road that gives access to a plant?

One road…..to pay for it we are borrowing our own money, financing it and we have no forseeable way of paying for it! What on Gods green Earth are we going to do when we have a real dilemma like the one coming up at the end of the month when a comprehensive growth plan is put into action! This albatross is going to cost us conservatively 6 to 10 billion and no promises it will stay that low! In fact no one knows what it will cost but one thing I can tell you is not one person has debunked that cost estimate yet!

You are seeing the dilemma we are having with one road thats going to cost the taxpayer about 20 to 30 million, this is one road! We have hundreds to build with a comprehensive plan! This one we are loaning the money out and placed on a payment plan for 12 to 20 years on your dime, this is borrowed money for one road!

Can you imagine the cost load on you the private citizen to pay for this huge comprehensive growth plan? Can you imagine what will happen to our local economy when we keep stacking layers of debt on top of each other? Can you feel the strain on our economy if our city and county mayors and planners have their way!

What we have done is disrupted the open free market! Instead of letting the market take care of itself by demand we have politically selected the businesses we want to survive and have forced an unnatural selection process!

We have decided forcibly who survives and who does not! The end result through this selective narrow process is we have placed the burden of this selection on you the taxpayer instead of letting capitalism run it’s course!

We have squeezed out the “little guy” by charting the course of the free market, which in turn it goes from being free to a being a pawn of local government! This is a disaster waiting to happen, an economy just waiting to hit the iceberg so to speak, much like the Titanic!

Our demise is near! Our Mayors are setting the course! Let their legacy be along with the council and commission they manipulate be the heirs solely responsible for our future collapse! Don’t listen to the premeditated talking points that this is good for our economy! Add it up for your self and you tell me if it is good for the economy! When you do the math, you know this is not better for you! Ask who this is really good for! The answer will not surprise you!

Sure we get a little grant money, guess what happens when the Federal grant money runs out? We are left holding the bag and the bag will be heavy! Proportionately with every new debt that our locally elected representatives place on us the greater the burden on you and your future generations! Our planners and mayors cam not be looking to the future with clear goggles! If they were they would take off in the other direction an run for the hills! The debt load on future citizens will be great and potentially one that will not be able to stand the load! So everytime you hear annexation, comprehensive Growth plan, new roads or schools think about that heavy load they must carry and consider this! Will it be worth it if our future generations cannot afford to live in it!

Council moving to annex property
by By DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor 5 hrs ago | 285 views | 0  | 1  |  | 
The Cleveland City Council has moved to help break the deadlock between it and the Bradley County Commission over how much each local government will pay for right of way acquisition for road improvements to the new Whirlpool plant on Benton Pike.

The city agreed to annex property along Durkee Road and Benton Pike already in the urban growth boundary in order for the city to share equally with Bradley County.

The Council will also float a short-term bond to pay for the project. The bond could either be variable or fixed rate. Options include a capital outlay note for 12 years for $2 million. It would be at a fixed rate at 2.39 percent. The other two proposals are for variable rate debt for 20 years, and for fixed rate debt set up to be amortized over 20 years, but required to be renewed after five or seven years.

Cleveland City Manager Janice Casteel said she did not recommend the capital outlay note since the county will repay its portion within four years, which would leave the city with the option of doing the same.

The Council is expected to make a decision at its Jan. 23 meeting.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is funding 100 percent of the construction cost and 50 percent of property acquisition under the State Industrial Access road program. City and county governments must pay the remaining half of right of way acquisition before the state proceeds to widen Benton Pike (between APD 40 and Michigan Avenue Road) to three lanes and to widen the two lanes and shoulders of Durkee Road between Benton Pike and U.S. Highway 64.

Casteel said the annexation plan would affect property along the length of Durkee Road, including flag lots.

According to the financial website Bankrate.com, “Flag lots are so named because of the long, slender strips of land resembling flag poles that extend from the typically rectangular main sections of these lots — or the ‘flags’ — out to the street. Each ‘flag pole’ typically provides just enough frontage for vehicle access and is often shared by several neighbors.”

“[The annexation] actually takes in the boat company as well because it is a flag lot,” Casteel said. “You think of it as being on Highway 64, but technically, it’s a flag lot off of Durkee Road. The reason we’re looking at this so hastily is because if you would like to participate in the funding with Bradley County, then Durkee Road needs to be in the city prior to any commitment to sharing that funding.”

Through annexation, the Council would only pay for areas of the project within the city limits.

Mayor Tom Rowland said Whirlpool corporate officials in Benton Harbor, Mich. are closely watching the progress made toward getting the road built.

“They consider the city and county as the local governmental entity. They don’t look at us as two separate entities,” the mayor said. “They are very concerned and want us to get along with this project.”

The city will provide funds to TDOT in the amount of $1.998 million to purchase additional ROW and pay for additional utility costs. According to TDOT’s estimated costs as of Oct. 4, 2011, subject to the city’s successful annexation of the property and if the County Commission agrees to reimburse the city for its share of the costs, including proportionate fees including accrued interest on the county’s portion. Repayment is to be made within four years from the date funds are transferred to TDOT for the project.

The Bradley County Commission would also be required to amend the Minnis Road sewer agreement for Park View Elementary School. Under the amended agreement made June 24, 2009, the county would forgive the city of any further costs related to that project, which would be about $450,000.

The County Commission will vote on the agreement at a later date.
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Human Settlements: UN’s vision for Bradley County

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM

We often take for granted our ability to own property, to have that special lot of land, that lakeside piece of heaven, the meadow swarming with wildlife! Aaaaaah! The peacefulness in those thoughts!

