PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO: WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW IF YOUR COUNTY HAS SIMILAR LANGUAGE IN THEIR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: Hannity: Feds Deems Land a 'Critical Habitat'for Gopher Frogs - Fox 2013 - Read excerpt below on Natural Resources chapter of Albemarle Comp Plan on 'Protecting Habitats.'
(2) Albemarle Comp Plan: Marxian Social Justice on Parade - Dr. Charles Battig's Presentation to Planning Commission 7-30-13. In an open letter to the Albemarle County Planning Commission (PC), delivered on July 30, Dr. Charles Battig excoriates the commission for institutionalizing Marxist-inspired American Planning Association guidelines through their approval of the local Comprehensive Plan draft revision.
Following his letter is Dr. Battig’s point-by-point analysis of the July 2013, PC-approved draft Comp Plan:
Presentation Albemarle County Planning Commission July 30, 2013
Charles Battig, MD
The County Planning staff follows the party-line of the APA self-proclaimed ideologues on how everyone must live; the enlightened-elite reforming the common folk via legislation......... In this APA Strategic plan there is no mention of public wishes or property rights. Elected officials are to be responsible to APA, not the other way round, and certainly not to the public. The Albemarle planning staff parrots this APA dogma in its Comprehensive Plan draft wish-list, and avoids any consideration of taxpayer cost or cost-effectiveness.
There is an expressed concern with view-sheds and historical artifacts, but not with constitutional views or with the lessons of our history. The Marxian goal of “social justice” forms the underlying objective, based on the referenced 1998 “Sustainability Accords.”
Rural roads are extolled for their scenic and tourist values, rather than as safe and efficient transportation conduits. Read more.........
(3) Albemarle Comprehensive Plan: Excerpt from Natural Resources Chapter on 'Protecting Habitats' - pg. 4.15 - 'Develop an Action Plan to protect significant areas of biological importance in the County.
In order to begin the process of protecting the County’s biological resources, a plan of action is needed. The plan should be developed by the County with the guidance of the Natural Heritage Committee and other experts and volunteers.
Development of the plan should begin with a comprehensive biological inventory to indicate the location of habitats or species in the County. The existing inventory done in 2004 was only a preliminary assess-ment of species, so a comprehensive inventory is still needed.
The next step in planning for biodiversity protection is a landscape-level analysis that incorporates data on the County’s landforms and on the location and quality of habitats, including fragmentation and connectivity, as well as their current level of biodiversity. Aquatic biodiversity should also be addressed through a sub-watershed analysis. The landscape approach focuses on a wide scale (square miles rather than square feet) and on the management of major land features (e.g., forest blocks, watersheds, urbanized areas) to conserve biodiversity. Important landscape features can be prioritized for conservation measures (such as conservation easements) or for restoration efforts. The goal of these analyses would be to identify priority areas for conservation and restoration so that the County’s policies and resources could be used to protect biodiversity in the most effective manner.' Read more..... Link to Proposed Entire 2013 Comprehensive Plan Updates..........
Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Humana, Flee Obamacare Exchanges - CNS News - Major health insurance companies--Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Humana--have decided not to participate in various states in the Obamacare health-insurance exchanges that will be the only place Americans will be able to buy a health insurance plan using the federal subsidies authorized under the Obamacare law.
Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare), every American must buy a health insurance plan that meets minimum government specifications. If a person does not get health insurance through their employer, and is not on Medicaid, they can buy insurance through their home state's insurance exchange (which, depending on the state, will be run by either the state or federal government).
States will also operate exchanges where small businesses can buy health-insurance plans.
Individuals and families making up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level will qualify for a federal subsidy to help them buy their government-mandated insurance--but only if they buy their insurance on the government-run exchange. Read more.......