Anyone who reads Chapter 7 of Agenda 21 and then reads his local comprehensive land-use plan will immediately recognize that most of the provisions of the local land-use plan come directly from Agenda 21. More often than not, the elected officials who adopt these plans have never read Agenda 21, and many have never even heard of the U.N. document, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and, Bill Clinton signed Executive Order #12858, creating a Presidential Council on ‘Sustainable Development.’ This effectively pushed the UN plan into America’s large, churning government machine without the need for any review or discussion by Congress or the American people.
The facilitators and professional planners have heard about Agenda 21, but frequently claim that the plan they are working on has nothing to do with the U.N. or Agenda 21. Don’t believe it for one minute.
Gary Lawrence, former director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at the University of Washington, and chief planner for the city of Seattle, told an audience in London:
In the case of the U.S., our local authorities are engaged in planning processes consistent with LA21 [Local Agenda 21], but there is little interest in using the LA21 brand. … So, we call our processes something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.
In community after community, the same scenario is repeated. The federal government, through the EPA or the Department of Commerce or the Department of Interior, offers special grants to communities for the purpose of developing a vision for a greener future and a plan to convert the vision into reality.
Typically, the local government will find a private consultant to “facilitate” the process. The facilitator will identify a local “steering committee,” carefully chosen from people who represent various segments of the community, all of whom are known in advance to be sympathetic to the goals of Agenda 21.
Typically, the advisory group will meet in private to lay out the framework for the process and the goals for the finished product. When this is achieved, public meetings are scheduled to give the appearance of public input and ownership. Rarely are these meetings ever publicized adequately to attract the private-property owners who are most directly affected. Care is taken to see that members of local environmental organizations and social-justice organizations constitute the majority of attendees.
These public meetings are said to be “the visioning process.” The procedures vary slightly from community to community, depending upon the facilitator. Remarkably, however, the “vision” in every community contains essentially the same elements: restricted auto traffic; bike trails; walkable neighborhoods; integrated housing; high-density urban boundary zones; conservation areas; green belts; and much more – directly from Agenda 21.
Once the vision document is complete, the next step is to convert it into a comprehensive land-use plan, adopted by local elected officials in the form of an ordinance” that is enforceable with fines and other penalties.” The plans are necessarily so long and complex that few people ever read them, other than the professional planners and enforcement officials
Many, if not most, of these comprehensive plans incorporate many, if not most, of the codes developed by
the International Codes Council. Here are some of the codes:
International Building Code
International Residential Code
International Fire Code
International Energy Conservation Code
International Private Sewage Disposal Code
International Mechanical Code
International Fuel Gas Code
International Wild land-Urban Interface Code
ICC Performance Code
International Existing Building Code
International Property Maintenance Code
International Zoning Code
International Green Construction Code
Here’s a sample of what to expect. From Chapter 2 of the International Green Construction Code:
CONSERVATION AREA. Land designated by the jurisdiction or by state or federal government, as a result of a community planning process, as appropriate for conservation from development because of the land possessing natural values important to the community including, but not limited to wildlife habitat, forest or other significant vegetation, steep slopes, ground water recharge area, riparian corridor or wetland.
DAYLIGHT SATURATION. The percentage of daytime hours throughout the year when not less than 28 foot-candles (300 lux) of natural light is provided at a height of 30 inches (762 mm) above the floor.??
DEMAND RESPONSE, AUTOMATED (AUTO-DR). Fully Automated Demand Response initiated by a signal from a utility or other appropriate entity, providing fully-automated connectivity to customer energy end-use control strategies.
This is a tiny sample of the rules and regulations buried deep within the innocent-sounding comprehensive land-use plans adopted by unaware local officials to achieve the politically correct label of “sustainable community.”
These plans should be rejected, not simply because they arise from the United Nations, but because they infringe personal freedom and private property rights.
The implementation of these comprehensive land-use plans effectively transfers to government the right to dictate to individuals what kind of materials must be used in constructing their privately owned homes. The Auto-DR provision defined above actually gives government the right to dictate the temperature in your home, and the ability to enforce it.
This is madness! This is sustainable development! This is Agenda 21!
Local tea parties, 9/12 groups and property-rights organizations must learn about Agenda21 and exactly what their local visioning statements and local comprehensive land-use plans contain.
Many groups are forming study committees to analyze their local plans by section and then report back to the entire group. This way, not every individual has to read the entire plan.
If this rush to oblivion is going to be stopped, it is up to private citizens to get informed, get involved and help get into office only those people who truly respect the Constitution and the individual freedom it is supposed to guarantee.
List of Participating Florida Mayors: Agenda 21, Sustainable Development. These Mayors should step up and stop this madness.
