Wisconsin Bill to Allow Local Opt-out From Smart Growth Planning

Wisconsin Bill to Allow Local Opt-out From Smart Growth Planning

Wisconsin Assembly considering bill to allow opting-out from Agenda 21 Smart Growth planning.

If you oppose Sustainable Development and Smart Growth planning, you'll be interested to know that the Wisconsin Assembly is holding a hearing today regarding AB303, a bill that would allow local government units to opt-out from Smart Growth planning.

A new buzzword is sweeping across America: Agenda 21. Agenda 21 is a comprehensive environmental action plan dealing with "sustainable development" that came out of the United Nations' Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Over the past two decades much of Agenda 21 has been enacted piecemeal at the state and local levels under a variety of names, such as: "Smart Growth Initiatives," "Resilient Cities," "Regional Visioning Projects," "STAR Sustainable Communities," "Green Jobs," and "Green Building Codes."

In 1999 the Wisconsin state legislature implemented Agenda 21-type planning statewide when it passed a comprehensive planning law, also known as "Smart Growth," which requires all local units of government to develop and maintain costly comprehensive Smart Growth plans. These plans are so costly because they are required to include all of the following elements in their plans: Issues and Opportunities, Housing, Transportation, Utilities and Community Facilities, Agricultural, Natural & Cultural Resources, Economic Development, Intergovernmental Cooperation, Land-use, and Implementation elements.

The problem with Agenda 21/Sustainable Development/Smart Growth planning is that it is leading to such undesirable outcomes as: virtual elimination of private ownership, control of family size, cutting the amount of goods and services you buy and use, forcing people to move from rural areas to cities, government price controls, increased government control over businesses, increased gas taxes, and such radical utopian concepts as equal rights for all living and nonliving objects.

If you are a resident of Wisconsin, click here to send a message to Governor Scott Walker, your State Representative, and your State Senator in support of AB 303 to allow local government units to opt-out of the Wisconsin state requirement to develop and maintain Smart Growth plans.

If you are not a resident of Wisconsin, but would like to start a dialog with your state senator and state representative about the status of Agenda 21 and Smart Growth planning in your state, click here.

Click here to go to The John Birch Society's "Choose Freedom — STOP AGENDA 21" action project page where you can learn more about Agenda 21 and what can be done to stop it.

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