Harrison, Arkansas Presentation on Agenda 21, March 12, 2013

 

(Documentation for the first section of this presentation can be found at end of this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Sus%20Dev%20-%20D.%20Burden%20&%20J'boro%20&%20Behind%20the%20Green%20Mask.htm )

 

This is not an exact transcript but is the article I wrote for my presentation and is pretty close to how I said it.

 

Before I begin my actual presentation, I want to give you some good news before presenting all the bad.  The Republican National Committee Passed A Resolution Exposing and Condemning United Nations Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development on January 13, 2012.  This past summer (July, 2012) the same resolution was passed at our Arkansas state convention,  and recently January 13, 2012 our local Craighead County Republican party passed the same resolution at my request. (Link to Arkansas Resolution http://www.arkansasgop.org/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=eadacc83-3f31-44c4-a39a-87ebbba644ca AR link

National link: http://www.wpaag.org/agenda_21__rnc_resolution_opposing%20Agenda%2021.htm ) We plan to do a press release our county resolution and send to all elected officials of Jonesboro and Craighead County and our state senators and representatives.

 

It is a hard-hitting resolution calling Agenda 21:

 

·       Extreme environmentalism, social engineering, global control by the UN;

·       Mentions their policies of Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Regional Visioning Projects, and other Green or Alternative projects,

·       Says Agenda 21's property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership, etc is in danger under Agenda 21 policies,  

·       and labels their techniques as socialist/communist redistribution of wealth.

 

So I am not alone in my concerns and not the only nut.  Alabama has banned Agenda 21 in their entire state. And several other state Republican Committees have passed a similar resolution.  But all that happened after I learned about Agenda 21 through my own research and experience.

 

I don't know how much I can discuss the redistribution of wealth factor tonight.  The transportation and managed land use to move people into higher density areas was what I had researched originally; but when I went straight to the Agenda 21 document and read Jonesboro's comprehensive plan for comparison, I learned that redistribution of wealth within nations and also globally was emphasized as much as climate change or global warming and the restricted use of our cars.

 

I am going to break my presentation into sections tonight and allow five to ten minutes for questions between each session and period of time for questions at end of my presentation.  I have a packet of information to leave with you so if I don't get finished with a section, you will still have the information. So jot down your questions that you want to ask.  If I don't answer all your questions, I will stay after the meeting to do so if you like.  I will also email anyone that wants it a copy of this presentation - just leave your name and email on the sheet we pass around so you won't have to take a lot of notes unless you want to. We will be using the packet of information I am giving you later during my presentation - in the place of an overhead projection presentation. This beginning part is not in the written presentation.

 

About four years ago I learned about the U.N. Agenda 21's Sustainable Development Plan.  The first shocking aspect of that plan was that the liberal environmentalists wanted to do away with our cars to reduce pollution.   I sent out an article on that issue (On The Road to A Carless Society) 1  in June 2009- as soon as I felt the time was right - after hearing Michael Moore's quote on Fox saying, "Cars may have been fun to drive, but they are like a million daggers into the heart of Mother Nature." There was also an article about that time in the AR Democrat Gazette praising the charm of communities without cars.)

 

Liberal John Brummett picked up on that article, and wrote an article entitled "World Without Cars, Amen" 3 saying, that liberals do indeed talk about doing away with our cars believing " cars are destructive to the earth both in what is required to run them and what they emit.  Cars use fossil fuel and emit pollution.   But then Brummett reassured his readers by saying: "But these kinds of things take time. We're currently only in the embryonic stage,"

 

That was in June, 2009.  Fast forward to November 2010, one year later and imagine our shock when in answer to our questions when we were told at a Jonesboro MPO meeting that the Jonesboro MPO is planning for a future where not only our children and grandchildren but we adults in the room (most of us over 60) would be walking and riding bikes rather than driving cars.   That information was in answer to our questions. Three of us attended the meeting after we saw an article in the paper that made us think of what we had learned about Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development.

 

At this meeting, the MPO Director and the Public Transportation Director kept talking about all these bikeways, and I asked, "Are these bike ways for recreation or transportation?"  The MPO Director answered, "For recreation now but transportation later." Then we took turns asking various questions - as to whether what they were discussing had to do with Smart Growth? Answer: yes.  Sustainable Development?  Answer: yes  Agenda 21?  Yes.  We were very surprised that they were being this open since in our Education meetings they tried to hide the truth.  I asked who would be using these bikeways.  They explained that our children were spoiled and we had to transform their habits, etc.  So then I asked, "Are you saying that in the near future, our children and grandchildren will be riding bikes and walking rather than driving.  The transportation director answered and said it would not just be our children and grandchildren walking and riding bikes but we adults in the room as well.

 

We were flabbergasted to think that our own people in Jonesboro, Arkansas were telling us this - we thought maybe in California or other liberal states but not in rural Arkansas. 

 

I do want to point out there is a difference in the unelected city planners and the elected city council's view.  The majority of our city council members are conservative and believe they can keep the bad things out of Jonesboro with their vote, but they knew nothing about Agenda 21. We have had several letters to the editor and guest articles and news stories now on this issue,  and I really believe that several of them know now that our plan is Agenda 21, but they think they are wise enough to know how to vote and that the city planners can't do these things without their vote of approval for anything that cost money. I think they are wrong and am trying to convince them of that.  I have met personally with four of them now and have met with our Mayor four times.  Our mayor has now read Behind the Green Mask: UN Agenda 21 at my request.    He even acknowledged that in a newspaper story.  There is a lot more I could tell you about this but due to time I will move on.

 

As a result of my opposition at the MPO meetings as reported in the Jonesboro Sun, I received an email from a liberal California transit employee with a link to a video by transportation expert Dan Burden and a message designed to convert me to their way of thinking about cars and Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development.  I learned a great deal -  that Dan Burden was so radical that he wanted to turn our cities back a hundred years where people walk rather than drive. 

 

·       *  Dan Burden said that whether a city is working or not depends on how many people you see walking. Video

·       *  If I don't need to rent a car, that would be a good city and your rate will be high. If I do need to rent a car, that rate will be low - a bad city.   Video

·       * Burden actually said there was a  need for codes and regulations that would allow only for small-sized grocery stores that would be located within walking distance.  