The United Nations issued this report to the UN Conference on Human Settlements where their members have planned out the vision for our Amercica in an Agenda 21 envisioned world.

Land, your land is truly an asset, an asset so valuable they see this land as what contributes to the rest of the worlds poverty, by our “wealth.” Our land ownership is social injustice! We, by owning land are keeping the wealth in the US and not sharing or playing well with others!

This is so sad, because they now have teamed with our own White House to destroy it one piece at a time. Our local Mayors have recieved marching orders to set this plan into action!

My next few posts are going to be about letting you know how they intend to take over your property rights one piece of land at a time!

Read this declaration by the UN and see what they are saying about your land! The openess surprises me, but not enough are fighting for their rights and they will soon see them destroyed one county at a time!

REPORT OF HABITAT:
UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE
ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS

Chapter II D.

Land

(Agenda item 10 (d))

Preamble

Land, because of its unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human settlements, cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation 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 development, the provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole.
Instead, the pattern of land use should be determined by the long-term interests of the community, especially since decisions on location of activities and therefore of specific land uses have a long-lasting effect on the pattern and structure of human settlements. Land is also a primary element of the natural and man-made environment and a crucial link in an often delicate balance. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable to its protection as an asset and the achievement of the long-term objectives of human settlement policies and strategies.
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; and suitable instruments for assessing the value of land and transferring to the community, inter alia through taxation, the unearned increment resulting from changes in use, or public investment or decisions, or due to the general growth of the community.
Above all, Governments must have the political will to evolve and implement innovative and adequate urban and rural land policies, as a corner-stone of their efforts to improve the quality of life in human setttlements.
Recommendation D.1

Land resource management

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 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 that environmental impacts are considered.
LAND IS A SCARCE RESOURCE WHOSE MANAGEMENT SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO PUBLIC SURVEILLANCE OR CONTROL IN THE INTEREST OF THE NATION.
This applies in particular to land required for:
The extension and improvement of existing settlements, the development of new ones and, in general, the achievement of a more efficient network of human settlements;
The implementation of programmes of urban renewal and land-assembly schemes;
The provision of public shelter, infrastructure and services;
The preservation and improvement of valuable components of the man-made environment, such as historic sites and monuments and other areas of unique and aesthetic social and cultural value;
The protection and enhancement of the natural environment especially in sensitive areas of special geographic and ecological significance such as coastal regions and other areas subject to the impact of development, recreation and tourism activities.
Land is a natural resource fundamental to the economic, social and political development of peoples and therefore Governments must maintain full jurisdiction and exercise complete sovereignty over such land with a view to freely planning development of human settlements throughout the whole of the natural territory. This resource must not be the subject of restrictions imposed by foreign nations which enjoy the benefits while preventing its rational use.
In all occupied territories, changes in the demographic composition, or the transfer or uprooting of the native population, and the destruction of existing human settlements in these lands and/or the establishment of new settlements for intruders, is inadmissible. The heritage and national identity must be protected. Any policies that violate these principles must be condemned.
Recommendation D.2

Control of land use changes

Agricultural land, particularly on the periphery of urban areas, is an important national resource; without public control land is a prey to speculation and urban encroachment.
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:
Zoning and land-use planning as a basic instrument of land policy in general and of control of land-use changes in particular;
Direct intervention, e.g. the creation of land reserves and land banks, purchase, compensated expropriation and/or pre-emption, acquisition of development rights, conditioned leasing of public and communal land, formation of public and mixed development enterprises;
Legal controls, e.g. compulsory registration, changes in administrative boundaries, development building and local permits, assembly and replotting;
Fiscal controls, e.g. property taxes, tax penalties and tax incentives;
A planned co-ordination between orderly urban development and the promotion and location of new developments, preserving agricultural land.
Recommendation D.3

Recapturing plus value

Excessive profits resulting from the increase in land value due to development and change in use are one of the principal causes of the concentration of wealth in private hands. Taxation should not be seen only as a source of revenue for the community but also as a powerful tool to encourage development of desirable locations, to exercise a controlling effect on the land market and to redistribute to the public at large the benefits of the unearned increase in land value.
THE UNEARNED INCREMENT RESULTING FROM THE RISE IN LAND VALUES RESULTING FROM CHANGE IN USE OF LAND, FROM PUBLIC INVESTMENT OR DECISION OR DUE TO THE GENERAL GROWTH OF THE COMMUNITY MUST BE SUBJECT TO APPROPRIATE RECAPTURE BY PUBLIC BODIES (THE COMMUNITY), UNLESS THE SITUATION CALLS FOR OTHER ADDITIONAL MEASURES SUCH AS NEW PATTERNS OF OWNERSHIP, THE GENERAL ACQUISITION OF LAND BY PUBLIC BODIES.
Specific ways and means include:
Levying of appropriate taxes, e.g. capital gains taxes, land taxes and betterment charges, and particularly taxes on unused or under-utilized land;
Periodic and frequent assessment of land values in and around cities, and determination of the rise in such values relative to the general level of prices;
Instituting development charges or permit fees and specifying the time-limit within which construction must start;
Adopting pricing and compensation policies relating to value of land prevailing at a specified time, rather than its commercial value at the time of acquisition by public authorities;
Leasing of publicly owned land in such a way that future increment which is not due to the efforts by the new user is kept by the community;
Assessment of land suitable for agricultural use which is in proximity of cities mainly at agricultural values.
Recommendation D.4