Donald Wolfson Atlantic Beach FL Susan Gottlieb Aventura FL Ben Nelson Jr. Bonita Springs FL Eric Feichthaler Cape Coral FL Frank Hibbard Clearwater FL Rebecca Tooley Coconut Creek FL Debby Eisinger Cooper City FL Donald Slesnick, II Coral Gables FL Scott Brook Coral Springs FL Paul Vrooman Cutler Bay FL Robert Anton Dania Beach FL Tom Truex Davie FL Albert Capellini, P.E. Deerfield Beach FL Jeff Perlman Delray Beach FL Juan Carlos Bermudez Doral FL Michael Thomas Edgewater FL John P. “Jack” Seiler Fort Lauderdale FL James Humphrey Fort Myers FL Robert Benton, III Fort Pierce FL Pegeen Hanrahan Gainesville FL Samuel Ferreri Greenacres FL Michael Yakes Gulfport FL
Joy Cooper Hallandale Beach FL Julio Rubaina Hialeah FL Roland Via Holly Hill FL Mara Giulianti Hollywood FL Kenneth Schultz Hypoluxo FL John Peyton Jacksonville FL Robert Vernon Key Biscayne FL Morgan McPherson Key West FL Jeff Clemens Lake Worth FL Ralph Fletcher Lakeland FL Patricia Gerard Largo FL Samuel Brown Lauderdale Lakes FL Richard Kaplan Lauderhill FL Norman Anderson Layton FL Sanna Henderson Leesburg FL Frank Talerico Margate FL Harry Goode, Jr. Melbourne FL Manuel Diaz Miami FL David Dermer Miami Beach FL Shirley Gibson Miami Gardens FL Wayne Slaton Miami Lakes FL Lori Moseley Miramar FL Bill Barnett Naples FL Sally Mackay New Smyrna Beach FL Kevin Burns North Miami FL Raymond Marin North Miami Beach FL Steven Arnst Oakland Park FL Buddy Dyer Orlando FL John Mazziotti Palm Bay FL, Ack McDonald Palm Beach FL Eric Jablin Palm Beach Gardens FL, Thomas Mills Palm Beach Shores FL
Eugene Flinn Palmetto Bay FL Michael Udine Parkland FL Emma Shoaff Pembroke Park FL Frank Ortis Pembroke Pines FL Cindy Lerner Pinecrest Fl Rae Armstrong Plantation FL Lamar Fisher Pompano Beach FL Patricia Christensen Port St. Lucie FL Lou Ann Palmer Sarasota FL Clarence Anthony South Bay FL Horace Feliu South Miami FL Edward George St. Augustine Beach FL Norman Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach FL Steven Feren Sunrise FL Manny Marono Sweetwater FL John Marks Tallahassee FL Beth Flansbaum-Talabisco Tamarac FL Pam Iorio Tampa FL Beverley Billiris Tarpon Springs FL Mary Maloof Treasure Island FL Thomas White Vero Beach FL Lois Frankel West Palm Beach FL Eric Jones, Jr. West Park FL Scott Newton Wilton Manors FL
Arizona Senator Judy Burges LD22 – Speaks Against Agenda 21:
I appear before you to address a United Nations program that is designed to change our way of life, our heritage, and our liberties as outlined and protected by our precious Constitution. I testify before you against the seductive evils contained in United Nations Agenda for the Twenty-first Century, or more easily stated: Agenda-21.”It is the duty of a State Legislator (my sworn duty) to always be not only vigilant but suspicious and jealous guardians of the rights of the citizens against encroachments from the federal government;
“The U. N. Agenda-21 program sounds wonderful on face value – sustainability, social justice, equity for the masses; however, the truth contained within this U.N. program depicts something sinister and dark. The plan calls for government to take control of all land use and not leave any of the decision making in the hands of private property owners. It is assumed by the backers of Agenda-21 that people are not good stewards of their land and the government will do a better job if it is in control. Individual rights are to give way to the needs of the global community as determined by a global governing body – not by local elected representatives like our City Councils, Boards of Supervisors, and even State Legislators.
Another dimension to this U.N. program named the Wild lands Project, spells out how most of the land in our country, our state, is to be set aside for non-humans. Furthermore, this well-orchestrated agenda calls for lowering the standards of living for Americans so people in poorer countries will have more, we will have less, equality will become the new norm, and the redistribution of wealth will be the vehicle by which equality will be achieved. Furthermore, the contents of this U.N. program reveal that in the future people should be rounded up off their own land and relocated to human settlements close to employment centers and transportation hubs.
“It is time to stop the political correctness that has enveloped our society and bluntly expose the evils contained within this program that already has been launched on an unsuspecting public. It is time for Legislators to step up and be the jealous guardians of the rights of Arizona citizens.
“Allow me to share with you some of the outrageous statements by individuals such as David Foreman, Earth First.
“We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for Capitalists and their projects, we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land.”
“Only about 13% of Arizona land is privately owned; 60% already is in the hands of the government, but still this is NOT sufficient to offset the insatiable power grab currently underway by a Global Elite. The outrageous philosophy contained in Agenda-21 will destroy Arizona business, displace Arizona families and control every aspect of our lives as described by Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, of the powerful but not sanctioned governmental body called the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, or (ICLEI). This body of non-elected, non-responsive to citizens is tasked with carrying out the goals of U.N. Agenda-21 at the local level. Mr. Ruvin states: “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.”
Are you ready to give up your private property ??
This my friends is a direct quote from the UN’s Habitat I Conference report.
“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore contributes to social injustice.”
STOP AGENDA 21
JBS CEO Arthur R. Thompson introduces the Stop Agenda 21 action project and shows how the UN’s Local Agenda 21 program may already be in your local community, through your home town or city’s membership in ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.
Agenda 21 seeks for the government to curtail your freedom to travel as you please, own a gas-powered car, live in suburbs or rural areas, and raise a family. Furthermore, it would eliminate your private property rights through eminent domain
. Agenda 21 can be stopped at the local level by organizing and informing others to encourage local government officials to end their community’s membership in ICLEI and to repeal any of the Agenda 21-related “sustainable development” laws and ordinances they have enacted.