 

I want you to remember Dan Burden's name because his writings really tell you where they really intend to go with the Agenda 21 plans in the transportation area.

 

In the meantime I had read an article, quote: the "European Union to ban cars from cities by 2050" 5 in order "to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent...new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto ‘alternative' means of transport."

 

I had also learned during this time that Arkansas Govern Beebe’s Global Warming Commission recommended 54 specific policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (just 39 of the recommendations would cost Arkansas $3.7 BILLION).  Three of those recommendations that received a unanimous vote by all members deal with the reduction of cars – with bicycles and mass transit being used in place of cars. 7

 

My next surprise bordering on shock was seeing so soon a picture of Dan Burden in our state newspaper working in North Little Rock. Under the picture was this caption: "In this photo taken Oct 7, 2011, Dan Burden measures a street intersection in North Little Rock. Instead of making streets wider to accommodate more cars, crews will reduce them from four lanes to two in a project called a ‘road diet.' The goal is to rein in aggressive drivers and make shopping areas friendlier to pedestrians. 6 Dan Burden had said in some of his writing that making streets more narrow would cut down on traffic because motorists would have to drive slower.

 

Then in November, 2011 Dan Burden shows up again in Harrison, Arkansas . The AP article reports: "Instead of making the street wider to accommodate more cars, the crew reduces it from four lanes to two in a project called a "road diet." The goal is to rein in aggressive drivers and make shopping areas friendlier to pedestrians... Dan Burden, who pushes road diets and other transportation ideas to make communities more walkable, says the road diet fits nicely with Harrison's goal of gleaning more revenue from its businesses."

 

Still quoting: But business owners say, "They call it a road diet, which means they're going to cut back on traffic, but I can't imagine any businessman wanting less traffic in front of his business."

 

(We checked out the "road diet" while in Harrison and went in and asked a business owner how it was working out and were told what we knew would be true - that the plan had backfired and there were fewer cars using the "road-diet"  street and instead were going over to the next parallel street to travel through town, and now that other street was becoming congested. The businesses had been told that they would get more business with the "road-diet.")

 

Then just six months later on June 5, 2012, the Jonesboro Sun published a story, entitled "Volunteers to study walking areas downtown." reported that "Spriggs [City Planning Director Otis Spriggs] said the idea for this ‘walk audit' came about during the Vision 2030 planning process, but it coincided with a recent training session offered by the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute founded by Dan Burden and Sarah Bowman in Bryant, Arkansas, that Spriggs and a few other local leaders attended in April." Jonesboro's Vision 2030 Comprehensive plan consisting of 700 pages incorporates many of Dan Burden's principles.

 

The "embryonic"  stage John Brummett said we were in on the push to do away with our cars had moved very rapidly from Michael Moore to California to Arkansas.  And Brummett's quote that Michael Moore was a "lone marginalized author doing a little provocation,"  proved to be laughable.

 

We are going to read several of Dan Burden's quotes since he has been working in Harrison. Let me explain why Dan Burden is so important in this UN Agenda 21 plan.  He is the transportation expert being used across the nation.  If you know the experts' final goal, then you will know where they are really headed.  For example, in 1987  after Bill and Hillary had implemented their first wave of reforms in Arkansas I read an article in that liberal publication Arkansas Times where Hillary Clinton said,  "We're getting to the Starting Gate."  I sat there appalled, thinking what else can they do to us and pondered long and hard what they might be going to do in the future..

 

About three years later I had done my research went back to the article on Hillary getting to the starting gate and realized that it was all in the article all along - if I had just known the philosophy and plans of the experts in the field mentioned in that article. After that I could and did predict ahead of time what they would be doing next. I learned some valuable lessons as I watched how the government took over education, and the government applies  pretty much the same steps in Agenda 21 and in any other areas over which they take control.  Then I read and commented briefly on several )about 1/3 of them) I had handed them out to the audience so they have them and can finish reading them.

 

Quotes by Dan Burden, designer of the "road-diet" street in Harrison

Streets Breed Crime, Litter, And Other Social Problems

1. "Urban areas, no longer relying on walking and bicycling as travel choices, are becoming unfit and unhealthy."

 

2.Quote by Dan Burden: "Both main streets and neighborhood roads serve as  'outdoor living rooms.' Well-constructed streets elicit appropriate behavior, increasing neighborliness, association, belonging, acceptance, pride and play. When roadways become focused for inappropriate motorist volumes or behavior, streets become problems, breeding crime, litter, disrepair of properties and other social problems ... Urban areas, no longer relying on walking and bicycling as travel choices, are becoming unfit and unhealthy." Lecture

 

Following are quotes from a Video, Lecture,  and Article by Dan Burden, the Founder of Walkable Communities, with put the quotes altogether by subject. The information from the Video is mostly notes and not exact quotes but the ones from the Lecture and Article  are exact quotes. After each point of information I have put Video, Lecture or Article so the reader will know where to find the information.  At end of email you can find the links and titles to the articles. (Two of them are still accessible, but I can't find the

 

In addition to being the Founder of Walkable Communities, Dan Burden also worked in  Florida Department of  Transportation (DOT) as the state pedestrian and bicycle coordinator and also on the United Nations Technical Advisory Team to assist China.  Burden's Lecture was  presented to Transportation Research Board, Washington, D. C. in 2001

 

Quotes and information from Dan Burden:

3. " My lecture focuses on the early steps of returning towns and people to sensible, smart growth, sustainable, people-focused transportation and land use practices"  He also discusses livable communities.  Lecture

  

4. Walking has got to become the focus for transportation planning. Video

"Design conflicts 'should be resolved in favor of the non-vehicular users'". Article

 

5. Whether a city is working or not depends on how many people you see walking. Video

If I don't need to rent a car your rate will be high. If I do need to rent a car your rate will be low.   Video

 

Three elements that are most important and crucial for transportation planning: Healthy Planet, Healthy Community, Healthy Economy.   They all center on the same thing - walkability. Video

 

5. Burden said how important turning the clock back 100 years is.  We need to bring down the amount of fuel.  We need to downsize grocery stores so you can get groceries closer to where people live and mentioned other placed that need to be downsized so they would be in walking distance.  Video

 

"Urban areas, no longer relying on walking and bicycling as travel choices, are becoming unfit and unhealthy."  Lecture

             

6. "A key measure of walkability and livability is the number of children walking or bicycling to school."  Lecture  "My second measure of the level of success of a community or neighborhood is the number of pedestrians and bicyclists that are present"  Lecture

 

7.  Following bullet points taken from Burden's 25 principles for healthy neighborhood street design:

 

·                    6. Narrow streets, neck downs, tight curves to reduce vehicle speeds.

