HUD

Was Your Town HUD-Winked!?

by Steve MacDonald July 21, 2014

Scott had a great article last Thursday that ties the Sustainable futures/HUD/Regional Planning Commissions to the latest man-caused disaster (Man used loosely as I am referring to President Obama). He points out how rules you know nothing about (nor would you or your elected officials ever be consulted on) might result in your town having […]

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When Reality Reifies the Abstract

by Scott Morales July 19, 2014
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It’s often dismissed as lofty, bloated rhetoric until it’s real.  Many times, many of us have been dismissed as paranoid, sky is falling types because we see things happening and sound off.  It’s received by many with an insouciant shrug and a “meh”.  Then reality asserts itself and the once insouciant don a nonplussed grimace […]

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GrokTV: Lakes Region Planning Commission Law Lecture – Daniel Crean

by Skip June 29, 2014

Granite State Futures (the US Federal Govt HUD/EPA/DOT “Sustainable Communities Initiative” here in NH):  Identifying and Overcoming Barriers – One of the steps in the visioning and planning process to be used by each region will be to identify existing and potential barriers to ensuring sustainable communities and to articulate the strategies the regions will […]

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GrokTV: Lakes Region Planning Commission Law Lecture – Bernie Waugh

by Skip June 29, 2014

Kerrie Diers (Exec. Dir. of the Nashua (New Hampshire) Regional Planning Commission) doesn’t care much that your land gets in the way of her planning (for your own good as in “WHY do our perceptions of the needs of the Collective have to give way to what Individuals own?”): “Private Property Rights get in the […]

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Workforce Housing – Bob Ward: “YOU HAVE YOUR FUTURES! YOU HAVE YOUR AGENDA 21s!!!”

by Skip May 19, 2014

That would be Bob Ward, the SanborntonTown Planner screaming those words at NH State Rep Jane Cormier when the Planning Board held an “information session” on May 1st on six amendments that wound themselves making more of the town open for workforce housing.  It was obvious that actually educating folks as to what was really below […]

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Sanbornton – Workforce Housing: discussion and voting results

by Skip May 14, 2014

Yes, mea culpa – I spelled Sanbornton wrong in every single one of the following videos; I apologize!  On Thursday, May 1st, the Sanbornton Planning Board held a session in which the town’s residents could ask questions about the upcoming voting on zoning Amendments, especially as Workforce Housing (e.g., low cost, higher density, clustered developments).  […]

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And HUD/EPA/DOT’s Sustainable Communities Initiative wants even denser populations?

by Skip March 31, 2014

Otherwise known as “Stack’em and Pack’em” – SCI wants zoning changes such that higher density living will be mandated – high rise living for all with retail on the first couple of floors, sidewalks galore, and if you like public transportation, you will be in love with your only source.  The single family homes of […]

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Are you listening, NH Regional Planning Commissions and NH Water Commission? We GOT WATER!

by Skip December 13, 2013

Every single “crisis” (either real or man-made) always seems to be solvable ONLY with the introduction of a larger bureaucracy, more intrusive Government, and even more abusive intelligensia (are ya listening, NH Listens?) when it concerns the Right to Private Property.  After all, “it’s for the children” is the siren call for more collectivism and […]

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Guest post by NH State Rep Jane Cormier: Bah Humbug!

by Skip December 10, 2013

Seems like the Lakes Region Planning Commission is distressed about all the “misinformation” being disseminated recently. During a Nov. 20 meeting, directors spouted the need to turn on their public relations machine to “…get the word out…there are efforts to divert the local planning effort for political reasons…those people write prolifically and it’s a misinformation […]

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So, Obama hates volunteer fire departments (of course, where’s the Union?)

by Skip December 9, 2013

From the Daily Mail (a UK paper that does a lot better on reporting edgy American news than most US papers): The Affordable Care Act forces companies with more than 50 workers to buy them all health insurance or pay hefty fines The IRS says volunteer firefighters are ‘employees,‘ even though the Department of Labor […]

