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Agenda 21: PUD Glossary of terms you need to know

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


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)


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) 


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)


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

5. Appendices page 320 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan”

6. Appendices page 321 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan”

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.

7a “From policy to reality: model ordinances for sustainable development” published by the State of Minnesota page 56.

8. Appendices page 322 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan”

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

16. Appendices page 327 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

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

20. “On Common Ground Realtors and Smart Growth.” “Growth Management Fact Book” http://www.realtor.org/SmartGrowth2.nsf/files/fact_book.pdf/$FILE/fact_book.pdf

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

25. Appendices 334 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

26. Appendices 336 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

27. Portland, Oregon Metro government http://www.metro-region.org/article.cfm?articleid=266

28. Appendices 337 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

29. Appendices 338 “The New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan” http://www.state.nj.us/osp/plan2/p2full/p2contac.htm

30.  Land-Use Lingo: A Glossary of Land-Use Terms for Staff of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource

31. THE CALIFORNIA GENERAL PLAN GLOSSARY http://www.cproundtable.org/cprwww/docs/glossary.html#N


PUD Standards and regulations: The proof is in the PUDding for Bradley Countians

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Corey Divel and company have suggested we implement PUD-Planned Unit Development Standards in Bradley County! I suggest we not do this! This is a very far reaching plan to further restrict your property rights and further regulate you into conformity of the big Green Monsters that enforce the many standards and regulations you will see below!

It was presented in an article recently as just a way to help us out, no big deal, just another program that Bradley County needs to bring us into the 21st Century! Hogwash! It is to make your life, your existence and way of life as restricted and regulated as can be!

Take a look at some of the construction, building codes and electrical regulations that will be placed on you! I have provided the links to a couple of other counties that have had this done to them!

We are quite successful doing our own thing in Bradley County. Why do we need this junk in our lives just to ultimately cost us more money and once again take a little more of our freedom away!

Requirements for Each Measure

Attic Insulation

Existing attic insulation level must be R19 or less to be eligible. Final insulation level must be at least R38. In-progress and final inspections are required.

Wall Insulation

Existing wall insulation level must be R0 to be eligible. A minimum of R11 must be added. An in-progress inspection is required.

Floor Insulation

Existing insulation must be R11 or less to be eligible. Final insulation level is the maximum R-value the joist cavity can accommodate but not less than R19. A final inspection is required.

Windows and Sliding Glass Doors (SGD)

Existing single-pane windows with any type of frame and double-pane windows with metal frames are eligible. Existing windows and sliding glass doors (SGD) must be replaced with new units having a U-rating <= .30, SGD .31. A final inspection is required.

Electronic Thermostats

Electronic line voltage thermostats are eligible. All thermostats in unit must be replaced. Inspection may be required. Invoices or purchase receipts are required.

CFL Lighting Fixtures

ENERGY STAR rated light fixtures are eligible for the incentive. Please refer to the Energy Star website at http://www.energystar.gov for qualifying light fixtures. Receipts are required and inspections are optional.

Duct Insulation and Sealing

If interested in duct insulation and sealing, contact the PUD for eligibility requirements.

Heat Pumps

If interested in heating system upgrades, contact the PUD for eligibility requirements.

Installation and Inspection Requirements

All measures must be installed according to the most current version of Snohomish County PUD’s Installation Standards.

All material and/or equipment that is all or any part of a measure must meet or exceed all jurisdictional code, standards, minimums, maximums and requirements as stated in the appropriate PUD specifications.

On-site inspections are required for some measures (see chart). It is the responsibility of the installer to notify the PUD when the project is ready for an inspection. Once all specification requirements are met, incentives are paid to the installer except for self-installed measures.

More regulation requirements:Electrical

Click to access FacilityConnectionReq.pdf

Oh yeah! Those new electrical meters with the finance plan, what?

Don’t forget those lively smart meter water meters, you know the ones that “conserve” water!

The required power generators! Duh, aren’t those expensive?

Really? The green jobs via the Planet power program and all the federal grants that go with it!

Electric cars, electric transit systems and little green men carrying globes on their backs!

Solar panels,(about 200,000 dollars to solar customize your home) net metering, buy your electricity from a PUD? huh?

And those electric vehicles (EVs) with those home charging stations! What will those cost? Whew!

OMG! Look at these land use regulations in another state! No fencing, no spacing between buildings, the types of vegetation in your yard! Total control of your property!

Click to access ZO22.pdf

Farmers, farming? Replacing those farms with subdivisions? Say it ain’t so!

Click to access %7BD2026F05-B3DB-49C4-B407-775153D89522%7D.PDF

Regional planners considering PUD standards for the county
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor 22 hrs ago | 206 views | 0  | 2  |  | 
Bradley County Regional Planning commissioners discussed the possibility of establishing Planned Unit Development standards in the county.

The purpose of a PUD is to provide flexible land use and design regulations and mixed uses and structures while the County Commission would retain absolute authority.

Planner Corey Divel said the only reason for establishing a PUD district would be for allowing for more flexibility, but he expressed reservation that a PUD could possibly be used to circumvent setback requirements.

The city has approved eight PUD developments, including Home Depot, Cleveland Towne Center and Spring Creek.

Planning Commission Chair Tony Young said the most likely places for a PUD in the county is along the Mouse Creek Corridor where sewer is available, which would make it subject to annexation by the city.

“Whatever is done is going to be very limited,” he said.

Based on the possibility of annexation, commissioners said they should base their standards on the city of Cleveland.

A subdivision that has been around since 2002 might finally be developed after going through plat revisions, bankruptcy and ownership changes.

Planning commissioners granted preliminary approval for Frontage Village on Elijah Way as a townhome subdivision owned by Ted Moss.

The 4.43-acre subdivision was first granted preliminary plat approval as Vista Village in April 2002. The 16-lot subdivision off Frontage Road again received preliminary plat approval in June 2004, subject to staff recommendations of a change in the road name. In February 2005, Bradley County commissioners approved changing the name from Vista Village Drive to Elijah Way. A month later, the subdivision was rezoned from Farm Agriculture Residential to R-2, low density single and multi-family residential.

The subdivision returned to the Planning Commission again in 2009 as a townhome subdivision with 28 units.

Commissioners also gave preliminary and final approval for Hidden Springs subdivision on Old Lower River Road located west of Interstate 75. The 4.77 acre subdivision, owned by Mitch Maloney, is laid out in seven lots for single family residences. The property is zoned FAR.

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.


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.


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


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.


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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