Public ownership

Public ownership of land cannot be an end in itself; it is justified in so far as it is exercised in favour of the common good rather than to protect the interests of the already privileged.
PUBLIC OWNERSHIP, TRANSITIONAL OR PERMANENT, SHOULD BE USED, WHEREVER APPROPRIATE, TO SECURE AND CONTROL AREAS OF URBAN EXPANSION AND PROTECTION; AND TO IMPLEMENT URBAN AND RURAL LAND REFORM PROCESSES, AND SUPPLY SERVICED LAND AT PRICE LEVELS WHICH CAN SECURE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE PATTERNS OF DEVELOPMENT.
Special consideration should be given to:
Measures outlined in Recommendations D.2 and D.3 above;
Active public participation in land development;
Rational distribution of powers among various levels of government, including communal and local authorities, and an adequate system of financial support for land policy.
Recommendation D.5

Patterns of ownership

Many countries are undergoing a process of profound social transformation; a review and restructuring of the entire system os ownership rights is, in the majority of cases, essential to the accomplishment of new national objectives.
PAST PATTERNS OF OWNERSHIP RIGHTS SHOULD BE TRANSFORMED TO MATCH THE CHANGING NEEDS OF SOCIETY AND BY COLLECTIVELY BENEFICIAL.
Special attention should be paid to:
Redefinition of legal ownership including the rights of women and disadvantaged groups and usage rights for a variety of purposes;
Promoting land reform measures to bring ownership rights into conformity with the present and future needs of society;
Clear definition of public objectives and private ownership rights and duties which may vary with time and place;
Transitional arrangements to change ownership from traditional and customary patterns to new systems, especially in connexion with communal lands, whenever such patterns are no longer appropriate;
Methods for the separation of land ownership rights from development rights, the latter to be entrusted to a public authority;
Adoption of policies for long-term leasing of land;
The land rights of indigenous peoples so that their cultural and historical heritage is preserved.
Recommendation D.6

Increase in usable land

In view of the limited availability of land for human settlements and the need to prevent the continuing loss of valuable natural areas due to erosion, urban encroachment and other causes, efforts to conserve and reclaim for both agriculture and settlements without upsetting the ecological balance are imperative.
THE SUPPLY OF USABLE LAND SHOULD BE MAINTAINED BY ALL APPROPRIATE METHODS INCLUDING SOIL CONSERVATION, CONTROL OF DESERTIFICATION AND SALINATION, PREVENTION OF POLLUTION, AND USE OF LAND CAPABILITY ANALYSIS AND INCREASED BY LONG-TERM PROGRAMMES OF LAND RECLAMATION AND PRESERVATION.
Special attention should be paid to:
Land-fill, especially by using solid wastes in close proximity to human settlements, but without detriment to environment and geological conditions;
Control of soil erosion, e.g. through reforestation, flood control, flood plain management, changes in cultivation patterns and methods, and controls on indiscriminate grazing;
Control and reversal of desertification and salinization, and recuperation of fertile land from contamination by endemic disease;
Reclamation of water-logged areas in a manner that minimizes adverse environmental effects;
Application of new technologies such as those related to flood control, soil conservation and stabilization and irrigation;
Prevention of pollution as well as restoration of derelict or damaged land, control of fire and preservation of the environment from natural and man-made hazards;
Economizing land by fixing appropriate densities in areas where land is scarce or rich in agricultural value;
Proper land capability assessment programmes should be introduced at the local, regional and national levels so that land use allocation will benefit the community: and areas suited to long-term reclamation and preservation will be identified and appropriate action taken;
Incorporation of new land into settlements by provision of infrastructure;
Control of the location of human settlements in hazardous zones and important natural areas;
Expansion of agricultural lands with proper drainage.
Recommendation D.7

Information needs

Effective land use planning and control measures cannot be implemented unless the public and all levels of government have access to adequate information.
COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ON LAND CAPABILITY, CHARACTERISTICS, TENURE, USE AND LEGISLATION SHOULD BE COLLECTED AND CONSTANTLY UP-DATED SO THAT ALL CITIZENS AND LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT CAN BE GUIDED AS TO THE MOST BENEFICIAL LAND USE ALLOCATION AND CONTROL MEASURES.
This implies:
The establishment of a comprehensive information system involving all levels of government; and accessible to the public;
Topographic and cadastral surveys and assessment of land capabilities and current use, and periodic evaluations of the use of the land;
Simplification and updating of procedures for collection, analysis and distribution of relevant information in an accurate and comprehensive manner;
Introduction of new surveying and mapping technologies suitable to the conditions of the countries concerned;
Consolidation and effective use of existing or innovative legislation and instruments to implement land policies;
Development and use of methods for assessing economic, social and environmental impacts from proposed projects in a form useful to the public;
Consideration of land use characteristics including ecological tolerances and optimum utilization of land so as to minimize pollution, conserve energy, and protect and recover resources;
Undertake the necessary studies on precautions that can be taken to safeguard life and property in case of natural disaster.

Agenda 21: PUD Glossary of terms you need to know

In Uncategorized on January 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

GLOSSARY OF TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW

This glossary is by no means a complete listing of the terms that you may encounter in the coming months and years but should be sufficient to arouse your interest in what is happening to the American social structure and how it will effect your life. Terms will also tend to change as people become wise to the true meaning behind them, as “Outcome Based Education” became “Goals 2000”

Bradley County! Please listen up! The PUD development our city and county planners are pushing through your very vulnerable city and county commissions is very real and will regulate every bit of your personal and private lives!

Look at some of the definitions that are associated with agenda 21 supported planned unit development! It’s not what they are telling you! It’s worse! Get involved! Next time you want to plant a tomato in your front yard, the government will tell you when and if you can and how far from the nearest water source you are, then fine you for polluting the water. Think I’m kidding? Stay asleep and watch how fast they bring these ordinances in. It will make your head spin!

Research it, then let’s stop it!

