General AND Comprehensive: The Plan

We’ve been receiving your emails and answering some questions. Here’s one:

Our county (city, village, township, province) is making a Comprehensive Plan now. What is that? Is it related to Agenda 21?

Yes. A Comprehensive Plan is also called a General Plan, and is mandated/required by State law. It is a long range plan for the physical development of the jurisdiction. It may be called Your Town 2020 or 2035, or something similar. You get it from your Community Development/Planning Department. The law requires specific contents of the General Plan (transportation, biological resources, community develoment, energy, and our personal favorite; the Socioeconomic Element.

The Socioeconomic Element will generally include: Community participation (Delphi meetings), Public Safety (Community Oriented Policing), Environmental Justice (curbing or eliminating industry), Child Care (child endangerment/family law), Education (indoctrination), Economy (picking winners and losers), Parks and Recreation (bike lanes).

The General Plan/Comprehensive Plan is adopted by your municipality after lots of meetings where the public is invited and those who are ‘team players’ and toadies are identified and honored as ‘community leaders.’ Those who raise objections are also identified. The General Plan will be used to deny property owners the right to use their land as it was previously zoned, and will identify the rights of the community as ‘balancing environmental protection with the needs of present and future residents for housing, jobs, and recreation, and on the need for transportation options to reduce dependence on automobile use.’ (Quote from Marin Countywide Plan, Marin County, California) Note the word “balancing”. That’s a key jargon word for Communitarians. It means that your individual rights are not as important and will be disregarded for the ‘community’s rights.’

This is the idea of planning a sustainable community. It is an ideology that was formed by people with little or no real-world experience in farming, industry, or property development. It forms the framework and justification for many of the restrictive laws and regulations that strangle opportunity for all but the chosen few. It is a land use plan but it extends far beyond the boundaries of the property lines into the life decisions we make. As with everything impacted by Communitarianism, the governing body knows better than the individual how life should be lived. The General Plan is the method, the document, the comprehensive design for living that is imposed upon us. With our input, they assure us. You’ll hear this: ‘This is YOUR plan. We are just responding to what YOU want.’

In this way, Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is implemented and justified for the masses.

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