One Township withdrew from the Comprehensive Plan - Agenda 21 (Sustainable Development]

(See this link to legislation in different states on this issue)


 One township in Pennsylvania withdrew from their Comprehensive Plan (Comprehensive Plan is the name most often given to plans that include Agenda 21 principles.)  Comprehensive is used 27 times in ICLEI's Agenda 21 Planning Guide.  Note these quotes from article below.   Then see quotes from Agenda 21 below quotes from the article.  


Ron Fouche, chairman of the North Londonderry Township supervisors, said he’s uncomfortable with some “wish-list” type things in the proposed plan, and said it is too complex. Some residents have echoed his concerns that aspects of the proposed plan interfere with individuals’ property rights, and some believe it is bringing Agenda 21 policies to the region.


Gordon Watts, North Londonderry Township manager, said “if the public doesn’t want it why should we do it. And do we need to do it? I’m not sure we do.”


In Palmyra, Borough Manager Roger Powl [promoting this plan] said he never heard of “Agenda 21,” and said it isn’t the focus of the comprehensive plan. “They’re concerned about losing their identity,” Powl said of those opposing the plan. Ideas like bicycle trails, making communities more walkable and reducing reliance on automobiles, and exploring regional police departments have aroused suspicion. “If you can provide a service as expensive as police for less money, why wouldn't you do it?” Powl said.  Harrisburg - The Patriot News, Central Pennsylvania.


In simplest terms, the Guide documents a process for developing action plans to address complex problems inherent in modern urbanized societies. It presents a framework for engaging local authorities with residents and local organizations in the design and provision of services to the community [Note:  This is basically the pattern used for  Comprehensive Plans - sounds so innocent and so local except every city is developing the same kind of plan, the same terms and same principles.]  Taken from the Foreword By Elizabeth Dowdeswell Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


In 1992, the leaders of 179 countries gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Earth Summit to finalize a global action plan for sustainable development, called Agenda 21. In this document, they recognized that because “so many of the problems and solutions being addressed by Agenda 21 have their roots in local activities, the participation and cooperation of local authorities will be a determining factor in fulfilling its objectives.  Taken from the Introduction by Maurice Strong at above link.


When this mandate was set out in 1992, there was little information available on how to proceed...The task of mobilizing and technically supporting Local Agenda 21 planning in these communities has been led by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and national associations of local government. Taken from the Introduction by Maurice Strong


Clearly, sustainable development at the municipal level requires an entirely different approach to the planning and provision of services.  The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, prepared by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), introduces just such an approach—a planning framework for sustainable development at the local level. Taken from the Foreword by  Elizabeth Dowdeswell Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


Just as sustainable development requires private sector corporations to reform their production and management approaches, sustainable development requires that local governments change the ways that their municipal corporations are organized and operated. This reform must ensure that municipal services can be sustained and equitably distributed for future generations.


[Note:  Jonesboro Vision 2030 states:  This Future Land Use Plan is very different from prior plans. The following features make it unique:  This Future Land Use Plan has a very strong emphasis on urban design."  Urban design is -where "people live, work, shop, and play in a pedestrian-friendly, village-like manner."  These principles can be found in almost every document that advocates for Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development."]


What is Sustainable Development? The realities of life on our planet dictate that continued economic development as we know it cannot be sustained. This is so because present-day forms of economic activity are rapidly under-mining two other development processes that are essential for human life and civilization...The compromising of these processes by current economic activities is destroying both the viability of human communities in a growing number of areas of the planet. [Note: If you really study their documents you see that the economic system NOT sustainable is capitalism.]


Sustainable development is a program to change the process of economic development so that it ensures a basic quality of life for all people [This incorporates the basic tenants of socialism - providing to everyone equally without responsibility.]


Sustainable development, therefore, is a program of action for local and global economic reform—a program that has yet to be fully defined. The challenge of this new program is to develop, test, and disseminate ways to change the process of economic development No one fully understands how, or even if, sustainable development can be achieved; however, there is a growing consensus that it must be accomplished at the local level if it is ever to be achieved on a global basis.  1.0  [Note:  In other words it is an experiment being perpetrated on the entire world]


A comprehensive community-based issue analysis process uses both participant assessment and technical assessment methods in parallel to achieve a consensus analysis of key issues. Participant assessment exercises are used to involve local inhabitants and service users at a very basic level. Inhabitants are assisted in defining problems and identifying what services they want most and how the services can be provided sustainably. Special exercises are used to identify indigenous solutions and to apply local know-how to the analysis of problems and the development of solutions. Technical assessment methods are designed and employed to inform the participant assessment process. 


Posted January 31, 2013, by Women Action Group