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Saturday, October 13, 2012

PLANNING COMMISSIONS, SMART GROWTH AND LAND USE PART 1

By Kelleigh Nelson
September 14, 2012
NewsWithViews.com

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. ... those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. -C. S. Lewis

AuthorBack in the early 90's, I listened to Henry Lamb and Joan Veon on satellite radio telling us about United Nations Agenda 21 and what was coming to America. Now it's here, and it's in every city and county in America.

Some towns have citizenry who are aware and active enough to stall or destroy the efforts of local planners and Smart Growth. Other areas, despite large populations, have few who are willing to protect and fight for their property rights. In Knoxville, TN, few citizens go to city and county commission meetings and/or to local groups or meetings to fight Agenda 21 and Smart Growth.

Our county population is nearly 500,000, yet at the latest county commission meeting, there were less than a dozen knowledgeable people who attended this extremely important meeting. (We'll discuss this in part 2.) Our enemies are winning because of the apathy of our citizenry, and the work load is killing those of us who do all the fighting.

Let me tell you about the area where I've lived for the last 25 years. Midwest flatland doesn't exist in East Tennessee. It is a very hilly, beautiful area surrounded by the Smoky Mountains, lush with forests, lakes, rivers, and hiking trails.

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