·                    8. Narrower intersections with smaller turning radii to reduce vehicle speeds.

·                    10. Tight curves with prominent buildings or other terminating vistas to slow traffic.

·                    11. On-street parking to slow traffic and shield pedestrians.

·                    19. Low curb radii where streets intersect to make turns tight and slow.

·                    22. Remove snow from sidewalks.

·                    25. Design conflicts "should be resolved in favor of the non-vehicular users."

                    

Wide streets, with wide lanes, entice motorists to speed, while narrower streets calm that traffic to safer speeds.  Article

 

Driver behavior.  He said that now the closer driver gets to intersection he/she speeds up in order to get through the light before it changes.  But when you do the above things, your mind is on totally different things.  You are looking at the scenery and this is supposed to slow down the speed of drivers.  Video

 

8. "Towns and portions of towns identified as neighborhoods must be planned and assembled to walking scale. History has proven that distance of a quarter-mile radius forms the near perfect place for people to interact...This scale allows people to reach most primary destinations in five minute walks. It is possible to get completely across the entire area in 10-minutes. "  Lecture

 

9. "Highly successful downtowns and most pleasing settings of all call for 50/50 ratio of street and sidewalk width, including edge treatments."  Lecture

 

10. Sidewalks demand snow removal and occasional resetting of slabs.  Lecture (Federal law now says snow has to be removed from sidewalks and bikeways if any federal money is used to build them.)

 

11.  Oregon, is an oft-touted model of sprawl containment. The city established an "urban growth boundary" in 1980 that protects nearby farmland surrounding the city and tightly limits development in outlying areas. Portland’s approach has not been without controversy.  The mayor of Portland who headed up the transportation reforms in Portland, Neil Goldschmidt, later became the US Secretary of Transportation.  Lecture

  

The streets have too many lanes.  In Pennsylvania they took out 2 lanes and made them into a bike lane and one parking lane for a good solution.  Video

  

12. Towns like Portland, Oregon; Santa Monica, California; Seattle, Kirkland and University Place, Washington are keeping traffic moving while reducing the number of travel lanes. The most common lane reduction is removing two lanes on a multi-lane highway, replacing the two travel lanes, with turn lanes or medians with turning pockets, bike lanes and edge treatments.  Lecture

 

13. Many towns are finding that narrower travel lanes in urban areas can also reduce speeds. Although there is no change in speed when lanes are reduced from 12 feet to 11 feet, a further reduction to 10 feet, and in some cases as little as 9 feet, is showing speed reductions… When remarked, the additional width gained is usually placed in bike lanesThese changes can occur using just paint or with rebuilt roadways.  Lecture

 

14. Communities have the fewest transport problems when most trips are kept to neighborhood scale. Shops, schools, plazas and parks should be located where people live.  Palo Alto, California, for example, does not allow any grocery store to be more than 30,000 square feet. Lecture

  

We need to change building and make them behave properly to make walking more enjoyable.  (He shows pictures of how to make the building face the street and redesign them so they are more attractive and will make people want to walk more. ) Video

 

Cars are happiest when there are few cars around.  Video  12:18

 

15. We have to write the code so that we put all developers on the same equal footing if we are going to get this as a fairly universal practice….We have to have the density." Video

  

There are serious projections that gas will be $10.00 a gallon in a short time.  Video (I have an article that predicts $20.00 a gallon and who says that is a good thing to go back to our grandparents' day.)

  

16. As we plan for walkability, we need to understand the sense of enclosure - low enclosure doesn't give you the sense of enclosure.  We feel a wonderful sense of security when we have the sense of enclosure.  Video

…How watched over do we feel?  Biking should make us feel watched over.

 

He said we needed new language and terms for all of this. Video

 

16.  With these you build a real arty town. Rent will be about $3,000 a month.

   

Once we put in bikeways it will bring down speed of the car drivers by putting in the right size of lane.  It is then  a much higher performance street by putting in the right size lane .

 

Then he tells two or three sob stories. In one he says he received a very rewarding letter. .  The writer of the letter talks about how much he appreciated the owner of a house along a walkway in some city that allowed a man who was very sick to keep his dignity and walk to get his medicine and other needs because now he could stop half way home and rest on the bench and still be able to make the trip.  [If cars were still available he would not have needed the bench.]

 

Questions Mayor asked him at end of presentation.

 Mayor:  How do you propose we do it right.  Answer. 

 Burden: You need more density, plazas, tightness no sprawling out.  Cambridge, Mass is most walkable city in US and has great building density.

 Mayor: How can we increase density and still have our own yards and gardens?

 Burden:  That is a dilemma.  Then he talks about cutting the size of lots etc. etc.

 Mayor Question:  Did you see some successful areas in San Jose.

 Burden:  some streets were way too wide.  You can move all the traffic by changing one lane into bikeway and one street into parking and bring the speed down.

 Mayor Question:  What changes bring the most results?  Answer by Burden:   Re-striping - changing streets by restriping - adding bike lanes and walkways, etc. 

 

17.  Then Burden talked about education and introducing all students to street evaluation, etc.  He has been addressing college groups as well as presentations like he is doing in San Jose.

 

A growing number now want peacefulness where they live and an end to the sprawl they bought into.

