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"Speech to Watauga County Board of Commissioners" - By Madeline K. Carter, March 2006 (Printed by Permission)
This eloquent little speech confronts the commissioners of Watauga County, North Carolina, with using psychologically controlled Delphi Technique at community meetings to lock out the electorate from the constitutional process.

See Also
See Also

Defeating Zoning and Building Codes - New York

Additional Helpful Organizations
Additional Helpful Organizations

Cascade Policy Institute
John A. Charles, Environmental Policy Director
(prefers market-based approach, rather than regulatory "smart growth" zoning)

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

EPA's Smart Growth Funding Resource Guide
The bulk of the funding is from federal and state programs. The EPA posting provides information on the 57,000 foundations, corporate givers and grantmaking public charities that offer over 246 grants and maintain over 1,900 grantmaker web sites.
Also provides link to Funders Network for Smart Growth and livable Communities.

In-Depth Information

  • Randal O'Toole"Free Market Solutions to Urban Problems" - By Randal O'Toole, Bandon, Oregon, Director - American Dream Coalition of the Independence Institute, Senior Fellow - Cato Institute, and Senior Economist - Thoreau Institute; Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    States like Oregon that have "growth management" laws require that an urban growth boundary be drawn around cities, to stop growth beyond the boundary and "densify" development within the boundary. This has driven up housing costs and been a big factor in the housing bubble. Along with imposing the urban growth boundary, cities build light rail lines to reduce automobile use and thereby reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, which is thought to be a primary cause of global warming. But light rail is not effective either in attracting riders or reducing carbon dioxide. Efficient cars are better at reducing emissions per passenger mile and cheaper.
  • Bill Moshofsky"Regulatory Taking Compensation—The Successful Oregon Measure 37 Referendum" - By Bill Moshofsky, President, Oregonians in Action, Tigard, Oregon; Speech to the Ninth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 22, 2005)
    The Oregon Measure 37 referendum created a solution to the "regulatory overkill" that besets Oregon's property owners, under arguably the strictest land use planning regulations in the country, excessive wetlands, endangered species and forest practice regulation. Oregonians in Action is still fighting against government's attempt to nullify the law.
  • Mark Nix"Landowners United to Defend Private Property Rights" By Mark Nix, Executive Director, South Carolina Landowners Association, Columbia, South Carolina; Speech to the Eighth Annual Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y. October 23, 2004)
    This speech includes good advice for all property rights groups, including: Form alliances with homeowners associations, churches, and other groups to defend property rights. Frame the issues to be understood. Warn people that government is "taking away your property's value," instead of about "zoning." Get the news out to your members at least once a month.
  • "Smart Growth Shows Its Ugly Side" Kay McClanahan, Eastover, South Carolina, December 2003 (Reprinted by permission of author)
    South Carolina landowners face off against Richland County's "Town and Country Land Use Plan" and the National Park Service's expansion of Congaree Swamp National Monument to a National Park. Many Black farmers are descendants of freed slaves who purchased their land after the Civil War.
  • Nate Dickinson"A Novice's Reaction to a Smart Growth Discussion" - By Nate Dickinson, Wildlife Biologist
    (PRFA, December 12, 2003
    Review of "Outsmarting Smart Growth - Population Growth, Immigration, and the Problem of Sprawl" by Beck, Kolankiewicz, and Camarota (Center for Immigration Studies, 2003). Dickinson questions the assumptions underlying the report, and asks whether planners are interested in changing the complexion of a free society. Statistics for agricultural acreage show that the U.S. A. is getting wilder, contrary to the report's drift. He states that the report's immigration statitistics prove the need to rethink immigration policy. Illegal immigration must be simply halted.

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