Letter: Who holds the regulatory controls?
On Tuesday, Jan. 18, about 20 Mathews citizens attended a joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission in support of a NO vote on adoption of the Comprehensive Plan.
No public input was allowed at the meeting, as O.J. Cole presented a concise timeline of meetings, workshops and opportunities for input over almost four years of the plan’s development. The Comprehensive Plan, all 225 pages plus beautiful maps, represents obviously an enormous amount of work and dedication by its developers. It does the "Pearl of the Chesapeake" honor.
Yes, these were Johnny-Come-Latelies. We are here. And our presence and activism stems from a national political sea change since Barack Obama’s election: the electrifying emergence of a conservative grassroots movement in response to the fact, not because there was a black man in the White House, but because citizens perceived that individual liberty was threatened by a leftist Administration, as indeed was/is American sovereignty itself; and the dizzying expansion of government enabled by back-door politics circumventing the Constitution and Congressional oversight (all the Czars, for example, not vetted, with zero accountability to "the governed"—us, the citizens).
The Comprehensive Plan covers a great deal of material in considering how this county will or will not grow, protect its environment and balance this protection with citizen needs. This is where a theme emerges—not from the county’s governing bodies—but elsewhere, best exemplified with the following excerpt (found on page 101):
"The public responsibility for protecting environmental quality and maintaining the delicate balance between nature and development lies with many local, state and federal agencies who must work collaboratively. Citizens and businesses also have an important responsibility to protect and maintain the quality of the environment in the county. Often, that recognition for environmental stewardship and pursuit of the common good falls secondary to personal interests; consequently, public education and regulatory controls are the tools most used to achieve established goals and benchmarks."
Whose established goals? Whose benchmarks?
"Sustainable Development" is the primary global goal of the United Nations. Or call it "Smart Growth." It is vehemently anti-growth from a strictly political point of view. Slowly, the sticky fingers of the U.N. have encroached all over the globe, and while the U.S. has not signed any treaties, giving up, to date, our sovereignty, the back door is wide open. Under the Clinton Administration, the concepts of Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites were agreed to, not to administer, but regulate via intermediate entities. Virginia makes the global Biosphere Reserve list of 47, appearing at #46—Virginia Coast. Mathews, "The Pearl of the Chesapeake," is in this Reserve. Who holds the "regulatory controls?" EPA, Wildlife and Fisheries, for starters.
We, the latecomers to realization of the profound impact currently developed policies will have on our present, future, and our children and those who follow, are aggressively educating ourselves. The Tea Party movement did not exist when this plan was developed. We welcome anyone to our monthly meetings (announced in this paper) and occasional classes open to the public.
Port Haywood, Va.