 

18.  Burden was selected as one of five people from around the world to serve on a United Nations Technical Advisory Team on bicycling to assist China.  His team was shocked to find that China was trying to solve the bicycle problem (63% of all movement in China).  Burden said, "We tried to correct them, stating that the bicycle was not the problem for China, it was the solution. Our words were to no avail."  [Note you won't be able to convince Americans that bicycles are the solution either.  The only way you will get the public to use the bikeways and walkways for transportation is through coercion,  codes, and force. If they have their way, Americans will be riding bikes and China will have the cars. ] 

 

By keeping block lengths short, as well, traffic speeds are also held in check.

 

For more comfortable walking, and higher volumes of pedestrians in commercial and school districts, sidewalk widths are typically 8-12 feet. Large, successful downtowns demand 20-30 foot widths. Lecture

 

20.  Highly successful downtowns and most pleasing settings of all call for 50/50 ratio of street and sidewalk width, including edge treatments. Lecture

 

Some roadways are purposely narrowed to two-lanes with medians. Multiple-lane roads need advanced stop bars, signing, enhanced crosswalk markings, improved lighting, and some call for mechanized systems.

 

A general reduction in quality of life and property value has resulted from overly high urban traffic speeds.

 

21. Towns like Portland, Oregon; Santa Monica, California; Seattle, Kirkland and University Place, Washington are keeping traffic moving while reducing the number of travel lanes. The most common lane reduction is removing two lanes on a multi-lane highway, replacing the two travel lanes, with turn lanes or medians with turning pockets, bike lanes and edge treatments..

 

[T]ransit-oriented village designs are now under development in most states and are anticipated to be among the most popular places for purchase in the future. Orenco Station in the Portland, Oregon, area was built following Federal Transit Administration approval for a light-rail station in the middle of a cornfield. The new neighborhood is highly walkable and an excellent model of scale, proportion, mixed use, mixed income design. Portland officials know that their greatest opportunity with light rail is not just easing of traffic congestion, but the opportunity to spawn many urban villages  walkable scale.  Lecture

 

"Are educational and enforcement programs effective? More than half of my life has been devoted to bringing changes in motorist, bicyclist and pedestrian behavior. Clearly there are highly effective education and enforcement efforts bringing change. The most continuously effective programs are in places like Seattle, Washington;"

 

22. A set of officers in plain clothes would attempt legal crossings in marked crosswalks. Motorists who failed to yield were issued warnings. This program was done with significant media coverage. The next week motorists were cited. The program had far reaching effects. We have conducted this training in to officers in dozens of police departments. A year later, when conducting a similar course in Reno, Nevada, the officers showed us their pedestrian sting operation. We were alerted that more than 1000 tickets had been written that year. My Note: When they get finished with the education programs, a driver of a car will be as evil as a smoker smoking cigarettes.

 

Video by Dan Burden "Building Livable, Walkable Communities" (The two links where I watched it are no longer good) but you can find a reference to it and pay to watch it at this first link:   http://fora.tv/2008/07/14/Dan_Burden_Building_Livable_Walkable_Communities#./Dan_Burden_on_Educating_City_Planners_and_Engineers?&_suid=136336138039708428669373312256

 

Lecture by Dan Burden presented to Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C. in 2001. Video:  "Building Communities With Transportation" by Dan Burden http://www.walkable.org/assets/downloads/trbpaper.pdf     Link still good as of 3/15/2013

 

Article by Dan Burden "Stop Sprawl"  http://www.sierraclub.org/sprawl/community/design.asp

Link still good as of   3/15/2013

 

Allowed ten minutes for questions and comments at this point.  Had good comments from someone who had lived in California who verified all Dan Burden's ideas were happening there.

 

According to the book Behind the Green Mask " The United Kingdom and much of the United States has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. (p 44)  Limiting the use of cars is the fastest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

As to how Dan Burden wound up in Arkansas, the mayor of North Little Rock holds the highest position a person in the US can hold in UN Agenda 21.  He is president of  ICLEI [international Council of  Local Environmental Initiative – the organization through which Agenda 21 is being implemented at the local level.  A newspaper article recently reported that in June Mayor Hays of North Little Rock went to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the 20th anniversary of UN Agenda 21. 

 

By the way, many of Dan Burden's articles have now been taken off the web and I can't find the video referenced in the quotes without paying for it,  but the other two referenced lecture and article  are both still on line. I am sure his articles started giving him some problems as he moved into more conservative areas.

 

The book, Behind the Green Mask, explains why Jonesboro Vision 2030 plan and the Comprehensive Plan Harrison says they will develop is so significant:

 

The author, Rosa Koire, is a self-avowed liberal and an experienced assessor for eminent domain properties and ran into a personal experience with her own property and began a long journey through lawsuits, etc. to discover where all this government bureaucracy was coming from and what the future plans are. Her employment background helped her tremendously in discovering the truth and living in California experienced the U.N. Agenda 21 Plan in a more advanced stage than in some other areas. She describes and documents in detail many of the same things I have learned about Agenda 21,  and sustainable development, and Smart Growth  but knows much more than I have learned. I would recommend that all of you read it. I have brought about 10 copies tonight. By buying ten copies you can get them for $15.00 and would cost you $20.00 or more for one copy and shipping. This book is also especially significant because it is written by a liberal and  can be used with liberals who think this is a conservative conspiracy theory.

 

As Rosa Koire says in her book:  p. 62. They are “linking housing with transportation funding for the first time in a play-ball-or starve effort.:”  If they don’t cooperate in the land use plan, zoning laws, etc.  for their area they don’t get their 80% funding for transportation. 

 

I read some of the following quotes on the two page handout given to the audience from Behind the Green Mask:  UN Agenda 21 and very briefly commented on a few of them. 

 

Behind The Green Mask, U. N. Agenda 21 by Rosa Koire Copyright 2011 Quotes

(Awareness is the first step in the Resistance p. 8)

 

1.  p. 45 - 46 - A Comprehensive Plan is also called a General Plan, and is generally mandated/required by State law...  [Not mandated in Arkansas yet]  [Note: Jonesboro has a 700-page draft called a Comprehensive Plan.  The "Harrison Core District Strategic Plan states that Harrison is "dedicated to the development of a comprehensive social and economic plan . . .  to enhance the heart of Harrison.”   http://coreofharrison.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/CORE-Strategic-Plan-draft-6_15_2011.pdf  page 1. Cities all over the nation are developing Comprehensive plans called local plans but with the same principles.]

