“We The People, of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish JUSTICE, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
This is the document that our Rule of Law is based on in this Country. We are a republic - not a democracy where the active majority can overrun a minority. This means that our government representatives, by OATH, are bonded to uphold our Federal and State Constitutions and to support our laws over the emotions of a cause or an agenda.
The current draft of the La Plata County Comprehensive plan does, in fact, represent a major shift from government of the people, by the people, and for the people, to a document that significantly increases control of the people by the government. The plan was written by the Sonoran Institute and Community by Design consultants with an agenda in mind. The La Plata County community had no real voice in the direction of this process and its focus is based on emotional feel-good ideas that are designed for social engineering and social equity that trample our rights as a free people to live where and how we want without the interference of government. This plan is one of many being implemented across the nation being led by a United Nations initiative called “Local Agenda 21” (LA 21). According to ICLEI’s (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) summary report of local Agenda 21 survey with regional focus, “these participatory planning processes are not typically called LA21 processes, although they share the same features. They are often referred to as a sustainable or livable community planning (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), 2002, May, p. 16).”
We, the undersigned, do hereby petition the Planning Commissioners and the BOCC to delay initiation of a draft Comprehensive Plan until the public is allowed to make presentations of facts to them and a thorough analysis of the intentions of the plan is completed. We support the current efforts and makeup of the current Planning Commission (there is no reason for any changes) and we encourage them to remember that this plan must be based on facts and rule of law instead of based on emotions or agendas.
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). (2002, May). Local Governments' Response to Agenda 21: Summary Report of Local Agenda 21 Survey With Regional Focus. Toronto, Canada: Somerset Graphics Co. Ltd. Retrieved on July 25, 2011 from http://www.iclei.org/documents/Global/la21summary.pdf