The Capital Area Texas Sustainability (CATS) Consortium is a broad-based collaboration of public, private, academic, and nonprofit groups in Central Texas promoting UN Agenda 21 goals. The coalition seeks to implement a “regional plan” and vision for sustainable development. Key members and groups include: Capital Area Council of Governments (lead applicant) CAPCOG, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization CAMPO, Envision Central Texas, City of Austin, City of Round Rock, City of San Marcos, University of Texas, and IBM. These organizations are driving the efforts by applying for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant! The CATS Consortium also has approximately 20 additional partners including local cities and counties, institutions of academia, transit agencies, non-profits, and community groups.
The main goal of this consortium is to promote a long-range transportation plan and socialization plan that includes a network starting out with thirty-seven walkable, bikeable, connected centers called “activity centers” interconnected by rail. These zones are called transit-oriented developments. The activity centers concept is to promote equal access measured by regional equity atlases for transportation, quality air through green house gas emissions regulation, and social equity. The goal of CAMPO is to “target more than 30% of new growth in “Activity Centers”–compact, transit-oriented, walkable, bikeable, connected, livable communities. The index that measures the inequality of income throughout the United States and across the planet is the GINI index. This index will help determine where the resources will ultimately be allocated within these transit-oriented development activity centers to provide equity of resources for all.
THIS SOUNDS GREAT, BUT IN REALITY THESE ACTIVITY CENTERS ARE GOING TO CONSIST OF MULTI-STORY HOUSING, STACK AND PACK HOUSING, WITH VARIOUS LEVELS OF INCOME, WHOSE MAIN PURPOSE IS TO DO AWAY WITH ANY AND ALL AUTOMOBILE TRAFFIC. THE WHOLE GOAL IS TO TAKE CARS OFF THE ROADS AND TO SQUEEZE PEOPLE INTO LIMITED AMOUNT OF SPACE SO THEIR USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY CAN BE CLOSELY MONITORED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE EPA THROUGH THE USE OF SMART METERS AND OTHER DEVICES. THIS PLAN ESTABLISHES AN URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARY, AND IF YOU LIVE OR WORK OUTSIDE OF IT, YOU WILL BE PUNISHED BY HIGHER RATES, TAXES, AND LACK OF ACCESS TO GRANTS THAT WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO BUSINESSES WITHIN THE SMART GROWTH ZONES. AGAIN GOVERNMENT WILL BE PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS.
There are going to be analytic tools in addition to smart meters that measure up to the minute use of energy aka green house gas emissions. “IBM has exclusively teamed with our consortium to develop groundbreaking Sustainable Places Analytics Tool.” My question is what are they measuring?
The CATS Consortium is strongly focused on implementing the federal wishes of HUD, DOT, and the EPA through the Partnerships for Sustainable Communities and its many grant opportunities.
The steering Committee and Partners are Capital Metro, HousingWorks, Capital Area Housing Finance Corporation, Worksource, Lone Star Rail District (Providers of future rail service linking Activity Centers not only in the five-county region but also down to San Antonio), The Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project, Lower Colorado River Authority, and TXDOT.
The advisory team is dedicated to: “water policy, transit and transportation, housing, poverty and equity, locally generated renewable energy, public health, job creation and economic development…Local groups devoted to environmental protection, land conservation, air quality, water quality, climate protection, and reducing vehicle miles traveled.
The consortium writes as “having leaders who are 100% dedicated to executing a Regional Plan–who are tasked with looking across all of the silos–has been an essential element missing in our region.”
How is this consortium responsive to the people? This is a soviet form of governance! This is unconstitutional.
Grant funds have been used to hire planning consultants to lead communities to predetermined outcomes to help plan for activity centers and provide subject-matter “expertise to inform the development of the Sustainable Places Analytic Tool”. This was done in San Marcos leading to the ultimate adoption of Smart Code. Former San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz is a huge proponent of Smart Growth, a major component of Agenda 21!
