Kathleen Marquardt and Tommy Helms
July 30, 2013
How your local officials are using stealth to put Agenda 21 and ICLEI into every city, town and county in America.
A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States. De-development means bringing our economic system into line with the realities of ecology and the world resource situation. —Paul Ehrlich, Professor of Population Studies
In our previous article, How your local officials are using stealth to implement Agenda 21 & ICLEI, we showed how Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and former mayor and now Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam are embedding Agenda 21 into Knoxville and the state while pretending they never heard of Agenda 21. From that article you might not have realized the depth of their duplicity or the full extent of the embedding of Agenda 21. Here we will show that there is no wiggle room on the issue, they are both proponents, and implementers, of the globalist plan to surreptitiously land and our liberty.
A Metropulse article, “Mayor Rogero interviewed by Smart Growth America,” says:
“Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, a member of the Advisory Board of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council, says the city has focused on “strong, safe neighborhoods; living green and working green; an energized downtown and job creation and retention” during her time in office. The approach is bringing new businesses and residents to downtown Knoxville.”
So Rogero is not just pro-Smart Growth, she is on the Advisory Board of the Local Leaders Council and she did not get there overnight; she had to have known and understood what Smart Growth was for some years.
As shown in Agenda 21, the end of Western Civilization, pt.2, Smart Growth is part of Agenda 21; it is what is going to happen in the cities as the Wildlands Project is what is to be done in the rural areas of our country. If Rogero is on the Advisory Board of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council, you can be sure she could write a book on Agenda 21 yet she claims she had to look the term up not too long ago. And an ill-informed public believed her coy disclaimer. Shame on them.
In the Knoxville-Knox County General Plan 2033, we find: Sustainable development is a pattern of resource use that aims to meet our needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for our future generations. It is a key principle underlying our comprehensive plan: The Knoxville–Knox County General Plan 2033. This description is the same description used in The Brundtland Report, Agenda 21 Sustainable Development and most of the other documents coming out of the UN dealing with Agenda 21, and here it is “a key principle underlying Knoxville’s comprehensive plan yet those who are in charge of the plan -- along with the mayor and former mayor -- “know nothing about that.” If you believe this, you deserve what you get.
The Metropolitan Planning Commissioner
Then there is the Knoxville Sustainable Development Incentives Program described In a 2009 article in Knoxnews titled Planning chairman forms Development team: Upon the initiative of MPC chairman Trey Benefield, a Sustainable Development Working Group was assembled to explore the development of a program to encourage sustainable development by providing incentives in the City and County Zoning Ordinances. In December, Benefield formed a group to address sustainable development - which results in less commuting, preserves natural terrain and streams and makes use of infill development and redevelopment sites rather than consuming more pristine land. (If you read PlanET, ICLEI, Agenda 21, etc. you will find these same goals.) Group members include Benefield, MPC Executive Director Mark Donaldson, MPC planner Joe Ewart, Knoxville City Council members Joe Hultquist and Marilyn Roddy, Knox County Commissioners Finbarr Saunders and Tony Norman, and developers John Huber and Jon Clark.
Donaldson, head of MCP, said there was some question whether the state open meetings law applies, describing the panel as a "working group" not deciding public policy, but said the meetings have been advertised through paid public notices in the newspaper nonetheless. It is pretty obvious that they do not want or seek public input or, perhaps more, public scrutiny. Wolfenbarger also chided the group for having no homeowner organization representatives. Saunders, a noted neighborhood advocate, said he and Norman can help fill that role. (That is putting the fox in the hen house.)
Our land consumption is kind of scary. We got round numbers a while ago that if we kept on developing the way we are, we would flat run out of land in 15 or 20 years, and a tremendous amount of it is being developed with one type of development - single-family residential at three dwellings per acre. After seeing this go on for years and years, I couldn't sit still anymore. We need to try to do things that are smarter," he said. Thus the push to stack-em and pack-em housing, i.e., Smart Growth.
Mark Donaldson, named above as one of the members of this Program, is also listed as one of the people who produced “The Denton Plan 1999 -2020” for Denton, Texas. If you read planET and read the Denton Plan, you will see that the planning for a town in Texas and one in Tennessee somehow have the exact same needs, desires and problems. Of course you can do that for Missoula, Montana and Albany, New York. You will find that not only does every place have those same needs, desires and problems but that the answers are also exactly the same, down to the density of housing and the eradication of the automobile.
The Director of Sustainability for Knoxville
Susanna Sutherland is not only the Director of Sustainability for the City of Knoxville but she also serves on the Committee on Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is not a minor player in the Sustainable Development arena; she is a co-author of Sustainability and the U.S. EPA, and is called The Green Book. This book was written to explain how to institutionalize Sustainability into the EPA:
Specifically, in addition to being tasked with developing an operational framework for sustainability for EPA, the committee was asked to address how the existing framework rooted in the risk assessment/risk management paradigm can be integrated under the sustainability framework; identify the scientific and analytical tools needed to support the framework; and identify the expertise needed to support the framework.
