Sustainable Communities Initiative

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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Sustainable Communities Initiative – “we’re all in this together and you WILL love it!”

by Skip April 29, 2014

The nuance of this “WILL” is more of a command versus describing a level of future emotions to come.  Sustainable Communities Initiative – the Federal Government’s way (e.g. HUD, EPA, DOT) to federalize local zoning ordinances to result in their idea for a more “efficient” society (remember, Progressives are all about “efficient” societies – planned […]

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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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Sustainable Communities Initiative Punched In the Face?

by Steve MacDonald November 27, 2013
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The Sustainable Communities Initiative, part of Agenda 21, and locally known (in New Hampshire) as Granite State Future, uses Regional planning to con communities into signing on to a host of mandates with the promise or rewards.  The Faustian bargain separates taxpayers from elected decision makers who get cut out of the process and are […]

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TreeHugger has Quote of the Day too!

by Skip November 4, 2013

Rule #1, Rule #2, Rule #7, Rule #12, Rule #15.  Except I’m still banned – I tried to leave a comment, saw it was waiting for moderation, and just saw that it was delete.  Oh well, this is why I have the ‘Grok!  Emphasis mine with some reformatting: Quote of the day: Jack Diamond on […]

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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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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 – Ric Perrault and Sylvia French

by Skip September 29, 2013

While Ken Eyring did use most of the time allotted for speakers, he was by no means the only speaker: Alton taxpayer and conservative activist Sylvia French also spoke at the Alton Business Association’s Workforce Housing Forum (again, kudos to them for being willing to host such a forum – generally businesses steer wide of […]

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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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And here is what the CA version of “Granite State Future” is bringing to the Bay Area; we aren’t tin foil hatters after all

by Skip June 21, 2013

We’ve written a lot on the efforts of the nine NH Regional Planning Commissions’ efforts to begin the process regionalization here in NH, using Fed dollars from DOT, EPA, and HUD to rewrite and “Federalize” our local zoning codes.  We are certainly against this as this is nothing but top-down centralized planning where “Professional Planners” […]

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The answer, obviously if you had been paying attention, is “Yes!” (shades of SB11)

by Skip May 17, 2013

He keeps asking, so we keep answering.  This week, Pindell finally gives an UP to the TEA Party movement, along with a question: Tea Party: The decentralized movement got a new reason for being this week with the news the IRS was targeting them. Since they were proven right on this does it mean everyone […]

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Guest Post by Ken Eyring: SB11 must be stopped

by Skip May 7, 2013

Update: I have been informed that this was written by Jane Aitkin of the NH TEA Party Coalition – I stand, corrected. *************************** Ever since Grokster Steve put up his post on SB11 whizzing through the NH Senate and the House Committee, there as been a lot of buzzing going on, and while it seems […]

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When It Rains it Pours

by Steve MacDonald May 7, 2013

As an after-thought to my post on SB 11 yesterday–which has stirred up some interest around the Grokosphere and well beyond–I went looking for some details about the environmentalist/regionalist motivations with regard to water and sewer.   It is a huge subject many parts of which we’ve touched on at the Grok already; you might say the socialist/central […]

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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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GrokTV: NHListens / Granite State Future – Parts 8 and 9

by Skip March 18, 2013

And we start right in with Part 8: continuing on the economy was a lady that asked the question “what is the next thing?” as if an entire State’s economy could be planned to succeed.  An older gentleman answered but I could not hear what he said,but true to form, The Enforcer went right after […]

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GrokTV: NHListens / Granite State Future – Circle “AAAA”

by Skip March 17, 2013

Well, during the recording of circle “BBBB”, I bet you’ve noticed that, on occasion, I panned over to one of the other groups.  Primary reason?  Well, the Scribe over there was writing a whole bunch more than this group (including when Tim Carter got up, walked to the front of the group to explain to […]

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GrokTV: NHListens / Granite State Future – Circle “BBBB” Parts 6 and 7

by Skip March 17, 2013

“…who controls the natural resources and are they privately owned or a community resource?“ What have we learned so far as we get ready for Parts 6 and 7 of the NHListens session at the  Meredith Plymouth Senior Center this past Thursday?  Seems like listening isn’t what it used to be, I guess – especially […]

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