 

2.  p. 66 - If the new vision of your area is different from your current zoning, you'll be told your property is now 'legally non-conforming.'...you're not going to be able to make those improvements or build what you thought you could.  In most municipalities if your building burns down or needs repairs over more than 50% of the total, you won't be able to do the work to restore it as it was.   If  your non-conforming use is discontinued for more than six months you typically will lose the right to reinstate that use.

 

3.  Page 45 – At the 1993 Rio Earth Summit where the Agenda for the 21st Century was introduced, Chairman Maurice Strong said: “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable. 

 

4.  Page 140 - Here’s something you may not have heard of yet:  A proposed one trillion dollar federal program to enable local governments to purchase vacant residential, commercial, and industrial properties from banks and demolish them.  Why?  So that more green space can be created in cities.

 

5. p. 16Bikes. What does that have to do with it?  . . . Bicycle advocacy groups are very powerful now. . .  National groups such as Complete Streets, Thunderhead Alliance, and others, have training programs teaching their members how to pressure for redevelopment and training candidates for office. . . High density urban development without parking for cars is the goal.  They call them ‘Transit Villages.’

 

6.  Pg. 10 - You are ‘selfish’ if you insist on your individual rights and freedoms. This is the justification for UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development.  For the good of the planet.  For everyone’s security.  For your health,  To protect your children. To limit workplace violence.  To stop bullying.  To protect the ‘rights’ of those in the future. [Every excuse in the world is given by advocates of Agenda 21]

 

7.  Page 12 &13  Is that just a coincidence?  That every town and county and state and nation in the world would be changing their land use/planning codes and government policies to align themselves with…what? . . . In a nutshell, the plan calls for governments to take control of all land use and not leave any of the decision making in the hands of private property owners. [You may own the property but the government will tell you what you can do with it.]

 

8.  UN Agenda 21 cites the affluence of Americans as being a major problem which needs to be corrected.  It calls for lowering the standard of living for Americans so that the people in poorer countries will have more; a redistribution of wealth. 

 

9.  Page 14 - UN Agenda 21 policies date back to the 1970’s but it got its real start in 1992 at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro when President Bush signed onto it along with the leaders of 178 other countries. . . The following year President Clinton began to implement it by creating the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD). . .  one of the first tasks of the PCSD was to give a multi-million dollar grant to the American Planning Association to design a legislative guidebook to be used as a blueprint for every city, county, and state in the United States in order to implement UN Agenda 21.  This document [was] called Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook: Model Statutes for Planning and the Management of Chang.

 

10.  Page 14 - A non governmental organization called the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, ICLEI, is tasked with carrying out the goals of UN Agenda 21 locally.  Over 600 cities and counties in the U.S. are members.  The costs are paid by taxpayers. 

 

11.  Page 16 - Redevelopment is a tool used to further the Agenda 21 vision of remaking America’s cities.  With redevelopment, cities have the right to take property by eminent domain—against the will of the property owner, and give it or sell it to a private developer.  By declaring an area or  town ‘blighted’ (and in some cities over 90% of the city area has been declared blighted) the property taxes in that area are diverted away from the General Fund.  This constriction of available funds is impoverishing the cities, forcing them to offer less and less services, and reducing your standard of living….The money gets redirected into the Redevelopment Agency and handed out to favored developers building low income housing and mixed use. . .  you are terrible for wanting your own yard, for wanting privacy, . . . for not moving into a cramped overpriced apartment, downtown where they can use your property taxes for paying off that bond debt.  But it’s not working, and you don’t want to move in there.  So they have to make you.  Read on.

 

12. Page 16 - Human habitation as it is referred to now, is restricted to lands within the Urban Growth Boundaries of the city.  Only certain building designs are permitted.  Rural property is more and more restricted in what uses can be on it. . . There are so many regulations restricting water and land use (there are scenic corridors, inland rural corridors, bay lands corridors, area plans, specific plans, redevelopment plans, huge fees, fines) that farmers are losing their lands altogether.  County roads are not being paved.  The push is for people to get off the land, become more dependent, come into the cities.  To get out of the suburbs and into the cities.  Out of their private homes and into condos.  Out of their private cars and on their bikes.

 

13.  Page 31 Communitarianism is based on a paradigm:  A problem is created.  A solution is proposed.  Struggle between the ‘two sides’ produces an outcome that is a ‘third way’.  This so called Third Way would never have been agreed to except that now it is called a solution to a problem. That didn’t exist. And now the ‘solution’ is the new ‘normal.’

 

14.  p. 63 - 65  Basically it’s a stack-em and pack-em housing model for an enormous UN Agenda 21/ICLEI plan.  Moving you out of your rural and suburban home into a tightly designed, easily monitored apartment or condo with no space for your car and lousy public transportation.  The story you’ll hear is that the only way that people will take public transportation is if they are crowded into downtown areas, and giving up cars is the main way to stop greenhouse gases. … It will never rain or snow no matter where you live, so everyone can ride their bike everywhere. 

 

15. PAGE 67.  MEETINGS ARE ORGANIZED BY TWO REGIONAL GROUPS:  … they will be called something similar, like a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and a Council of Governments (COG). . . They will partner with non-profit groups…

 

16.  p. 68  Two cities in California were sued by the Attorney General when they rolled out their General Plans with no mitigation plan for emissions. “there will be more regional legislation and less local control.  Local government will exist solely to implement regional regulations administratively.

 

17. p. 51 In the new green world, sprawl is evil.  Legislation against suburbs is increasing.  p. 48  Sometimes they’ll be required to build 80 units to the acre, which looks like a four story building with retail space on a city block. Page 71.  Flattery is a big manipulator; appointments to boards and commissions are used to quiet critics and reward obedient collaborators.

 

18.  p. 73. I am pro-choice, anti-war, a feminist, and gay. . . I thought Bush stole the election.  Twice. 

