The following guest editorial was printed in the Jonesboro Sun, Saturday, January 19, 2013.    This quote was NOT  in the article, but I copy it here to give credence to my concerns. (Quotes from US Dept of Transportation website: "Removing snow from sidewalks and shared-use paths: Current maintenance provisions require pedestrian facilities built with Federal funds to be maintained in the same manner as other roadway assets" and "Walking and bicycling are efficient transportation modes for most short trips,"   and "The Secretary has the authority to withhold approval for projects that would negatively impact pedestrians and bicyclists under certain circumstances. See footnote 7.  This article below,  along with documentation,  is found at this link:  http://www.wpaag.org/Agenda%2021%20-%20Guest%20Editorial%20J'boro%20Hearing%20Comments.htm  See end of this article for link to article using these quotes:

 

City's Vision 2030 mirrors Agenda 21

 

By Debbie Pelley

Guest columnist

 

I have many concerns about the Jonesboro Vision 2030 Comprehensive Plan, not as yet approved by the city council.  Below are the comments I made at the first hearing in the five minutes allotted - comments I believe will interest the public.

 

Vision 2030 says it should "reflect the community's priorities for improving the transportation system," a principle reiterated in several places in 2030. (1)

 

In no way do I believe community priorities would include, for example, relieving traffic congestion by walking, riding bikes, or using public transit.  2030 reads: "Reducing congestion can be achieved through a variety of approaches including ...developing alternate modes of transportation," - walkways, bikeways, and public transit.  (2)

 

Almost everyone believes these bikeways/walkways are simply for recreation, not transportation.  A more  appropriate 2030 survey question than those I have seen on the web would be, "How many of you,  in order to relieve traffic congestion in Jonesboro,  want to take a bus, ride a bike, or walk to your destinations instead of driving your car?  

 

And how many people would have voted for the public transit system JETS had they known taxpayers would be subsidizing every ticket by $18.00 or more.  (3)

 

Following are quotes from Vision 2030 that indicate walkways and bikeways will be for transportation, not recreation:

 

"For sidewalks to enhance pedestrian mobility they must be connected to one another in a continuous fashion … to points of interest; and … to other modes in the transportation system, such as transit. Otherwise, "they do little to improve mobility." (4)

 

"Adopt a complete streets ordinance." Complete streets have lanes for cars, bikes, walkways, and mass transit stops.  A quote from Complete Streets website says: "Complete Streets fight climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil by providing transportation choices and allowing people to leave the car at home."  (5) & (6)

 

There are many more such quotes In Vision 2030, but space does not allow their inclusion here.

 

Smart Growth, that city planners talk so much about, actually coined the term Complete Streets.   Smart Growth Network was created by EPA, and EPA also gives awards for exceptional Smart Growth developments.   Why voluntarily implement EPA regulations when we already have far too many mandatory EPA regulations?  (7)

 

"Segregation of land uses" is also listed negatively in 2030 - as a limiting factor in relieving congestion.  Segregated land use is basically what we have known in Jonesboro - zoning commercial property, services, etc. in one area, single housing in one area, and apartment buildings in another.  (8)

 

Mixed land use, on the other hand, involves zoning that puts office, commercial, multi-family housing, residences, services, etc. all in one area so people will walk or bike to their destination rather than drive. Mixed land use (a major component of Vision 2030) would allow apartment buildings or a grocery store, or a car wash, or whatever to be built next to a residence.  

 

Vision 2030 says, "The Future Land Use Plan encourages the development of mixed use areas … which have the potential to reduce traffic congestion on major roadways by internalizing trips and enabling walking and biking for short trips."  (9)

 

Vision 2030 also promotes, "Mixed-use development projects combining housing, services, and work opportunities."  That means putting housing, grocery stores, residences and employment all in the same area. (10)

 

In 2010 I read the works of radical environmentalist Dan Burden and his plans to take our cities back 100 years where people walk instead of drive.  Later I learned that our city planning director had attended Dan Burden's training.  Many of Dan Burden's principles are scattered throughout Vision 2030.

 

A quote from an Agenda 21 document reads: "Over the next twenty years, transportation is expected to be the major driving force behind a growing world demand for energy…Current patterns of transportation with their dominant patterns of energy use are not sustainable …  There is a need for … the integration of land-use and urban, peri-urban and rural transport planning."  These terms are used throughout Vision 2030. (11)

 

Vision 2030 plans are coming from Agenda 21, radical environmentalists, and special interests, not the community. Liberal journalist John Brummett wrote an article saying liberals do indeed discuss a "carless society" when they get together, saying, "They think cars are destructive to the earth both in what is required to run them and in what they emit." (12)

 

Vision 2030 and Agenda 21 advocates use every excuse for their plans, claiming that older people need alternate transportation. I know hundreds of senior citizens, but personally I don't know even one that can't drive but can still ride a bike, walk, or use public transit.   However, I know numerous ones who can drive but can't use alternate transportation.

 

My siblings and I took care of my parents for ten years before their death.  Both could drive far longer than they could walk or use transit. Because we could drive a car, my parents were able to live in their home and go many places until the last few months of their lives. However, it was hard during those later years even to get them from the house to the car and from the car into the doctor's office.  The other choice for them would have been the nursing home - for ten years, at an exorbitant cost to the state. 

