Friday, June 3, 2011

Albemarle Co. Property Rights-ICLEI-UN Agenda 21 - #2956 - VIDEO: Jefferson Area Tea Party Press Conference, June 2, 2011 (2) Local Activists Call for Public Action on Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives - Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville Tomorrow (3) Tea Party Against Government Mandated Sustainability - NBC29 News (4) TJPDC 1998 Sustainability Accords (5) Charlottesville Region Sustainability Implementation Plan


Video of entire Jefferson Area Tea Party Press Conference, June 2, 2011 - Sustainable Development in our Community, opposition to Livable Communities Plan, (including acceptance of the $999,000 HUD grant), The Cool Counties program and paid membership in ICLEI-International Council for Local Environment Initiatives.  Speakers: Carole Thorpe, Chairwoman, Jefferson Area Tea Party, Dr. Charles Battig, author of  Power Point Presentation, Are U.S. Constitutional Rights "Sustainable,"  John Munchmeyer, President, Jefferson Area Libertarians, and Codie Peters.  For written transcript of this press conference..........


When the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors hold a highly anticipated work session next Wednesday evening on local planning initiatives, two interest groups are hoping to sway the board by showing that public opinion is on their side. The Jefferson Area Tea Party has been beating a steady drum of opposition to what it describes as a United Nations-linked effort to infiltrate local government and erode individual liberties and private property rights. Meanwhile, the newly formed Albemarle Responsible Citizens’ Alliance is seeking public support for environmental stewardship and long-range regional planning efforts. Specifically, the alliance wants the community to sign on to a three-year federal grant allowing joint planning with the city of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. Carole Thorpe, chairwoman of the Jefferson Area Tea Party, said at a press conference Thursday that she supports “a reasonable, responsible, common goal of environmental standards designed to maintain healthy and adequate resources.” Thorpe said that was how she interpreted the term “sustainability.”

“When Sustainability is spelled with a capital ‘S,’ I interpret the definition as a radical political agenda that strives to impose big government-style central planning under the guise of well-intentioned environmentalism,” Thorpe said. “It hijacks the commonly known meaning of ‘sustainability’…and twists it as a deceptive means to an end.” The Tea Party is calling for Albemarle and Charlottesville to reject a $1 million federal grant for the Livable Communities Planning Project, an effort being coordinated by the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. The three-year project would contribute to updates of the city and county comprehensive and transportation plans and make recommendations on how to implement the community’s 1998 Sustainability Accords. Read more........

Tea Party Against Government Mandated Sustainability - NBC 29 News - The use of the word sustainability has the Jefferson Area Tea Party calling foul. They say it has been hijacked to push a radical political agenda and they are calling on Charlottesville and Albemarle County to renounce it.  The tea party says they are all for sustainability and environmentalism as long as it isn't government mandated. But they say that is exactly what is going on in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.  In a press conference Thursday afternoon, tea party leaders said Albemarle County's participation in several groups should end. Those include the Cool Counties Initiative as well as their involvement in ICLEI - an international cooperation of city and county governments.  They also take issue with the county and Charlottesville's acceptance of a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to facilitate better regional planning.  Read more.......

TJPDC 1998 Sustainability Accords - This document sets forth a vision shared by members of the Thomas Jefferson Sustainability Council. Although we represent six distinct localities and a diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, we agree on the need to ensure a sustainable future for this Region. The following principles, goals, and objectives were developed by the Council as a working definition of sustainability. Together with the indicators and benchmarks, they provide a set of tools which local governments, businesses and industries, community groups and individual citizens can use to measure progress toward that ideal. Read entire document......

Charlottesville Region Sustainability Implementation Plan - The Plan: The outcome of this proposed project will be a full regional implementation plan for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Metropolitan Planning Organization area, consisting of the City of Charlottesville and the urbanized area of Albemarle County in Central Virginia. The Charlottesville Region Sustainability Implementation Plan will build on the region’s 1998 Sustainability Accords and other planning documents to integrate strategies for land use, transportation, housing, economic development, air and water quality, and energy use. The project will create six products that will move sustainability in the region from a regional goal to actual implementation:  1. Sustainability Baseline andPerformance Measurement System 2. Common Land Use – Transportation Vision for the Charlottesville/Albemarle Region 3. Integration of Sustainability Strategies into Comprehensive Plans and the Long Range Transportation Plan 4. Code and Ordinance Sustainability Recommendations 5. Plan for Behavior Change Processes 6. Public Engagement.  Read entire document.........

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