 

19.  Page 146.  I’ve been impressed by the Tea Party movement.  I am frequently invited all over the US to speak to different groups about UN Agenda 21. . . They arrive at my speeches with notepads, and take notes.  They are active, go to government meetings and ask the hard questions.  They are non-violent, law-abiding, inclusive, hard working upstanding American citizens who are alarmed at the changes being implemented all around them.   I have nothing but respect for these people who sacrifice their time, energy, and money to preserve the most fundamental rights we have enjoyed in

 

Allowed for five to ten minutes of discussion at this point:

 

Then I went through some of the quotes on Harrison Core District Strategic Plan that the audience had on a handout I gave them.   I found this 13-page document online and if you know the meaning of the words "what the definition of "is" is, you will see that Harrison is well on the way to implementing Agenda 21.

 

“Harrison Core District Strategic Plan” Is  Agenda 21

Excerpts from the thirteen page document DRAFT REVISION June 15, 2011

http://coreofharrison.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/CORE-Strategic-Plan-draft-6_15_2011.pdf

 

My notes are in brackets and in smaller different font. I added the numbers on the excerpts for reference.

 

1. "This first edition of Harrison’s strategic Plan has been crafted through hours of research, community dialogue and debate is intended to serve as starting point, a call to action and a path of guidance for our community." [Note: Reminder of how Hillary Clinton said in 1988 "We're getting to the starting gate."]

 

2. “In July of 2009…C.O.R.E., defined as the Central Organization for Revitalization and Enhancement was founded and initiated a project based partnership dedicated to the development of a comprehensive social and economic plan and implementation strategy to enhance the heart of Harrison.”

 

[Note: All over the nation these comprehensive vision plans are cropping up, and most of them are called comprehensive plans. They are all called local, but they all have the same principles and ideas. Once you know the buzzwords and main principles, you can take almost any city's plan and plug it into your presentation. I know what the language in Harrison's plan means because I have studied Jonesboro's plan and researched Dan Burden & other experts & government documents. The Kelo eminent domain Supreme Ct. Ruling has been called an important revitalization tool and was lauded by the Am. Planning Assoc. & the National League of Cities.

 

3. " C.O.R.E. is pleased to present this Strategic Plan to the residents and elected officials of Harrison and Boone County. This plan is the result of almost two years of community outreach, meetings, surveys and workshops that were widely publicized and open to everyone."  [They probably got a grant to do this]

 

[Note: These plans are presented to the elected officials - they are not developed by elected officials but by committees.  There is a push to circumvent elected officials in all areas of government. This community outreach is required by the government before you can get some of the federal grants and are basically a farce. They are designed this way in order to make it appear that each plan is local when all the time the grant will control what is done. They basically use the Delphi Technique.  Delphi is used to channel a group of people to accept a point of view that is imposed on them while convincing them that it was their idea.] "

 

4. "To achieve this shared vision, the cooperation and eager engagement of multiple area governments, agencies and organizations will be required."

[Note:  Agenda 21 results in layers of bureaucracy at the local, state & federal lives, as well as , private-public partnerships at the local level (Solyndra was an example of private public partnership at the national level) and partnership with numerous liberal nonprofit organizations.]

 

Below are some of the most important points I found in the section of this document that list ten tracks.

"Track 1: Design Development and Financing

Develop a comprehensive master plan for the Core district and pursue available grants in support of implementation.

 Hire a full-time grant-writer to identify and pursue grant opportunities on behalf of the City of Harrison

 Commission an analysis of available City and County funding mechanisms "

Note:  It is going to be called a comprehensive plan and going to  cost lots of money in grants."

 

"Track 3: Infrastructure -  Enhance walk ability to and within the Core district and provide infrastructure and services that make the Core district attractive to businesses and residents.

 Consider restoring Main Street as a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly roadway with additional sidewalks, reduced number of traffic lights, on-street parking and other traffic-calming “road diet” strategies"

[Note:  Traffic-calming "road diet" strategies come straight from Dan Burden's works and mean narrow streets (as narrow as 9 feet wide,) lower speed limits, and reducing four lanes to two lanes, and streetscape beautification) ]

 Continue the development and enhancement of area walking trails, including along Dry Jordan.

 

"Track 4  Improve the aesthetics and create a unique sense of place within the Core district.

· Create a unified look within the Core district through streetscape design (planting, signage, lighting, banners) and architectural standards (e.g. neon signage, buff brick)" 

 

[Note: Lots of money. When you think of streetscape think of landscape - street beautification . In Jonesboro we have just added  curvy sidewalks that in the project are called  Phillips Drive streetscape.  Curvy sidewalks are called serpentine sidewalks.  Dan Burden talks a lot about making the street pretty so people will want to walk instead of drive - well if you make sidewalks pretty, it will also make people want to walk on them.  For a couple of blocks, in a hotel area (and liquor stores) Jonesboro spent approximately $400,000 dollars on new serpentine (curvy) sidewalks ($300,000 federal grant and approximately $100,000 local money.]

 

"Track 5: Branding and Marketing

Promote the Core district as a clean, “green,” safe place to work, live, shop and play. "

[ Note:  This is called urban design where you work live and shop all in the same area so cars are not needed and you walk - like putting loft apartments over retail stores, etc. and used mixed land use where zoning allows and encourages residential, commercial, and services all in the same area - like small grocery stores where people can walk to buy groceries.]

"Recruit individuals to blog and use other social media to promote the Core"

[Like getting articles printed that tell how fantastic all this is working whether it is true or not like they have done in Jonesboro for the last several years]

 

"Tract 6

· Work with the City of Harrison to secure designation as a “Preserve America” community, or other state/national programs."  (Note:  This would allow them to get another type of grant. These are federal grants mostly for historic building available under Preserve America.)