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The Future of Granite State Future From A County Commissioner Who Is Already Living It in NY

by Steve MacDonald November 9, 2013
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If you think the folks squawking about Granite State Future and the goals and agenda of the Regional Planners in New Hampshire is nothing but fearmongering, conspircay theory, or just tin-foil-hat-nuttery, if you ust want to sign up and take the money without any regard to the strings attached, why not listen to what a […]

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Presentation on Regional Planning and Granite State Future

by Steve MacDonald October 27, 2013
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This is a complete video of the presentation sponsored by NH House Rep Jane Cormier for interested State Reps and given by our local expert on Regional Planning Comissions and their efforts (intentional or otherwise) to undermine local control, Ken Eyring. Follow this link to a PDF of the relevant links and documents that substantiate […]

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Guest post by NH State Rep Jane Cormier: “Regional Planning Commissions: Planning for WHOM?”

by Skip October 23, 2013

As a Rep. for Belknap District, I have been working on a bill in our state house trying to repeal and replace the NH Regional Planning Commissions. (I know, I know – I’m crazy…) However, after doing voluminous research, it is quite apparent these commissions are instrumental in Federal agencies fulfilling their “smart growth” agenda […]

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Idea for a T-Shirt: “Obama Shut down the Federal Government And All I got was my Freedom back.”

by Steve MacDonald October 2, 2013
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One  DoE affected by the Shutdown™, the Department of Education, not to be confused with the Dept. of Energy, has a $70 Billion dollar budget it spends primarily on nothing that has anything to do with teaching children.  (It is, as are most federal agencies, an Oasis for lobbyists, rent-seekers, and the handing out of […]

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GrokTV: ABA / Workforce Housing Forum – Q & A Parts 4 & 5

by Skip September 29, 2013

It was a long night and a long meeting – but if a topic is important, isn’t it important to take the time to discuss it correctly?  It was obvious when looking at the faces of the attendees that a lot of the information was brand new.  It was also clear, when some of the […]

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GrokTV: ABA / Workforce Housing Forum – Q & A Part 3 “Wowie – Zowie!”

by Skip September 29, 2013

Well, I said that there would be some fireworks – and there was.  Long time Planning Board member and long term Lakes Region Planning Commission member Mr. Tom Hoopes decided that he was going to take exception to the evening’s information.  Really, how did expect that he’d do arguing against the plain language of the […]

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GrokTV: ABA / Workforce Housing Forum – Q & A Parts 1 & 2

by Skip September 29, 2013

The people who were in attendance at the ABA Workforce Forum just did not want to stop.  Normal for this kind of an event might be 15 – 30 minutes of a Question and Answer period – this one went well over an hour (with some fireworks as well!).  Well, people are fired up, had […]

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GrokTV: Alton Business Association / Workforce Housing Forum – Ken Eyring Part 4

by Skip September 29, 2013

The previous parts to Ken’s talk at the Alton Business Association’s Workforce Housing Forum were kept to around 10 minutes each so I should let you know that this goes about 25 minutes.  The topic was Westchester County, NY – a “lower level of government” that actually believed the Federal Govt’s “Sustainability Community Initiative” was […]

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GrokTV: Alton Business Association / Workforce Housing Forum – Ken Eyring Parts 2 & 3

by Skip September 29, 2013

Well, back at it.  Too many things going on at once and I’ve fallen behind on getting the video of the Alton Business Association’s Workforce Housing Forum this past week.  I put up the Intro, remarks by NH State Rep. Jane Cormier, and Part 1 of Ken Eyring’s presentation (the bulk of the time used […]

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Alton Business Association / Workforce Housing Forum – Ken Eyring Part 1

by Skip September 26, 2013

After NH State Rep Jane Cormier, the main Speaker of the night was up: mild mannered, soft-spoken Ken Eyring (and possessor of a knife-sharp set of smarts; fearless too!).  What NH State Rep Dan Itse is to Constitutional knowledge, Ken is to the Gordian Knot called the Federal HUD / EPA / DOT Sustainable Communities […]