Built Environment: “The built environment encompasses all of the buildings, spaces, and products created or modified by people.”

Carrying Capacity: The optimum demand for system sustainability or the maximum demand a system can support without serious compromise or collapse. (1)

Translation:  Local government will determine how many human resources a specific area will contain. A higher density of people (per square foot) means that local government is efficiently fulfilling the goal of the master plan.

Clustering: A Development design technique that concentrates buildings on a part of the site to allow the remaining land to be used for agriculture, recreation, common open space, and preservation of environmentally sensitive features. (1)
 
Comprehensive Plan: The Plan provides a legally recognized framework for making decisions about land use and other planning and policy decisions. However, it is fundamentally a policy document. “The policies are required by the GMA (Growth Management Act) to be implemented through the use of such regulatory tools as zoning and subdivision ordinances, as well as other innovative techniques. These regulations must be developed and maintained in accordance with the goals and policies of this comprehensive plan.” (2)

“The comprehensive plan, once viewed primarily as an advisory document to the local governmental body, is in many states becoming a legal, binding document as well as a prescription for future development patterns.” (3)

Concurrency: A technique in which the facilities and services necessary to meet the demands of new development are put in place concurrently with the development. Use of this technique is meant to ensure development will locate where services are available within the urban service area. The State of Florida requires that all 457 local governments implement concurrency for water and sewer systems, stormwater management, solid waste collection and disposal, parks and recreation, and transportation. (4)

Core Area: A “Wilderness Area” set aside for animal and plant populations. Human residences are not permitted, although scientific study areas will be allowed.

Translation: Core areas are one element of the “Wildlands Project” that calls for the setting aside of 50% of the land mass of North America as habitat for wild animals. Core areas will exclude human intrusion and be surrounded by “buffer zones” where limited human residences may be permitted. Core areas will be connected by “corridors” so that animal populations in one core area may have unfettered access to animal populations in other core areas. This is a fifty-year plan and it is already finding implementation in state laws. Refer to our web page on THE WILDLANDS PROJECT

Cost Burdened Household : A household that spends 30 percent or more of its income on housing. (5)

 

Cumulative Impact: The total Impact which results from the impact of the individual action under consideration when added to the impacts of the past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions. (6)

Density: The number of families, individuals, dwelling units, or households per unit of land. (6)

Density bonus: Granting a developer additional square footage or additional housing units beyond that authorized in the zoning ordinance in exchange for the provision or preservation of an amenity at the same site or at another location. (7)

 

DEVELOPMENT: An activity which materially alters or affects the existing conditions or use of any land. 7a

Development Fees: Charges imposed by municipalities on developers as part of the effort to provide Affordable Housing (6)

Development Rights: The nature and the extent to which Land, including the air space above and subsurface resources, may be developed under Zoning and other Development Regulations . (8)

Easement: A legal conveyance that sets forth certain restrictions or that grants certain rights on the use and development of property, sometimes referred to as a deed restriction. Easements may be purchased from the property owner or donated by the owner to an agency (for example, state, county and municipal governments, some Environmental Commissions, charitable organizations and private land trusts,etc.).The holder of an easement agrees to perform periodic inspections and to take legal action, if necessary, to ensure that easement provisions are met. Easements run with the land and are generally granted in perpetuity, but may be of limited term. (8)

Economic Development: Linking the term “sustainability” to describe the goal of joining economic development with ecological health.(9)

“One of the objectives of Agenda 21 is to integrate environmental issues to development policies. Considerations were also given to the effects of economic activities on the environment and the effects of environmental degradation and depletion to economic activities. In short, Agenda 21 stresses that economic policies should be held accountable for whatever effects it brings to the environment. The new concept emphasizes the importance of integrating natural resources constraints and environmental effects in measures of economic development. Thus, there is a need for environmental accounting.”

“Environmental Accounting is short for environmental and natural resource accounting (ENRA). It is likewise termed as ‘green accounting,’ ‘resource accounting,’ and ‘integrated economic and environmental accounting'”

“Environmental accounting is a relatively new concept which aims to include in the traditional measurement of economic development the cost of using the environment as inputs to production and as a sink for wastes.”

From the point of view of environmental accounting, land, water, and air are treated as assets that are used in the production of goods and services of a country. Environmental accounting therefore estimates the costs for the use of natural resources and its environmental functions and shows separately actual expenditures for protecting and preventing the decline in the quality of the environment.(10)

Functional Integrity :The ability of a system to continue to operate as a viable whole without excessive outside support. See Carrying Capacity ) (11)

Translation: All human population centers will be totally self supporting – producing all air (planting trees), power, food, etc. and will recycle everything – preventing anything made by man from contaminating beyond the human zone. “…a sustainable community is one which provides all of its own needs for air, water, land (or food and fiber), and energy resources within the confines of its own site.”(13) (Quote is from “A Comprehensive Urban Regenerative Process” submitted to the United Nations Habitat II Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey by the School of Architecture, Washington State University. The plan won one of three gold metals from the United Nations.) Check the web archive for this plan at: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.arch.wsu.edu/information/sustain/home.html

Governance:  “Governance is not government – it is the framework of rules, institutions, and practices that set limits on the behavior of individuals, organizations and companies” (13a)

Green Business: A business, such as Remanufacturing and Demanufacturing, that uses raw materials from renewable sources, including recycled materials, generates minimal emissions through the use of renewable energy resources, and produces products that are either environmentally benign or that mitigate specific environmental problems.(14)

Green Infrastructure: means the natural resources and systems including trees, streams, open space,
and other Land Assets, which form part of the foundation for community development.(14)
Translation: This statement, in a most profound way, references a new world view that will totally alter the structure of society. It is the inclusion of private assets: trees on your property, the creek that runs through it, how much open space the local committees determine you must have. Notice that “Land Assets” is underlined, emphasizing everything that deals with land, is falling into a “system” that must be controlled.
GREEN TRANSPORT PLAN: Plan by businesses or other organizations which define the steps being taken to ensure that specified levels of travel by employees and customers are made by walking, cycling, bus and rail. (14a)

 
          Translation: You will be free to utilize the transportation that government and or 
          business suggest that you use.
 