 

Senior citizens have no need for high density mixed use areas where we have to walk to catch a bus, walk to our destination, walk to do our business, and then walk home when we get off the bus.  What we need to be independent is just what we have:  our cars and a handicap sticker.  

 

And we don't need the United Nations, EPA, and radical environmentalists telling us how to run our cities. 

 

A headline in a UK article reads, "European Union to Ban Cars from Cities by 2050" - in order to cut CO2 emissions. There will have to be a great many restrictions on driving long before 2050 in order to ban cars by that date. Vision 2030 and other similar plans across the nation contain the beginning actions to do just that in the US. (13)

 

Debbie Pelley

2209 Indian Trails Street

Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401

980-935-9438 or 870-919-1057

 

Documentation - Most of the quotes are found in one chapter.  If you go to the link and use edit and find and type in the page number like TR-42 it will go right to that page. They just use TR in front of the page number which stands for Transportation.

 

1. Quote: "reflect the community's priorities for improving the transportation system," page TR- 42 of Chapter 12, lst paragraph & TR 12.3 http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf

 

2. Quote: "Reducing congestion can be achieved through a variety of approaches including ...developing alternate modes of transportation, Ch. 12, page TR-38, in paragraph below bullet points.  http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf

3.  Jonesboro Sun Story, "Taxpayers foot $18.27 a ride on JETS buses," by Karin Hill March 21, 2012 (I think this is the correct date and headline). "In the broadest sense, the overall JETS expenses in 2011 divided by the total number of riders was $18.27 per passenger, although no transit official would use that figure."

4. Quote "For sidewalks to enhance pedestrian mobility they must be connected to one another in a continuous fashion; … to points of interest; and … to other modes in the transportation system, such as transit. Otherwise, "they do little to improve mobility."  Ch. 12, page TR-47, bottom left. http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf

 

5.  Complete streets quote, "Adopt a complete Streets ordinance." Ch. 12 in Vision 2030 page TR-47.  "Action TR 12.8.1  http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf

 

6.  Quote: Complete Street allowing people to leave the car at home." www.completestreets.org/webdocs/federal/cs-2009-leavebehind.pdf  on right hand side close to bottom of the article next to a picture of a complete street. Looks very expensive.

 

7.  (a).  Smart Growth Communications Director coined the name for Complete Streets in 2003, and  "The National  Complete Streets Coalition was founded in 2005 by a coalition of advocacy and trade groups, including AARP, the American Planning Association,"  and EPA awards given to Smart Growth etc.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complete_streets    (b).   "EPA joined with several non-profit and government organizations to form the Smart Growth Network (SGN)…to boost the economy, protect the environment, and enhance community vitality." See 2nd paragraph under History http://www.smartgrowth.org/network.php#partners  - lst paragraph   (c).  "EPA created  the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in 2002 to recognize exceptional approaches to development that respect the environment… and provide new opportunities for disadvantaged communities."  http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards/sg_awards_publication_2012.htm#about_award  lst headline and bullet points under it

 

8.  Segregation of land uses" is also listed negatively in 2030 -  as a limiting factor in relieving congestion.  Ch. 12, page TR-38 & TR-39.   See bottom of page under Mobility and bullet points page 39. (Seehttp://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf

 

9. Quote:  The Future Land Use Plan encourages the development of mixed use areas … which have the potential to reduce traffic congestion on major roadways by internalizing trips and enabling walking and biking for short trips."  Ch. 12, page TR-25 See lst paragraph http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2012%20Transportation%20Element.pdf

 

10.   Vision 2030 also promotes, "Mixed-use development projects combining housing, services, and work opportunities."  Ch. 13, page ED-36  - Third bullet point about middle of the page under Example Projects and Initiatives

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2013%20Economic%20Development.pdf 

 

11.  Agenda Quote: # 47 of the "Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21, Sept 19, 1997, at this link: http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/spec/aress19-2.htm  look for number 47 and 47 (b)

 

12.  John Brummett's article on "World Without Cars, Amen"  The following original link no longer works.

http://arkansasnews.com/2009/06/06/world-without-cars-amen/  Some quotes from the article. "[Michael] Moore’s essay came down to this: Let’s use all these car plants to build high-speed rail cars. …For those still driving gasoline-powered automobiles, tax them $2 a gallon to try to get them to quit and to help pay for the rail project. Let me be candid: I know some liberals very well and these expressions of Michael Moore reflect exactly how they talk among themselves. They believe government policy can compel better and more responsible human behavior and force us, if that’s what it takes, to operate more co-operatively and efficiently. They think cars are destructive to the earth both in what is required to run them and in what they emit." You can find references to this article at this link:  http://arkansaswatch.blogspot.com/2009/06/brummett-says-amen-to-world-without.html

 

13." EU to ban cars from cities by 2050"  See headline and first paragraph  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/8411336/EU-to-ban-cars-from-cities-by-2050.html  Link still good.

 

 

 Posted January 22, 2013 by Women Action Group wpaagorg@gmail.com