'Sustainability Community Plans' , South Carolina style, includes preservation of everything except individual liberty

from Julie Kay Smithson and Wanda Benton

April 12, 2002 -  Richland County, South Carolina, has a problem.  The attempt is being made to implement them under "The Plan," and the website that details it actually has an EYE looking at you!!  This same "Plan" is being applied to many, many communities across America.  Do you think it isn't in your backyard yet?  Do you have a similar issue where you live?

Wanda Benton, great freedom-loving warrior gal in Missouri, is helping to spread word of this abomination to all parts of America.  Thanks, Wanda! Let's help her spread the word so that everyone knows about this criminal attempt to steal freedom!

London, OH

Date:   4/11/02
From:   wlbenton@salemnet.com (Wanda Benton)


DOCUMENTATION. Very lengthy but worth it to stick with it.  This is the complete plan for a sustainable community, (Smart Growth) in Richland County, South Carolina, just as it is written in the HUD document. Some details in my letter below but much more in the document. Just click on the link provided at the bottom of the first page and then click on 'next' on each of the following pages. See in there where they plan to 'preserve' in perpetuity our farmlands, streams and rivers and forests which surround or are near their socialist little commune,  take away our development rights  and place them in a "village receiving area." MUCH MUCH more...please read on and share this with others (whether they want to see it or not...)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Wanda Benton 
To: Salem News 

Donald, I am sending the complete long-range plan for a Sustainable Community in Richland County, South Carolina.  It begins with a seemingly innocent economic development plan, just as the ones we have attended in Salem. If you would take the time to click on the link provided at the end of the
introduction and then click on  "next" at the end of each page and follow through, you will see the plan develop into a totally controlled society surrounded by 'preserved' farmlands, rivers and streams, forests, miles and miles of open space where humans are not allowed to enter.  Please remember, in 'greenspeak' and in all environmental based plans the words 'preserve' or 'preservation' always means taken FROM the people  and in perpetuity, never to be used again by human beings. The following plan comes directly from the United Nations HUD document, which I have sent you several times. It is the plan for sustainable development AKA 'Smart Growth,' developed by the Clinton administration, and currently spreading like wildfire across this country. Please read the front page and the introduction of the HUD Document...they are self-explanatory. The enclosed plan calls for restricting growth in the rural areas of the county, setting growth boundaries, FOREVER PRESERVING THE AREAS OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES, INCLUDING THE WATER SHEDS, RIVERS AND STREAMS AND FORESTS. (section 6.3) Sub-section A: 'Implementation' describes transferring development rights to a so-called "village receiving area" and much more. The plan is very long, but please try to stick with it until you get the total picture of how an unsuspecting citizenry can be taken in by slick facilitators and gullible (or greedy) city fathers and county
commissioners. It is extremely important that we have people educated as to what is transpiring and can keep an eye on any economic development plan, no matter how harmless it appears to be. Seldom is full disclosure even a subject which is brought up regarding this type of meeting...not even by county commissioners. Almost always the civic leaders, elected and appointed officials and other influential people are brought into the plan early in the game, so as to give it unquestioned credibility. Sincerely Wanda Benton


1. INTRODUCTION   The Planning and Urban Design Team began its work after the public's desires and their leaders' goals had been established. We started with the specific mission of creating a vision to guide the Richland County Comprehensive Plan. The vision of the future presented in this report
captures the essential ideas and goals of the stakeholders, while adding expertise in natural resources, land use planning and transportation. Over the course of the next several months, the policies and ordinances of the County will be adjusted to reflect the vision concepts. This effort will ensure that the Vision is implemented in the County's frequent decisions, both major and minor, on growth, development and environmental resources.   

The Richland County Vision is the result of extensive inputs from concerned citizens and civic leaders. In 1998, Richland County stakeholders were given many significant opportunities to influence land use planning. Imagine Richland was designed to educate the public about the importance of land use planning and to elicit the community's vision of the future appearance of the County. It consisted of five components:  

A Summit on Growth with Nationally Recognized Speakers.  A Representative Sampling of Visual Preferences and Views on Growth and Development (by Market Search).  A Short Version of the Image Survey (by Market Search).  A Middle School Student Photography Effort on Likes and Dislikes.  A comprehensive set of stakeholder forums and workshops on what Richland County should be like in the future. The last component, using Stansbury Resolutions By Design's PIBEO approach, built on prior Imagine Richland efforts with a greater depth of discussion throughout the County. PIBEO means "Public Input Before Expert Output." It stresses the importance of combining the talents and knowledge of citizens and consultants in ways that build consensus, not confrontation. PIBEO does not start with consultant assessments of problems or solutions. It does not rely on formal public hearings. It does not operate in a leadership vacuum. Instead, it stresses clear roles, informal but measurable meetings and value-added expertise.   In PIBEO, civic leaders endorse and monitor the process, reviewing results while deferring decisions until recommendations are offered. Stakeholders influence outcomes, by defining their own needs, assessing their priorities and offering possible resolutions. Experts add value by responding to stakeholders while ensuring that the results respect scientific, technical and other factors.  

Richland County Council, along with its public and private partners in Imagine Richland, endorsed this concept of public participation at the outset. It liked the fact that PIBEO starts by talking with a diverse group of stakeholders, living throughout the County. It liked the emphasis on consensus-building through facilitated community workshops and forums. Finally, it liked the fact that the consultant team would add its own expertise after the community had identified its own assessment of the problems, possibilities, priorities and potential ideas

1.1 Acknowledgments 

The Vision Team thanks the following people and organizations that contributed to the direction and content of the Vision for Richland County: 

The stakeholders who contributed countless hours in 19 workshops, forums and a design charrette.  The civic leaders from the county, city, towns, school districts, police forces and non-profit organizations who contributed their desired goals and assessments in two civic leader workshops. 

Imagine Richland Steering Committee and Richland County Planning Commission members, who reviewed and supported the process. 

County Administrator Cary McSwain and Research Analyst Mullen Taylor, who reinforced the process and managed the project. 

County Councilor Kit Smith, Chairperson of Imagine Richland.

The Vision Team consists of: 

James Stansbury, Stansbury Resolutions By Design, Inc. - Project Coordination and Facilitation  Scott Killinger and Angelo Alberto, Killinger? Alberto - Architecture, Planning Preservation 

Timothy Smith, Kise Straw & Kolodner, - Architects, Planners, Historians 

Walter Kulash and Frank Jaskiewicz, Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart - Transportation and Livable Street Design 

William Lucas, Integrated Land Management - Mapping and Natural Features Analysis

GO TO http://www.richlandonline.com/vision/intro.html FOR THE COMPLETE PLAN.

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