Mathews residents Tricia Stall, Andrew Maggard, Dewitt Edwards and Sue Long, from left, and Gloucester resident Dave King, at right, are members of the Concerned Citizens of the Middle Peninsula Steering Committee, which charges that local officials involved with planning are unwittingly doing the bidding of the United Nations. Photos by Sherry Hamilton.
Danette Machen, chair of the Mathews County Planning Commission.
Five local residents are questioning the concept of sustainable development and calling on county leaders to scotch the recently-adopted comprehensive plan. But O.J. Cole and Danette Machen, chairs of the Mathews County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission, respectively, say the document is the product of years of work by local residents, and they stand by their decision to approve it. See accompanying articles: "Residents claim global governance being set up through local laws" and "Local planning decisions not being influenced by outside entities."