"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.
Additional Helpful Organizations
Cascade Policy Institute
John A. Charles, Environmental Policy Director
(prefers market-based approach, rather than regulatory "smart
EPA's Smart Growth Funding Resource
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
- "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.
Taking CompensationThe 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.
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.
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
- "A Novice's
Reaction to a Smart Growth Discussion" - By Nate Dickinson,
(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.