Greenway: A region wide linear corridor of permanently preserved public and private land linking the state ‘s urban, suburban and rural areas, public recreation areas or environmentally sensitive areas. Parts of greenways are established as scenic and recreational open space, but parts are also set aside for farming, wildlife habitat and other non-recreational uses. Trails often coincide with greenways, but parts of greenways may not permit through public access and not all Trails are part of regional systems. A Greenbelt may function as part of a greenway or vice versa.(14)

Growth management: The use by a community of a range of techniques to determine the amount, direction, rate and type of growth desired and to channel that growth into designated areas.(7)

 

Impact: The effects of an action on particular resources or conditions. It includes Cumulative Impact , Direct Impact and Indirect Impact.(15)

Impact Assessment (Impact Fee): A charge made to the developer based on the perceived negative impact his actions will have affecting the environmental integrity of the property, viewscape, etc.

Impervious Surface: A surface that prevents water from seeping down into soil and subsurface layers.(15)

Translation: Cover one inch of your property and your gray infrastructure goes up and your green infrastructure goes down i.e. You get less credits. You must keep in mind that man’s comfort or even his livelihood must take second place to the green conception of what is best for the earth.

Indirect Impacts: Effects which are caused by the action and are later in time or farther removed in distance, but are still reasonably foreseeable. These may include growth inducing effects and related changes in the pattern of land use, population density or growth rate.(15)

Translation: “Growth inducing effects” could be something as simple as spreading fertilizer on your land. Therefore fertilizing your lawn or crop can become criminal. The fertilizer may wash into a stream, be carried to a river and cause pollution. In essence, it will be necessary for the landowner to examine any action and try to predict any negative impact it might have if he wants to avoid confrontation with the environmental police.

Infill Development: The Development of new housing or other buildings on scattered vacant sites in a built up area.(15)

Inter Basin Transfer: The transfer of water from one watershed to another.(15)

Interjurisdictional Agreement: A contractual or other formal agreement between two or more political jurisdictions that results in a cooperative action or activity.(16)

International Biosphere Reserve: A designation conferred by the United Nations (thus the term international) and the Wildlands Project that recognizes areas on Earth that are to be preserved as natural habitats for plant and animal species and populations.(16)

Large Contiguous Area: When applied to Habitat, means the area of undisturbed land required to maintain a desired community of plants and animals. It assumes a configuration which minimizes the length of the perimeter of the area. When applied to farmland, large contiguous area means the amount of contiguous farmland usually considered necessary to permit normal farm operations to take place on a sustained basis.(16)

Mixed-use Building : A building with two or more uses, such as retail and services on the ground floor and office or residential on upper levels.(17)

Mixed-use Development : An area or tract of land with several different uses such as, but not limited to, residential, office, manufacturing, retail, public, or entertainment, in an integrated, Compact, pedestrian-oriented form. Mixed-use developments generally include Mixed-use Buildings.(17)

Nonconforming:

Amortization: a method of eliminating nonconforming uses* (usually minor structures) by requiring the termination of the nonconforming use after a specified period of time, which is generally based on the rate of economic depreciation of the use or structure. (30)

Nonconforming Activity: an activity that is not permitted under the zoning regulations or does not conform to off-street parking, loading requirements, or performance standards. (30)

Nonconforming Building: any building that does not meet the limitations on building size or location on a lot for its use and district. (30) 

Nonconforming by Dimension: a building, structure, or parcel of land that is not compliant with the dimensional regulations of the zoning code. (30)

Nonconforming Lot: a use or activity which lawfully existed prior to the adoption, revision, or amendment of an ordinance but that fails to conform to the current ordinance. (30)

Nonconforming Use: a use (or structure) that lawfully existed prior to the adoption or amendment of an ordinance but that fails to conform to the standards of the current zoning ordinance. (30)

Nonpoint Source Pollution: Pollution being added to the environment from diffuse sources, such as on-site Wastewater Systems, Stormwater runoff practices, underground storage tanks, overuse of fertilizers and pesticides and litter. It is distinguished from point sources of pollution which come from a single point such as a smoke stack or a pipe that discharges effluent into a stream or other water body.(18)

Official newspaper: A newspaper of general circulation, designated by a government unit for the publication of its official meetings, notices statements of accounts.(19)

Translation: The governments official propaganda publication — hardly distinguishable from most daily newspapers these days. If you want the truth, try the web and look for “property rights” pages.

