Skip to comments.Senate Bill Marks Next Step in Federal ‘Sustainable Communities’ Plan (right from U.N)
Posted on 08/06/2010 1:37:10 PM PDT by goldendays
Senate Bill Marks Next Step in Federal Sustainable Communities Plan Friday, August 06, 2010 By Matt Cover, Staff Writer
President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (CNSNews.com) A federal neighborhood planning program to provide grants for environmentally sound, sustainable living communities moved one step closer to being funded Tuesday, when the Senate Banking Committee passed the Livable Communities Act on a 12-10 party line vote.
The act would provide money for part of President Barack Obamas Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which seeks to develop a national urban policy agenda to be carried out jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Department of Transportation (DOT).
The act would create grant programs at HUD that seek to foster so-called sustainable communities, very high-density residential and commercial districts connected by public transportation.
The administration has already allocated billions of dollars since June 2009, when the interagency partnership was announced, to various grant programs designed to push local governments to make planning decisions that fall in line with Obamas neighborhood planning goals.
Particularly, the administration has linked funds from the Federal Highway Trust Fund for the purpose of encouraging its favored style of land-use planning. The administration planned to transfer $307 million from the fund--normally used to aid states with highway construction--and earmark it for so-called livable communities grants.
The goals of Obamas community planning initiative were articulated by Obama himself in a January 2010 speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
It's time to throw out old policies that encouraged sprawl and congestion, pollu tion, and ended up isolating our communi ties in the process, Obama said. We need strategies that encourage smart development linked to quality public transportation, that bring our communities together.
The EPA, DOT, and HUD representatives from each agencys sustainable planning office were even more candid in a July 9 blog post on whitehouse.gov.
A part of President Obama's broader urban and metropolitan agenda, the partnership, guided by six livability principles, aims to break down traditional silos and craft federal programs and policies that take a more collaborative and holistic approach to better respond to the needs of communities, the federal planners wrote.
In the past, federal policy inadvertently promoted uncoordinated, dispersed growth that left too many communities disconnected from regional assets and without the proper tools to realize their full potential, they wrote.
Today, many Americans are car-dependent, living far from their workplaces in residential subdivisions that dont have quality public transportation and traditional amenities like corner markets, schools, parks, and medical facilities, they added.
The federal neighborhood planning initiative is designed to coax localities into restricting where people can live, work, and shop into small areas connected by public transportation.
To build and support these sustainable communities, housing, transportation, environmental protection, economic development, and energy policies need to be developed in concert, the three government planners wrote.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) The proposal has come under fire from House Budget Committee Ranking Member Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who awarded the DOT program his Budget Boondoggle Award in June 2010.
Local land use and zoning has always been the responsibility of local and State governments--to coordinate transportation and zoning projects, maximizing economic growth and serving community needs, said Ryan. But the administrations livable communities initiative ignores this jurisdictional boundary by leveraging grant money to gain heavy influence over local planning decisions.
Cities and local communities clearly face major challenges with growth, congestion, and a broad range of other quality-of-life concerns, said Ryan. The Office of Livable Communities reflects Washingtons lack of trust in localities ability to solve their own problems; and instead it imposes an urban-utopian fantasy through an unprecedented intrusion of the Federal Government into the shaping of local communities.
we have been telling you for 50 years a world government
CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEN NOW...NO MORE SPENDING...
CALL YOUR CONGRESSMEN NOW...NO MORE SPENDING...
UN panel: New taxes needed for a climate fund (Tax of airfares to pay for global warming)
Yep....more federal housing that will turn into crack houses and totally destroyed in two years. Probably owned by the Black Panthers.
“It’s time to throw out old policies that encouraged sprawl and congestion, pollu tion, and ended up isolating our communi ties in the process,”
These creeps HATE liberty.
It’s not “federal housing” so much that they want.
The end goal is to have everyone packed into highrise tenements and taking public transportation everywhere,
and if anyone “misbehaves”, the power, heat, water, and food get cut off until everyone is more amenable to the rules of the elite.
The government now telling you where you will live, how you will live, where you can work, what type of car you can drive, how big of a living quarters you can have, etc, etc.
Sounds like the old Soviet Union doesn’t it? That worked out real well for them didn’t it? But at least the government had control over the people.
Now think about FinReg, Fannie and Freddie. How difficult and/or expensive do you think it will be to get a mortgage outside these gov't. planned communities?
Lets see pay rent to company owned apartment, buy supplies from company owned store, transportation provided by company owned car, electric bill paid to company owned utility, all with income provided by the Government owned company.
our FREEDOMMMMM on the line now
Our time is running out. These people must go.
President Barack Obama shoveling it right in your face F-— y—
Will this Congress never end?
our time is up
America is being taking over
Ooh I can’t wait! I can see it now. Benevolent federal apparachiks will be designing Soviet-style apartments and “commercial districts” for the peasants. Our cities can look just like Pyongyang!
Check out the Masdar Project on Youtube... Then you will get a glimpse of the “community” they want us in... NO private property, no cars, just public transit...
This is all paid for by money the government doesn’t have.
Just look at this lovely, "environmentally sound, sustainable living community."
Damned glad I live on acreage out in the country. They'll leave us alone. There's nothing out here they would want.
Meet the Jetsons!
What is there in that scenario for a terrorist not to like?
What legal authority allows this?
Read this thread about the Highway Trust Fund being out of funds.
That’s what’s funding this boondoggle.
This is communism plain and simple. The democrats are now against the American dream of owning a home in the suburbs. Can we expect the GOP leadership to hold the conference together and stop this like they did the Disclose Act?
The Masdar Project reminds me of Logan’s Run. Is it just me?
They want: no cars, no guns, no hunting, no fishing, no internet, no . . . .
Agenda 21...at the UN website. Works ahnd in hand with “Rewilding”, the real reason to introduce dangerous predators to the thickets near you...
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