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Alton Business Association – Workforce Housing Forum

by Skip September 26, 2013

Last night, the ‘Grok was asked to cover a forum in Alton being sponsored by the Alton Business Association.  I have to hand it to those folks to be willing to sponsor such a forum on this subject as it has, is, and will become more and more political.  Their stance, as iterated by the […]

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Gee, all this and not a Government / city / town planner to be seen….

by Skip August 31, 2013

Yeah, just a random thought. Oh, I’m quite sure that this iteration of Burning Man got planned – you don’t have 68,000 people in one area, even in the desert, and have it look this orderly.  One also has to keep in mind that these folks, um, don’t always follow the same drummers the rest […]

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About that “Sustainable Development Programs ARE a Part of Implementing the UN Agenda 21″ thing…

by Steve MacDonald August 9, 2013

Yeah, that’s like, totally true.  It’s right in the Federal Register… Federal Register / Vol. 63, No. 163 / Monday, August 24, 1998 / Notices    45157 (link) The Sustainable Development Challenge Grant program is consistent with other community-based efforts EPA has introduced, such as the Brownfields Initiative, Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, Project XL, the […]

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Squestration – Obama’s “Organizing” rears its “Let’s Hurt Citizens” campaign for Big Government

by Skip May 23, 2013

Ah yes, the Sequestration that Obama’s White House came up with as a ploy during the debt ceiling / budget continuance back a bit now that was never supposed see the light of day – but it got voted in.  Well, when the Piper’s Bill came due, Obama decided that he was going make it […]

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EMail Doodlings – SB11

by Skip May 17, 2013

SB11 – the bill ostensibly written to allow Exeter and Stratham to cooperate on a water system.  However, as we have written here on the ‘Grok, we have seen a lot of problems with the bill as it is too broadly written.  With the Feds and the NH regional planning commissions pushing the Federal “Sustainable […]

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Granite State Future – Not really just “Advisory only”

by Skip March 22, 2013

We keep hearing from those that are in favor of Granite State Future (the NH version of the Federal Government’s “Sustainable Communities Initiative” pushed by the EPA, HUD, and DOT that aims to Federalize our local homegrown zoning regs so “we can live better) that is is merely advisory.  Just hints, directions, guidance – take […]

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NHListens – the non-profit FOR the sustainable Granite State Future plan which HATES our NH environment!

by Skip March 21, 2013

Or for another take, this subtitle:                        NHListens – the “Run Away!” edition! Gosh, and last week was JUST.SO.MUCH.FUN!  So this week was supposed to be the next one in the North Country series of “listening” sessions.  Get out of work on time (and an unexpected “happening”)?  Yup – Check!  Good weather?  Snow?  Rain?  Fire? Raining […]

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GovernmentOversite: NHListens / Granite State Future – another viewpoint

by Skip March 19, 2013

Both the ‘Grok and GovernmentOversite went to the same event last week: a “listening” session conducted by NHListens (an offsoot of the Carsey Institute at UNH, where “Carsey” is the uber-Progressive TV producer, Marsey Carsey).  Here is the video that ‘Grok friend Ed over at put together over at GovernmentOversite (a mashup of some of […]

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GrokTV: NHListens / Granite State Future – Wrapup

by Skip March 18, 2013

The last of the NHListens session at the Plymouth Senior Center on behalf of the Granite State Future plan, which is the local instance of the Federal Government’s way to Federalize local zoning codes via bribing us with our own money as the HUD / EPA / DOT throws money (with strings attached via the […]

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GrokTV: NHListens / Granite State Future – Parts 10 and 11

by Skip March 18, 2013

Pretty much more of the same – Part 10: Business startup issues: ease of startup credit, banking issues / regulation (to customers, on themselves), reduce barriers to entry, Train the workforce – not to be the cogs in a machine but to design that machine, teach them to be entrepreneurs You should be willing to […]

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