Performance Standards:  Zoning regulations that permit uses based on a particular set of standards of operation rather than on particular type of use. Performance standards provide specific criteria limiting noise, air pollution, emissions, odors, vibration, dust, dirt, glare, heat, fire hazards, wastes, traffic impacts, and visual impact of a use.  (31)

Translation/example: Cranking your automobile during an unauthorized time period could violate the “emissions performance standards”.  Violating the “emission standard” or one of the other categories could result in a “nonconformance ruling” and condemnation of property and a cease and deceased order .  See “nonconforming” 

Planned unit development: The simplest form of PUD, which may be termed a cluster zoning or density transfer PUD, maintains the overall density of a development, for example, by allowing an increase in the density of the housing in one part of the PUD in return for setting aside open space elsewhere in the development. (page 52); One of the basic premises of the PUD is that planning is best done at the “community” or “neighborhood” level, rather than at the level of the individual lot. This results in applying prevailing density regulations to the project and parcel of land as a whole rather than to each lot and component of the project. In other words, a PUD allows “density zoning” (page 53); Property within a PUD usually is sold by the developer on either a common ownership basis or to individual owners in fee, subject to restrictive covenants on each owner’s use of the land. These ownership forms are frequently mixed within a PUD. The owners are subsequently required to pay collectively for the maintenance of the PUD’s common areas, such as recreational areas and, potentially, roads. A board of directors, which may delegate managing duties to managing agents, supervises land use within an operating PUD. (page 54) (20)

Translation: If the preceding sounds confusing to you, it is. Essentially what is happening is that planned restrictions on individual ownership decisions are being put in place in advance to ensure compliance to sustainable indicators down the road.

 

Planning: “Planning is the term used for a branch of public policy which encompasses various disciplines which seek to order and regulate the use of land in an efficient way and explores several aspects of the built and social environments of counties, municipalities and communities.” (20b)

 

Population Density: The total number of residents per total area of land, excluding water bodies. (21)

Translation: Self explanatory. One should keep in mind that it is a term being widely used in comprehensive planning schemes and its use should send up red flags.

Precautionary Principle (PP): This principle states that if the impacts on the environment from a policy or project are significant or not fully understood, that there should be measures put in place to prevent environmental detriment. In some cases, this may mean that the policy or project should not go ahead. (14a)

Translation: This policy statement is from a local community’s Comprehensive Plan.  Under this policy a local government would have the authority to prevent you from taking an action that may harm the environment – fertilizing your lawn – this action may raise the nutrient level in nearby streams and cause nature to be unbalanced.  All communities will have this authority after globalization is complete.  The PP is Principle 15 from the Earth Summit which President Bush endorsed in 1992 and the United States is currently implementing. (21a)

 

 
Responsibility for Choice: People should pay the fullest identifiable costs of their choices. For the market to work efficiently, the price of anything should reflect its production cost, including land, labor and capital (including the depreciation of natural capital) (22)
Translation: Represents a value added tax system. Every part of the environment — trees, bugs, animals, land, rock, etc. will in the beginning be assigned a dollar value, later this will likely become a numerical credit system. Cutting a limb, harming a bug will reduce the value that your assigned assets contribute to the environment. You therefore must pay a penalty (perhaps reduced credits) or mitigate for harming the ecosystem.

 

Revitalization: The holistic restoration of the physical and social components of a Distressed area. (23)

Scenic Corridor: A publicly accessible Right-of-way and the views of expanses of water, farmland, woodlands, coastal wetlands, or other scenic vistas that can be seen from the right- of-way. (21)

Smart Growth: “Smart growth” describes the application of the sustainable development concept to land use issues. Smart growth means smart management of resources in both growing and declining communities. Smart growth, like sustainable development, is fiscally prudent and environmentally, economically and socially sound while enhancing the choices people have for housing, jobs, recreation and transportation. The long-term needs of people, business and the environment ultimately define what is smart growth and sustainable and what is not. (24)

Translation: Growth that is not regulated, endorsed and approved will not be allowed. The environmental impact will be a controlling factor. “Managed growth” is frequently used in conjunction with or in lieu of “smart growth.”

 

Social Environment: “Sustainable ‘Social’ Environment” “The complex network of real and virtual human interaction … which operates for reasons of tradition, culture, business, pleasure, information exchange, institutional organization, legal procedure, governance, human betterment, social progress and spiritual enlightenment, etc.” (24a)

Special Resource Area: An area or Region with unique characteristics or resources of statewide importance which are essential to the sustained wellbeing and function of its own region and other regions or systems — environmental, economic, and social — and to the quality of life for future generations. (25)

Traffic Calming: means using physical devices to reduce traffic speed and volume while maintaining mobility and access for the purpose of balancing the needs of motorists with those of pedestrians, bicyclists, playing children and other users of “street space.” (26)

Transportation Demand Management: Strategies aimed at reducing the number of vehicle trips, shortening trip lengths, and moving trips from peak hours to hours with excess capacity. These strategies encourage the use of transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling, and walking, and typically focus on the journey-to-work. They also include efforts to provide housing close to jobs to shorten trip lengths. These strategies usually require the joint cooperation of developers, employers, and local governments. (26)

Trip: A single or one-way vehicle movement to or from a property or study area. Trips can be added together to calculate the total number of vehicles expected to enter or leave a specific land use or site over a designated period of time. (26)

Urban Growth Boundary – UGB: “The urban growth boundary (UGB) marks the separation between rural and urban land.” “Land inside the UGB supports urban services such as roads, sewer, water, parks, schools and fire and police protection that create thriving places to live, work and play.” (27) 

THIS TERM IS NO LONGER IN FAVOR – LOOK FOR “UTILITY SERVICE AREA” OR SIMILAR LANGUAGE.

Translation: Because services such as roads, sewer, water, etc. will not be supplied to land on the outside of the UGB it will become worthless, to be bought up at give-away prices by the environmental NGOs (non-governmental organizations) – a taking of ones property made possible through the actions of local government. Property on the inside of the line will become so valuable that only the wealthy elite will be able to afford desirable locations. People will be packed like sardines in a can. “Density” levels will rise to whatever numbers the social planners decide is appropriate.

Viewshed: The land area and its vegetation and structures that can be seen from a point, path or route, such as the viewshed of a Scenic Corridor. (28)

Translation: Any alteration to the your private property, such as building a structure, modifying a structure, or altering the landscape in any manner that is visible from a senic corridor must receive the approval of a “viewshed committee.” “Viewshed committees” are already in existence in many parts of the country.