 

"Track 7: Economic Development

 Foster entrepreneurship through a SCORE chapter, small business resource center/incubator, business coach program, educational efforts, public policy development, venture capital fund, or other means as appropriate"

 

[Note:  SCORE  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the United States.  Nonprofits are an essential part of Agenda 21. Cities are partnering with these nonprofits and actually setting them up and funding them.  $105,000 of Jonesboro city tax dollars have been given to the Downtown Jonesboro nonprofit organization to help them organize and function (through A&P Commission). Nonprofits are named 38 times in one chapter (Chapter 27), of UN Agenda 21 and 22 times in one chapter of Jonesboro Vision 2030. In fact we learned recently that by the city council approving a certain designation that literally every dime of a CDBG grant (one of the most popular grants for revitalization) can go to nonprofit organizations.  Our city planner in Jonesboro attended Dan Burden workshops that were presented as EPA workshops by AARP. These will be all those liberal organizations (remember ACORN) that encourage socialism and complete streets, and redistribution of wealth. Can you imagine any conservative organization being involved in this stuff?  So the government is, and will be, giving money to organizations that will leverage more money from the communities in order to implement UN Agenda 21. I wonder how much government money has gone to ACORN. There are at least 45 National organizations that are supporting Complete Streets.]

 

"Track 8: Housing

Develop a revitalization plan for attainable, adequate housing within the Core district

 Identify and pursue development of suitable spaces above retail locations into lofts and apartments "

[Note: Downtown Jonesboro has already been revitalized and is in the process of becoming  part of the national "Main Street" movement which in their words  "has spurred $49 billion in reinvestment to revitalize downtowns" During the first five years of "revitalization" of downtown Jonesboro,  the actual drop in retail shops went from 25 in 2004 to a mere five by August of 2009 - a loss of 80% of the retail shops in just five short years.  About all that is left are restaurants that attract business through the sale of alcohol (in a dry county) and even several  of them have gone broke.  Former ABC Director was quoted as saying that alcohol permits in restaurants had revitalized downtown Jonesboro.   Now Jonesboro has plans to implement a Revitalization plan for several other areas and to re-revitalize Downtown Jonesboro even though  Jonesboro Vision 2030 study says these downtown revitalizations across the nation have not been successful.]

 

"The C.O.R.E. Hub Committee wishes to . . . provide special recognition to the following individuals and organizations for their valuable contributions to this effort: Dr. Mark Peterson, Professor of Community Development and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service Breakthrough Solutions Program, Little Rock, Arkansas [and then names others, one being Walton Family Foundation &  also the staff of the Durand Center, Harrison, AR."]

"Agenda 21 - Harrison Core Quotes-Harrison Presentation" 

 

End of Harrison C.O.R.E quotes

 

Had about 15 minutes for questions and comments at this point.

 

I had some really good feedback on this section. Bill Ray Lewis gave the figures he had acquired through FOIA for the amount of money given to nonprofits by the Boone County Quorum Court in the last few years as approximately $1.5 million ($1,470,000, including $87,000 this year and $80,000 last year. That is shocking!  I had noted in my presentation that  Nonprofits are an essential part of Agenda 21. Cities are partnering with these nonprofits and actually setting them up and funding them.  $105,000 of Jonesboro city tax dollars have been given to the Downtown Jonesboro nonprofit organization to help them organize and function (through A&P Commission). Nonprofits are named 38 times in one chapter (Chapter 27), of UN Agenda 21 and 22 times in one chapter of Jonesboro Vision 2030. In fact we learned recently that by the city council approving a certain designation that literally every dime of a CDBG grant (one of the most popular grants for revitalization) can go to nonprofit organizations. 

 

Closing Remarks

 

In closing I called attention to the two handouts in the packets I gave them (also included below):  My guest article in the Jonesboro Sun entitled "City's 2030 Vision Mirrors Agenda 21"  and "Comparison of Agenda21 Quotes & Jonesboro Vision 2030."  I then read the quotes that I included as the first page in the packet of material I gave them when I started my presentation and called their attention to things I suggested they could do but did not take time to read them since I wanted to give them time for questions, and I felt the presentation had been about all they could handle in one meeting.  

Quote from UN Agenda 21

 

"C. Promoting sustainable land-use planning and management"

“The objective is to provide…through land use so as to ensure access to land to all households and,…the encouragement of communally and collectively owned and managed land.”

 

That is not only socialism but communism.

 

See quote at this link: http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/a21-07.htm  Objective  28 (pages are not numbered but if you just look for number 28, it will be there and easy to find.

 

 

Quote From Jonesboro Vision 2030

"Promote equitable access for all residents to appropriate housing of their choice regardless of……income or source of income." Jonesboro Vision 2030 Policy 1.3, Chapter 11, page 124

http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/Documents/2030/Chapter%2011%20-%20%20Housing%20Element.pdf 

 

All my concerns with Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Managed Land Use,  and restricting the use of our cars anger and upset me the most because we are not going to give up these things unless they force us to do so.  Agenda 21 is being used to control us and take away our freedom and turn us into a socialist country - the goal of socialism is communism and atheism. People who advocate Agenda 21 principles keep saying we have to give up our cars, and our American way of life because they are unsustainable.  The real truth is that under UN Agenda 21 capitalism and the free market are not sustainable.

 

Awareness Is The First Step In Resistance

 

I called attention to the Things They Could Do on the back side of that sheet but did not take time to read or discuss them. 

 

These are copied on the back of the first page - back of the Communist  Quotes.

Things You Can Do:

1.  Educate, educate, educate - yourself & others

2.  Write letters to the editor whether he prints or not - you will be educating the editor.

3.  Find the names of the people working on your CORE committee and educate them.

4.  Find out if your city council members know about Agenda 21, Smart Growth 5.  Give the book Behind the Green Mask to city council members.

6.  Get the emails from your city council members and begin sending them articles and information on Agenda 21. You can send to all 8 in one email. 7.  Get copies of all grant applications

8.  Get to know your city council members to find out which ones are most conservative, etc.

9.  Watch your paper for all information on city council and Mayor and attend any meetings that deal with bikeways, transportation, etc.

10.  Get on the Agenda and give a five-minute presentation on Agenda 21 to your city council.

11.  Send articles and information to your newspaper reporters and editor.

12.  Awareness is the first step in resistance.

 

The following guest editorial was printed in the Jonesboro Sun, Saturday, January 19, 2013.    These quotes in red were NOT  in the article, but I copy them 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 

 

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. 