In a powerpoint presentation, Ms Sutherland talks about City Branding but lists her kudos in the area of Sustainability as:
Now Nationally Known for Renewable Energy Expertise
Honorable Mention: 2012 Siemens Sustainable Communities Award
Co-author of the US EPA Green Book, National Academies
Co-author of Acting as If Tomorrow Matters, ELI Institute
Co-Chair of the Southeast Sustainable Cities Network
Leader in National ICLEI and USDN Networks (Planning Committees and Work Groups)
Case Study Participant in 20 national studies
She is no minor player in the field of so-called sustainability; she is one of the higher-up useful idiots. Look at this on page 10 of Knoxville’s Energy and Sustainability Work Plan:
City Energy & Sustainability National Participation
The City of Knoxville participates as an Energy & Sustainability partner nationally whenever possible. Here are some examples of activities and organizations we support and contribute to with time and resources:
Urban Sustainability Directors Network: serve on Financing Sustainability
and Rental Efficiency Committees
• Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI): serve on conference planning and policy advisory committees
• U.S. Green Building Council: national and local chapter members
• South East Region City Network Coordination (non-affiliated): co-chairs with Asheville, NC
• National Academies: Committee for Incorporating Sustainability in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Not every city in America has the equivalent of a Susanna Sutherland working in their Sustainability Department, but they do have the Department of Sustainability and they do have their bureaucrats who are promoting this nefarious plan.
The State of Tennessee and Smart Growth
“Following passage of its landmark 1998 Growth Policy Law, Tennessee has spent the last two years focusing on implementation of the new law, which significantly updates the state’s comprehensive planning statutes. The Tennessee chapter of APA, incorporated language from APA’s Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook.
“Of the 92 non-metropolitan counties in the state, 74 secured approval of their mandated growth plans by the June 30, 2000 deadline . . . .
“A white paper issued by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations last January examined the rural areas component of the mandated growth plans and found it lacking. The paper notes that “urban growth boundaries are not enough” and suggested a number of techniques and strategies -- in the areas of regulations, public infrastructure, public costs and revenue, and public and private investments in open land -- that the state could use to strengthen the rural areas component.
“By executive order in January 2000, Gov. Don Sundquist created the Tennessee Strategically Targeted Areas of Redevelopment.” That order states:
WHEREAS, redevelopment and revitalization of targeted urban communities is in the interest of strong economic growth in Tennessee and the improvement of the lives of Tennesseans, and
WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee recognizes that at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment and revitalization lies the need to examine the needs of a community including, but not limited to, transportation, small business development, childcare, workforce training, housing and safety; and
WHEREAS, in order to facilitate revitalization and redevelopment efforts in urban centers in the State, it is prudent to assist community based organizations, community development centers, and local leadership with the creation, implementation and support of strategic programs to improve community economic development opportunities; and
WHEREAS, there is a need for a coordination of efforts to assist the State in more strategically directing the resources of the State to achieve the objectives of this Order;
Yes, TN S.T.A.R. is a beautifully structured plan for Smart Growth in Tennessee. Note that it covers everything Smart Growth does -- housing, transportation, environment, workforce training, childcare -- every aspect of our lives. Compare TN S.T.A.R. with Smart Growth America’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities:
On June 16, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) together with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) formed the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a collaboration between the three federal agencies to help improve access to affordable housing, create more transportation options and lower Americans’ transportation costs while protecting the environment in communities nationwide.
This unprecedented collaboration between federal agencies means all three are better able to solve interrelated challenges. Whether it’s the impact of transportation choices on the environment, or the impact of housing decisions on transportation choices, the Partnership grants give HUD, DOT and EPA the ability to coordinate federal policies, programs and resources to achieve multiple goals at the same time. This means a more efficient policy process and a better use of taxpayer dollars.
How did we get to this? How did every state in the United States end up with planning that makes our cities have the exactly same design as every other city? And that plan being so egregiously anti-property rights, anti-human, anti-freedom? To put it succinctly I quote one of the designers of Agenda 21 Sustainable Development, Professor Maurice King: “Global sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty, reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.”
That quote says it all. Read it, read it again. Think about what it says. The UN and world governments say they are fighting poverty with Sustainable Development, yet SD “requires the deliberate quest of poverty.”
You can’t have it both ways. I would posit that King’s statement is the creed by which the globalists live -- poverty for us, not them -- and the general public best wake up to that fact: poverty, reduced resource consumption (food, water and the materials that provide us with shelter and the other needs of survival), and SET LEVELS OF MORTALITY CONTROL. Need I spell it out? They, the globalists, the promoters of sustainable development, want to determine who shall live and, more importantly, who shall die.
Your local officials are part of this, whether openly or tacitly. They have to be; the laws are on the books and they are carrying them out. At some point you have to ask yourself, do I hear or see them fighting to challenge these laws? We don’t, because they aren’t.
Everything is pointing to 2015 as their deadline to fundamentally change America to the globalist Utopia which is hell on earth. Are you prepared? For part one click below.
© 2013 Kathleen Marquardt - All Rights Reserved
Search Wildlands Project and read or watch anything by Michael Coffman
on the subject.
2. Sustainability and the U.S. EPA., National Academy of Sciences, 2011, p. vii.
3. See Orwell’s 1984.
4. Planning for Smart Growth: 2002 State of States, Tennessee, p. 118.
Kathleen Marquardt has been in the freedom movement since before it was called that. She was founder and chairman of Putting People First, a non-profit organization combatting the animal rights movement. Her book, AnimalScam: the Beastly Abuse of Human Rights, was published by Regnery in 1993. Kathleen has been Vice President of American Policy Center since 2000. She is also a contributing writer and researcher for Freedom Advocates.