In this case it was OneBayArea but in your area it will be called something else, something regional. It's a transportation plan primarily but that's just the excuse for creating a huge master plan based on redevelopment that includes land use restrictions. Basically it's a stack-em and pack-em housing model for an enormous UN Agenda 21/ICLEI plan. Moving you out of your rural and suburban home into a tightly designed, easily monitored apartment or condo with no space for your car and lousy public transportation. The story you'll hear is that the only way that people will take public transportation is if they are crowded into downtown areas, and giving up cars is the main way to stop greenhouse gases. What about electric cars? We're told that driving is anti-social and besides WE NEED EXERCISE! The facilitators, by the way, are complete hypocrites who live in single family homes...just ask them. And they drove to the meeting, too. Greenhouse gases are the green mask.
Regionalism--the intermediate step in globalization, and the method by which laws, rules, and regulations can be standardized so that you can't escape them. The regional push is to restrict future development to redevelopment areas ONLY. Did you get that? If you own land outside of those areas you will not be able to build on it. Now we didn't say 'land outside of the city limits'---no. Land outside of a redevelopment area, outside of a transportation corridor will not be buildable. This is stunning. If your city wants to get a piece of the big funding pie for transportation and planning it has to agree that for the next 25 years the only development will happen within the redevelopment area boundaries. Why are they doing it in redevelopment areas? Because they have the power of eminent domain there and can take your land and give to another private person. The city/county can take the property taxes in that area for the next 30-45 years and use it to pay off bond debt and pay their cronies to develop SmartGrowth. Hear that thunder? It's sellers running to dump their property outside of redevelopment areas and buyers racing to buy within those areas. But quietly, stealthily, because you haven't woken up to it yet.
OK---the meeting. If you've never experienced a Delphi meeting you're in for a shock. Although the facilitators SAY that it's all about hearing your opinion, in fact if you dare to say anything or ask any question that doesn't agree with the steamrollering propaganda machine you'll be shouted down. Yep, supposedly decent Americans from your own community will shout at you like a feral mob and scream that THEY DON'T WANT TO KNOW where the funding for the project came from. THEY DON'T WANT TO KNOW how much the project is costing them. THEY DON'T WANT TO KNOW why the entire plan/project was pre-designed even though it's supposedly being shaped by the public. How much is it costing? $200,000,000,000. THAT'S 200 BILLION DOLLARS JUST IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA.
If you want to keep your community the way it is now it's called 'Business As Usual' and they'll shame you. The choices you are supposed to pick are 'Planned Future' with more and more urban development and more government control. The facilitators go to work on you if you don't want to go along with the program. Punishment, shaming, isolation. The room was packed with elected officials, government employees, non-profit groups, board and committee appointees who made sure that the outcome was the 'right' one.
WHY? Your government/public-private partnership corporate ruler needs you to buy the illusion that you have some say in what happens to you so that you'll BELIEVE THAT YOU LIVE IN A FREE COUNTRY. Funny thing is that you live in a Republic that is run as a Democracy. Mob rule is supposed to be controlled by the legal system but unfortunately the courts are part of it. They don't want you to make trouble for them while they sew up the new totalitarian state.
We suggest that you get a copy of 1984 by George Orwell and read it. It's the blueprint for the 21st century.
Read up. Stand up. Speak out. GO TO THE MEETINGS.
STOP ICLEI. STOP REDEVELOPMENT--THE FUNDING AND EMINENT DOMAIN ARM OF UN AGENDA 21.
Do yourself a favor. Right now, go to a search engine like Google, put in the name of your city and 'Redevelopment.' Get the map of the redevelopment areas in your town. That whole area is diverting its property taxes away from your city services--for 30 to 45 years. And it's going to get worse. Read up, Citizen!