Wildlife Corridor: Protected land running between areas of Habitat of significant wildlife communities, for the purpose of effectively extending the size of each area. (29)

FOOTNOTES:

1a. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/events/pastmtg/2004/built/

1. Appendices page 319 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” (This appendices is a PDF file and you may have to download it to open it.) http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

2. Grant County, West Virginia. http://www.grantcounty-wa.com/Planning/LongRange/compplan/CHAPTER%201%20INTRODUCTION.htm

3. Brown & Hofmeister Attorneys at Law quoting Texas Statutory Basis Chapter Local Government § 219.005.II. http://www.bhlaw.net/CM/Articles%20Presentations/articles%20presentations5.asp

4. “Preparing an Energy Element for the Comprehensive Plan: A South Carolina Local Government Planning Guide”- Glossary
http://www.state.sc.us/energy/public/planning.htm

5. Appendices page 320 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan”
http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

6. Appendices page 321 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan”
http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

7. Page 181 “Under Construction: Tools and Techniques for Local Planning” Published by the State of Minnesota Room 300 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 5515.
http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us/Report.html?Id=2910

7a “From policy to reality: model ordinances for sustainable development” published by the State of Minnesota page 56.
 http://server.admin.state.mn.us/resource.html?Id=1927

8. Appendices page 322 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan”
http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

9. “Living with the Future in Mind” New Jersey http://www.njfuture.org/HTMLSrc/SSR/SustainableDevelopment.html

10. “THE ECONOMY, THE ENVIRONMENT and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” National Statistical Coordination Board http://www.nscb.gov.ph/peenra/Publications/Pamphlets/Pamphlet%20English%20Version.PDF

11. Appendices page 323 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

12. Page 73 “Under Construction: Tools and Techniques for Local Planning” Published by the State of Minnesota Room 300 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 5515. http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us/Report.html?Id=2910

13. MODELING SUSTAINABLE INDICATORS http://www.arch.wsu.edu/information/sustain/modlsust.htm

13a. United Nations Human Development Report for 1999, page 8 http://www.pogar.org/publications/other/undp/hdr/1999/hdr-e.pdf. Journal of Religious Ethics “MAKING A CASE FOR THE COMMON GOOD IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY” page 160 definition is drawn from the United Nations “Human Development Reports” – http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/1467-9795.00102?cookieSet=1 – see also “Concepts of Governance and Sustainable Development” http://mirror.undp.org/magnet/Docs/!UN98-21.PDF/!RECONCE.PTU/!sec1.pdf

14. Appendices page 324 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

14a. The Clackmannanshire Local Comprehensive Plan http://www.clacksweb.org.uk/property/structureplan/chapter7/15. Appendices page 326 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

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17. Appendices page 328 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

18. Appendices page 330 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

19. Page 182 “Under Construction: Tools and Techniques for Local Planning” Published by the State of Minnesota Room 300 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 5515. http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us/Report.html?Id=2910

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21. Appendices 331 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

21a.  Rio Declaration on Environment and Development http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/Default.asp?ArticleID=1163&DocumentID=78&l=en

21b. Elmore County, Alabama Draft Comprehensive Plan Section I page one. Click here to view the “Plan”.

22. Page 73 “Under Construction: Tools and Techniques for Local Planning” Published by the State of Minnesota Room 300 658 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 5515. http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us/Report.html?Id=2910

23. Appendices 333 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

24. The state of Minnesota http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us/SDI/smart.html

24a. EU 2004 Working Group on Urban Environment Research II – Discussion Overheads http://www.fireox-international.com/sustain/SDIeuWGresearch_DeepStructure.pdf

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What is PUD? Planned Unit Development in Bradley County! Will regulate our socks off!

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM

On the surface and in the local paper it seemed pretty benign. Oh lets see we have county planner Corey Divel announcing that he is going to introduce this little ole program called PUD (panned Unit Development Standards), yawn? Right? Wrong!

This is the only reason I started this news blog site! I am so tired of lazy reporting or should I say one sided, complicit reporting, if that is more fitting! You can just about count on every person in town that wants report something, yet leave the public uninformed intentionally, you can bet it will come from our local press!

I was glancing over the local paper yesterday and noticed the PUD story! At first I glance I lost interest pretty quickly! It was short, precise and perhaps intentional without alot of details! That should gave been my first clue to cue in but I didn’t! I put the paper away thinking I was done with it. The thought of PUD kept racing through my head! What is PUD? Sounds boring and non harmful!

Well, I went to my trusty search engine and put in PUD! Just PUD! I glanced over the PUD-Peptic Ulcer Disease websites and within one minute I was on to them! Like a prized coon dog picking up the scent. In this case, it was the Agenda 21, United Nations, and ICLEI scent! The dirty rascals almost slipped one by me and the uninformed public that they are supposed to be informing, well they went uninformed! After all they do accept payment for these stories, why not the complete truth?

PUD to me is more like a plethora of projects with many tentacles that as they unfold should scare you to death! Again,if we are unknowing when we accept these programs into our community and are clueless when they get here, you can count on Bradley County News to uncover them!

This beast is chocked full of every land, construction, electrical, water, zoning, annexation, eminent domain, lights, sewer, front yard, open space, agriculture, commercial, private and farm regulation you could possibly think of! ICLEI uses it to do what they want! The UN sits back and says aha another secret way to implement Agenda21!

I have started out slow with just a simple definition from Wikipedia and some of the history!

Tune in later to see what I have found! Some of these regulations and plans for Bradley County should make you shake in fear!

