West Suburban Patriots

an independent Tea Party group in DuPage County, IL

Here is some info about the process that CMAP uses to inculcate itself and Agenda 21 into our communities, and thereby impact your private property rights. You may download a printable copy of the Resolution to Protect Private Property Rights at the "Attachments" link below. Ask public servants to sign it. If they refuse to sign, then THEY look like the unreasonable ones, who are refusing to protect citizen's private property.

In community after community, the same scenario is repeated. 1.) Federal government, via EPA, Department of Commerce, Department of Interior, offers special grants to communities for the purpose of developing a vision for a greener future and a plan to convert the vision into reality.

2.) Local government will find a private consultant to “facilitate” the process.

3.) "Facilitator" will identify a local “steering committee,” carefully chosen from people who represent various segments of the community, all of whom are known in advance to be sympathetic to the goals of Agenda 21.

4.) "Steering committee" meets in private to lay out the framework for the process and the goals for the finished product.

5.) Next, public meetings are scheduled to give the appearance of public input and ownership. Rarely are these meetings ever publicized adequately to attract the private-property owners who are most directly affected. Care is taken to see that members of local environmental organizations and social-justice organizations constitute the majority of attendees.

6.) These public meetings are said to be “the visioning process.” The procedures vary slightly from community to community, depending upon the facilitator. Remarkably, however, the “vision” in every community contains essentially the same elements: restricted auto traffic; bike trails; walkable neighborhoods; integrated housing; high-density urban boundary zones; conservation areas; green belts; and much more – directly from Agenda 21.

7.) Once the vision document is complete, the next step is to convert it into a comprehensive land-use plan, adopted by local elected officials in the form of an ordinance that is enforceable with fines and other penalties. The plans are necessarily so long and complex that few people ever read them, other than the professional planners and enforcement officials. Many, if not most, of these comprehensive plans incorporate many, if not most, of the codes developed by the International Codes Council.

Here are some of the codes:

International Building Code International Residential Code, International Fire Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Private Sewage Disposal Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Wildland-Urban Interface Code, ICC Performance Code, International Existing Building Code, International Property Maintenance Code, International Zoning Code, International Green Construction Code.

Here’s a sample of what to expect. From Chapter 2 of the International Green Construction Code: CONSERVATION AREA. Land designated by the jurisdiction or by state or federal government, as a result of a community planning process, as appropriate for conservation from development because of the land possessing natural values important to the community including, but not limited to wildlife habitat, forest or other significant vegetation, steep slopes, ground water recharge area, riparian corridor or wetland.

DAYLIGHT SATURATION. The percentage of daytime hours throughout the year when not less than 28 foot-candles (300 lux) of natural light is provided at a height of 30 inches (762 mm) above the floor.

DEMAND RESPONSE, AUTOMATED (AUTO-DR). Fully Automated Demand Response initiated by a signal from a utility or other appropriate entity, providing fully-automated connectivity to customer energy end-use control strategies.

This is a tiny sample of the rules and regulations buried deep within the innocent-sounding comprehensive land-use plans adopted by unaware local officials to achieve the politically correct label of “sustainable community.” These plans should be rejected, not simply because they arise from the United Nations, but because they infringe personal freedom and private property rights. The implementation of these comprehensive land-use plans effectively transfers to government the right to dictate to individuals what kind of materials must be used in constructing their privately owned homes.

The Auto-DR provision defined above actually gives government the right to dictate the temperature in your home, and the ability to enforce it. This is madness! This is sustainable development! This is Agenda 21! Local tea parties, 9/12 groups and property-rights organizations must learn about Agenda21 and exactly what their local visioning statements and local comprehensive land-use plans contain. Many groups are forming study committees to analyze their local plans by section and then report back to the entire group. This way, not every individual has to read the entire plan. If this rush to oblivion is going to be stopped, it is up to private citizens to get informed, get involved and help get into office only those people who truly respect the Constitution and the individual freedom it is supposed to guarantee.

(Copyright Henry Lamb. Lamb is the author of "The Rise of Global Governance," chairman of Sovereignty International and founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization and Freedom21 Inc.)

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Thanks to everyone who called & sent emails to Board members! A small victory for DuPage County property owners today (5/13/14) during the DuPage County Board meeting. The agreement was ultimately approved, but because we spoke up for our private property rights (thanks to Tom S., Gerry W., Frank N., Steve O., Carol D. and others for attending the meeting), the CMAP agreement generated WAY MORE discussion among the Board members than it would have otherwise.

In fact, our comments and the subsequent discussion led to a modification of the CMAP agreement. The modification clarifies that the CMAP recommendations will pertain ONLY to DuPage county government properties, and not to private properties. However, we can't trust this process and must remain vigilant! One of the next steps will be to select a "steering committee" (see Step #4 in the above post). I am asking concerned property owners to FIND OUT HOW THEY MIGHT BE APPOINTED TO THE STEERING COMMITTEE! We MUST have people on the inside. If we don't, an entire "comprehensive land use plan" will be set in stone by this committee before the general public is even notified or given an opportunity to have input.

Below are my comments given during the Public Comment portion of the meeting. We were "allowed" 3 minutes to speak.

As a DuPage County property owner and taxpayer for 20 years, I strongly object to the Board signing this agreement with CMAP, a nebulous, un-elected and un-accountable group of “central planners”. I strongly urge that the Board do it’s due diligence before signing any agreement with CMAP. I am very concerned with this entire “central planning” process and the potential it has for a negative impact on every citizen’s private property rights in DuPage County.

If I had time, I would detail for you the predictable scenario that an agreement with CMAP entails. The end result of their convoluted, year-long process will be a “comprehensive land-use plan” that will take the form of ordinances that negatively impact private property rights and are enforceable with fines and other penalties. Many, if not most, of these comprehensive plans incorporate many, if not most, of the codes developed by the International Codes Council. Might I remind you all that the United States is a sovereign nation, not to be dicated to by International governing bodies.

Some of the codes are: International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Fire Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Private Sewage Disposal Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Wildland-Urban Interface Code, ICC Performance Code, International Existing Building Code, International Property Maintenance Code, International Zoning Code, International Green Construction Code.

For example, from Chapter 2 of the International Green Construction Code:

DEMAND RESPONSE, AUTOMATED (AUTO-DR). Fully Automated Demand Response initiated by a signal from a utility or other appropriate entity, providing fully-automated connectivity to customer energy end-use control strategies. (aka Smart Meters).

This Auto-DR provision actually gives government the right to dictate the temperature in my home, and the ability to enforce it.This is a tiny sample of the rules and regulations buried deep within the innocent-sounding comprehensive land-use plans adopted by unaware local officials to achieve the politically correct label of “sustainable community.”

These plans should be rejected because they infringe on personal freedom and private property rights. The implementation of these comprehensive land-use plans effectively transfers to government the right to dictate to individuals what kind of use is deemed acceptable.

I presume that this Board consists of elected public servants who truly respect the Constitution and the individual freedom it is supposed to guarantee. The citizens of DuPage County fully expect this Board to be our advocates for freedom and private property rights. In keeping with that expectation, I know that not one of you on this Board will have any objection to signing this Resolution to Protect Citizen’s Property Rights. I’m sure that the citizens who elected all of you would not look favorably on any Board member who would appear to be unwilling to stand up to protect the private property rights of their constituents.

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