The Un-elected are Plotting YOUR Future

Update:  This was about a 6 minute meeting.  They approved the long range plan for 2040 and the 5 year plan.  No discussion.  Evidently a public meeting was held last Friday.  Did you know about it?  Have you even heard of the Regional Planning Commission?

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The McLean County Regional Planning Commission is comprised of city and county employees, some elected officials, IDOT representatives, and many other un-elected people.

This is where plans like the east-side bypass and the Main Street Corridor originate and both are still on the agenda no matter what the citizens say.

The Transportation Committee is meeting today:

McLean County Regional Planning Commission Transportation Policy Committee 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012 Room 345, City of Bloomington Department of Public Works Government Center 115 East Washington Street, Bloomington, Illinois

AGENDA

1. Call to Order

2. Attendance

3. Minutes of the September 28, 2012 meeting of the Policy Committee ITEMS FOR ACTION

4. Review and approve of the Long Range Transportation Plan 2040

5. Review and approve of the revised FY 2013-2017 Transportation Improvement Program ITEMS OF INFORMATION OR DISCUSSION

6. That Which May Arise

Below is a link to the plan they want to approve

http://www.mcplan.org/egov/documents/1350666761_64351.pdf

Think Agenda 21 isn’t a local problem?  This is a quote from their document:

There is a great deal of discussion about the meaning of sustainability, across the country and here in Bloomington-Normal, and considerable confusion about the implications of planning for sustainability. In its Sustainability Plan, the Town of Normal refers to the widely-cited definition developed by the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED, also known as the Brundtland Commission) established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1983. As used by the WCED, sustainability or sustainable development means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This concept is further refined through the definition of three inter-related areas of activity, or sustainability factors, which are economic vitality, social progress and environmental stewardship. It should be noted that the definition formulated by the Brundtland Commission is a concept, not a mandate. It provides a basis for further thinking about the nature of the transportation system, and how it too can meet current and projected needs without comprising future needs. The concept of sustainable development has become the foundation of a series of planning and development initiatives called the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a joint project of three Federal Cabinet departments, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency. The project has developed a framework for its programs, structured around six livability principles, which focus Federal investment and policy on the following priorities:

  • Provide more transportation choices.
  • Promote equitable, affordable housing.
  • Enhance economic competitiveness.
  • Support existing communities.
  • Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment.
  • Value communities and neighborhoods.

World Commission on Environment and Development?!?

If you can attend this meeting – please do.

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