CENTRAL TEXAS: READY TO TIP:
“I don’t think you’ve gone far enough! I really urge you to take the next leap….I hear you can’t do [Regional planning for sustainable development] because of state laws, or it’s a big region, or there’s no money. But this is one of the most talented and creative areas in the country. Get over the hump; find a way to power through. I want you to continue to be on the cutting edge…but there are a lot of places around the country that are catching up.” Shelley Poticha, keynote speaker at Envision Central Texas 2010 Community Stewardship Awards, Austin, May 7 2010
“The strategies proposed in this application can “tip” our region–building on all the groundwork we’ve already laid on livability and sustainability–to produce real positive change.”
OUR STRENGTHS (According to the Consortium): CAMPO sets a goal that 30% of new growth be in activity centers, compact mixed-use centers for jobs, housing, and services, connected by both transit and roads. CAMPO will earmark 50% of federal STP-MM transportation dollars to support activity centers.
Of the approximate $74 million in STP MM funding available to the CAMPO 5 County Region, FY 2012-2014, 50% or about $37.5 million is to support CAMPO Activity Centers (may overlap with Bike/Pedestrian set-aside). Of the approximate $74 million in STP MM funding available to the CAMPO 5-County Region, FY 2012-2014, 15% or possibly $11.1 million, is set-aside for Bicycle/Pedestrian projects and programs (may overlap with Centers Set Aside).
The Greenprint for Growth: A Regional Action Plan for Conservation funded by the Federal Highway Administration. This plan utilizes GIS mapping and modeling technology to help communities and governments map people’s private property!!! Counties then hold another set of meetings with predetermined outcomes and decide what “cultural, recreational resources, and natural resources to protect”. The team that developed this tool includes Envision Central Texas, CAPCOG, and the Trust for Public Land. Those organizations all have their own agendas and use public money to map private property in the name of conservation. Communites should be deciding their own activities and resources to protect!
“The ambitious Austin Climate Protection Plan and the city-owned Austin Energy have set some of the nation’s strongest GHG reduction targets”.
OUR WEAKNESSES: (According to the Consortium):
“We lack an effective regional coalition tasked with implementation”.
“We tend to compete for MPO dollars, rather than approaching investments regionally.”
*** “Support for livability and sustainability is perceived as “an Austin thing.” Our regional strategies must speak to people, property owners, pocketbooks, and elected officials in other cities, small towns and rural areas, including those who have more conservative and traditional values.”
*** “County land-use authority is very limited in Texas, and we lack regional regulatory or taxing mechanisms. Texas tradition strongly favors property rights over mandated plans.”
“Texas filed two 2010 legal challenges to EPA’s enforcement of the Clean Air Act (on air permitting and GHG regulations)–yet the Austin area has a “green” ethic.”
“Texas ranks near the bottom on national lists for many social equity, poverty, and education measures.”
I DON’T KNOW, BUT AS A FREEDOM LOVING PERSON, I BELIEVE REGIONALISM IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE PARAMOUNT TO FREEDOM, AND SOCIAL EQUITY IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT!
This Consortium promotes public-private partnerships, and it states, “Our region is increasingly seeing the benefits of public-private partnerships for sustainable development; for example, the LEED-ND Mueller neighborhood, is a partnership between Catellus and the city of Austin that embodies the Livability Principles.” Government is increasing the use of public private partnerships which is a form of fascism. The taxpayer is on the hook for the losses and rarely benefits in the gains if the private company is profitable.
Public Officials Endorsing this Plan: Betty Voights, Samuel Biscoe CAMPO Chair Policy Board, Travis Froehlick ECT Chairman, Alan McGraw Mayor of Round Rock, City of Austin, Susan Narvaiz Mayor of San Marcos, Frederick Steiner Dean at UT in Architecture, Mike Clark-Madison, IBM, Linda Watson, Julian Castro Mayor of San Antonio, Lloyd Doggett US House, Lamar Smith US House, John Carter US House, Michael McCaul US House, Kay Bailey Hutchison US Senate, John Cornyn, US Senate
These people must be exposed and voted out, or they need to explain themselves!!!
Our communities are implementing regional plans that are visions of the United Nations, USDOT and the federal government, NOT the citizens locally. This consortium is the smoking gun as far as the organizations implementing United Nations Agenda 21. For questions and comments please leave them below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a picture of the activity centers that will be home to 30 percent of the population by 2035 and contain half of the money allocated to our communities through MPO funds. Also below is an example of the stack and pack units which could conceivably make up the activity centers.
Article by Justin Padgett