 

Debbie Pelley   End of Debbie Pelley's Guest Editorial

 

Comparison of Agenda 21 Quotes & Jonesboro Vision 2030

 

Quotes from Agenda 21in red font:  Quotes from Jonesboro Vision 2030 Draft (their Comprehensive Plan) in Green Font.  These are just a few of the quotes in Agenda 21 and Jonesboro Vision 2030 for comparison.)

 

(For Agenda 21 quotes, see this link and then just click the chapter number even though it is not in blue font    and then follow the numbers. http://habitat.igc.org/agenda21/index.htm  UN Agenda 21 used to be on the United Nations website, but they took it down just about 3 months ago (getting too many people reading it I am sure), but you can still access it at the link above, and I have a paper copy of it.) For Jonesboro Vision 2030 quotes go to this link http://www.jonesboro.org/CPAC/html/Media.html scroll down to bottom right and click on the chapter number given.

 

1." A specific anti-poverty strategy is therefore one of the basic conditions for ensuring sustainable development…. should cover demographic issues, enhanced health care and education, the rights of women, the role of youth and of indigenous people."  Chapter 3.2

 

2. "The eradication of poverty and hunger, greater equity in income distribution and human resource development remain major challenges everywhere. The struggle against poverty is the shared responsibility of all countries." Chapter 3.1

 

3. "Address issues of development, sustainable resource management and poverty eradication simultaneously."  Chapter 3.4

 

4. "Accelerate efforts to promote access to land by the urban and rural poor, including credit schemes for the purchase of land and for building/acquiring or improving safe and healthy shelter and infrastructure services; "   Chapter  7.30 (g)

 

5." All countries should, as appropriate, facilitate access of urban and rural poor to shelter by adopting and utilizing housing and finance schemes and new innovative mechanisms adapted to their circumstances;"   Chapter  7.9 (d)

 

6. Jonesboro Vision 2030 Chapter 11, page 28 (HOU-28) 

"JURHA’s Five-Year Strategic Plan states the following goals:

1. Expand the supply of assisted housing.

2. Improve the quality of assisted housing.

3. Increase assisted housing choices.

5. Promote self-sufficiency and asset development of assisted households.

6. Ensure equal opportunity and affirmatively further fair housing."

 

Nonprofits are mentioned 38 times in just one chapter in Agenda 21 and 22 times in just one chapter (Chapter 11) in Jonesboro's Comprehensive Plan Draft called Jonesboro Vision 2030 

 

7. UN Agenda 21 - "Non-governmental organizations, including those non-profit organizations representing groups addressed in the present section of Agenda 21, …will be of particular importance to the implementation …of… sustainable development, as envisaged throughout Agenda 21. The community of non-governmental organizations, therefore, offers a global network that should be tapped, enabled and strengthened in support of efforts to achieve these common goals."  Chapter 27:3

 

8. "Implementation of the City of Jonesboro Comprehensive Housing and Neighborhood Plan will require a partnership between the City, private sector and nonprofit community along with an energized community in order to be successful." [Isn’t government & private sector partnership fascism?] Chapter 11, page 121 (HOU-121)

 

9. " The limited number of nonprofit partners . . . underscores the need for an organized capacity building program aimed at strengthening and expanding the role of nonprofit organizations in the provision of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization. Chapter 11, page 105 (HOU-105) 

 

10.   “In accordance with national socio-economic development and environment priorities, evaluate and, as appropriate, promote cost-effective policies or programmes, including administrative, social and economic measures, in order to encourage use of transportation modes that minimize adverse impacts on the atmosphere;” [In other words, limit the use of individual cars.] Chapter 9.15 (d)   

 

 11.  “Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to decrease household transportation costs [walking, biking], reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emission, and promote public health.”  Chapter 13, p. 35 (ED-35) 

 

12. "Develop or enhance, as appropriate, mechanisms to integrate transport planning strategies and urban and regional settlement planning strategies, with a view to reducing the environmental impacts of transport;”  [In other words, manage the use of land  (high density areas) so individual cars won’t be needed.]  Chapter 9.15 (e)

 

13. Examples of projects and Initiatives listed in Jonesboro Visions 2030:  [Exact quotes]

 

14. “The City of Jonesboro is committed to adopting a complete streets ordinance…Action TR 12.8.1 reads:  Adopt a complete streets ordinance."  A quote from Complete Streets own website: "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."  Chapter 12, page 47 (TR-47)

 

15. "This Future Land Use Plan is very different from prior plans.  This Future Land Use Plan has a very strong emphasis on urban design…Strip development is avoided by encouraging the creation of a number of "village centers," . . . to be mixed-use nodes/campus style developments, having commercial, office, institutional, and high-density residential uses clustered together in a pedestrian-friendly, village-like manner." [Sounds just like Dan Burden's principles.] Ch. 10(a) page 3 (PDa-3)

 

16. Vision 2030 states:  "Target federal funding toward existing communities - through strategies like transit oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling--to increase community revitalization."  Chapter 13, page 35 (ED-35)"

 

17. "Increasingly people argue that 'if only government would get out of the way' our

communities and businesses would thrive. In reality, however, it is through government

(federal, state and especially local) that key strategies are envisioned, defined and

enacted."  [Jonesboro government knows better than the increasing number of people who oppose big government?] Chapter 13, page 19  (ED-19)

 

18. ***Quote from US Dept. of Transportation: "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 biking are efficient transportation modes for most short trips."  "United States Dept. of Transportation Policy Statement on Bicycle & Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations signed by Ray LaHood, US Secretary of Transportation March 11, 2012. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/overview/policy_accom.cfm

 

For a deeper, detailed article on Agenda 21, see this link for the article I sent to our city council members:  This presentation to Harrison was designed as an introduction to Agenda 21 and to prove our concerns are legitimate.  http://www.wpaag.org/Agenda%2021%20-%20Jonesboro%20Vision%202030%20compared.htm

 

Posted March 15, 2013