For those of you following the “sustainable development” and “urban development” debate — common-sense planning tool or one-world government from the United Nations? — you have two choices today.
There’s this report from The Roanoke Times on Blacksburg Town Council “tweaking” its comprehensive plan.
Or there’s this press release, which showed up in my e-mail box today. I have no idea who it’s from. It’s attributed to a group called the NRV Citizens Coalition, which I’ve not previously heard of. And normally I wouldn’t be a fan of posting what seems to me an “anonymous” press release — there’s not a single name listed as a contact here — but in the spirit of full disclosure, here ’tis, and you can judge for yourself:
Blacksburg Denies Following United Nations Orders
Ignoring repeated protests from property owners, at the August 9th meeting the Blacksburg Town Council approved incorporating eight Urban Development Areas into the master Comprehensive Plan. Although not required to approve the state mandated UDA’s until July 2012, the Council ignored requests to defer the action amid pleas for more public knowledge and debate.
In discussion before voting unanimous approval, Council members assured the public that the Town is not required to follow directives from ICLEI or the United Nations. A member of the International Council for Local Environmental Issues (ICLEI) since 2007, the Council denied any imperative associated with the UN affiliate, themselves taking credit for the adoption of land use plans that involve the controversial designation of “mixed use” areas, with “infill” as a pervading characteristic. The Council also defends their arbitrary decision to join the “Cool Cities” alliance as well as adopt the “Sustainable Blacksburg” initiative.
Outraged that Sustainable Blacksburg members received an email alert to attend the meeting in support of the Council’s pre-determined decision to adopt the ordinance while the stronger showing of property owners had been blatantly denied the opportunity to be on the Agenda to voice their concerns about the effects on property values prior to the vote. The Council also defends their arbitrary decision to join the “Cool Cities” alliance as well as adopt the “Sustainable Blacksburg” initiative, despite the lack of input from residents.
Denied the democratic process and the opportunity to document their case, property owners question the Town Council motto, “Blacksburg is a special place”.