Search your self in the meantime! It costs nothing but a few minutes of your time! Read closely and think about the impact of some of those words and then think about the affect it will have on your county and your life!

Can’t wait till I put together the rest of this story! You will be blown away!

A planned unit development (PUD), is both a type of building development as well as a regulatory process. A PUD is a designed grouping of varied and compatible land uses, such as housing, recreation, commercial centers, and industrial parks, all within one contained development or subdivision.

History

The origins of PUDs in the new American communities can be traced to British movements during the 1950’s. The developments in Britain’s new communities dealt with the locations of industrial elements and how they were publicly dictated before building ever began in order to uphold an economic base. However, in America, privately controlled communities often had to attract industry after the residential sectors had been built and occupied.

The newest forms of the planned unit development in America were found shortly after World War II in the Levittowns and Park Forest as whole communities within the limits and orbits of large metropolitan centers. The first zoning evidence of PUD was created by Prince Georges County, Maryland in 1949. It “permit[ed] the development of a large tract of land as a complete neighborhood unit, having a range of dwelling types, the necessary local shopping facilities and off-street parking areas, parks, playgrounds, school sites, and other community facilities,” (Burchell 43). Alexandria, Virginia, in 1952, as an amendment to its city code, provided for a “Community Unit Plan” with the intent to provide for planned community facilities and open space development with new residential building. One of the first modern uses of the actual term planned unit development appeared in San Francisco’s ordinance in 1962.

Definitions

Planned unit development is a means of land regulation which promotes large scale, unified land development by means of mid-range, realistic programs in chase of physically curable, social and economic deficiencies in land and cityscapes. Where appropriate, this development control promotes:

A mixture of both land uses and dwelling types with at least one of the land uses being regional in nature
The clustering of residential land uses providing public and common open space
Increased administrative discretion to a local professional planning staff while setting aside present land use regulations and rigid plat approval processes
The enhancement of the bargaining process between the developer and government municipalities which in turn strengthens the municipality’s site plan review and control over development for potentially increased profits due to land efficiency, multiple land uses, and increased residential densities.
Frequently, PUDs take on a variety of forms ranging from small clusters of houses combined with open spaces to new and developing towns with thousands of residents and various land uses. However, the definition of a PUD does not take into consideration these types of developments unless they fit into a category of size ranging from 100 to 200 acres (40 to 81 ha). In a PUD the property owner owns the land the dwelling sits on. So they say!

Mixtures of land uses

In PUDs, the zoning of districts becomes very different from what was standard under the Standard Zoning Enabling Act. Historically, the districts were very narrow in type and large in area. Within PUDs, zoning becomes much more integrated with multiple land uses and districts being placed on adjacent land parcels.

Residential properties in PUDs are by far the most numerous and occupy the largest land areas. PUDs tend to incorporate single-family residential uses within close proximity to two-family units and multiple-family dwellings to form a larger diversified neighborhood concept. Schools, churches, retirement homes, hospitals, and recreation facilities begin to find their way into residential districts. Residential districts also tend to use the best land in the community and the most favorable sites are protected from commercial and industrial uses.

Grouping shopping districts by service area is a first step in returning to the neighborhood concept. Land is reserved for regional, community, and local shopping clusters with some specific restrictions based on market experience and on what types of business intend to locate at each development. Local shopping districts with sufficient provisions for off-street parking, height restrictions, and traffic control are not frequently found surrounded by residential areas.

Industrial standards now help to reduce the journey for employees to work. Nowadays, there tends to be environmental and performance regulations that cut back on the amount of nuisance to surrounding areas adjacent to industrial districts. With sufficient setbacks, off-street parking, and height regulations, industrial locations adjacent to residential zones are usually looked to as an overall community goal. PUDs do not normally have large numbers of industrial districts, but if so, they tend to be geared more towards light industry.

A planned residential unit development (PRUD) (sometimes planned unit residential development (PURD)) is a variant form of PUD where common areas are owned by the individual homeowners and not a home owners association or other entity. A PRUD is considered the same as a PUD for planning commission purposes and allows for flexibility in zoning and civic planning.

Design principles

Houses and placement of houses

Houses in PUDs often include access to a large shared open space surrounding the house as well as a smaller private yard. These large protected open spaces are created by the layout of the buildings and are intended for use by all residents of the developments. Different housing types (single-family, two-family, multiple-family) are often mixed rather than separated as is done in conventional development

Streets

Street patterns are one of the most important elements in establishing the neighborhood character of a residential community. Most non-PUD development focuses on obtaining maximum frontage for lot sizes and maximum flow of traffic on all streets. However, in order to dispel the monotony of the typical grid plan street pattern, PUDs often employ a hierarchy of street types based on usage. Local streets serve only residences and have a low traffic volume, while collector streets connect local streets to arterials, which are the major routes of travel throughout a PUD.

Sidewalks and pedestrian ways

Sidewalks and pedestrian ways of PUDs supplement and complement street systems in establishing the character of the neighborhood. Sidewalks are located on at least one side of every street to enable the walkability of the developments. Circulation systems are provided to link residential groupings, open space areas, schools, and local shopping areas.

Combining design features

It is in the ability to design each of these components simultaneously that makes PUDs unique and effective. Each of the elements work together to enhance the whole. This a major advantage over traditional zoning practices that force lots to be planned in accordance with broad rules that may allow for some incompatibility.

References:

Burchell, Robert. Planned Unit Development: New Communities American Style. New Jersey: MacCrellish & Quigley, 1972.
New York City Planning Commission. Planned Unit Development. New York: Planning Department, 1968.

Contributing source: Wikipedia

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