Skip to comments.Nacogdoches County will fight TTC as new member of regional planning commission
Posted on 05/01/2008 5:34:51 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
County commissioners reaffirmed their stance against the Trans-Texas Corridor, and they took another step toward keeping county government transparent when they met Tuesday.
First up on the court's agenda, commissioners heard a presentation by Connie Fogle on behalf of the newly formed Pineywoods Sub-Regional Planning Commission.
According to Fogle, the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 391, requires state agencies to coordinate with local commissions to "ensure effective and orderly implementation of state programs at the regional level."
"Critical in the code is the word 'coordinate,'" she said. "This does not mean the commission has to cooperate. The intent is to put Sub-Regional Planning Commissions on equal-footing with state agencies."
The Pineywoods commission is against the TTC, but supports expansion of U.S. Hwy. 59 to Interstate status.
There are now four Sub-Regional Planning Commissions in Texas, but the law that allows the groups to exist and operate has been in existence for more than 10 years.
"It's really amazing that it's a forgotten law," Fogle said to the commissioners. "We are inviting you to join us.
"You have to realize that our governor, Rick Perry, is determined, although I don't quite understand his reasoning at this point, to push this transportation system down our throats without giving us a say-so in this," she added. "Now, they will have to come and sit across the table from us and address our concerns that's the whole purpose of the commission."
When Fogle asked the commissioners if they had any questions, Precinct 2 Commissioner Reggie Cotton asked about the Texas Department of Transportation's handling of the project.
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Trans-Texas Corridor PING!
What’s Perry gonna do? Send in the National Guard or BATF to run people off their land? That would be a big mistake.
Might have a surprise a waitin.
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