Smart Growth & Property Rights

Do you own your own home or business property? Think you have a right to own that property? Think again… Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Eminent Domain and the Kelo law BEG TO DIFFER.

Kelo v. City of New London, was a Supreme Court Case in 2005, ruling on the issue of using eminent domain for the reason of economic development. They ruled the town had the right to take land from the private property owner with “reimbursement” (at below market value)  for economic development. Now a days, especially in VT, “economic development” is “Smart” & Sustainable development. Private Property is subject to the Kelo ruling as president. Property doesn’t even need to be labeled as blighted for the Kelo “law” to be used.

Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, and Kelo:
Organized theft, by any name – August 2005

….John Adams said,

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God; and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.”

One would be hard-pressed to find a single word in the writings of the Founding Fathers to support the premise that it’s okay to take private property for economic development. To the contrary, they believed that the root of economic prosperity is the protection of private property….

Sustainable Development is top-down control, a ruling principle that affects nearly every aspect of our lives, including; the kind of homes we may live in; water policy that dictates the amount each American may use in a day; drastic reductions of energy use; the imposition of public transportation; even the number of inhabitants that may be allowed inside city borders. Most Americans have heard of a small part of this policy, operating under the name Smart Growth….

In order to meet such goals, federal, state, and local governments are scrambling to impose strict policies on development and land use. The use of Eminent Domain has become a favorite tool. Sustainable Development calls for partnerships between the public sector (your local government) and private businesses.

http://www.freedom.org/board/articles/deweese-805.html

Kelo Backlash Could Lead to Restoration of Property Rights…  June 2005

…On June 23, 2005, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court that private property can be taken by government for the purpose of economic development. Where Kings of England were once forbidden, the threshold is now open for a mere director of economic development to come crashing through, evict the poorest man, seize his cottage, rip it down, and sell what’s left to corporations and wealthy home buyers….

Distilled to its essence, Justice Stevens’s ruling has not just entitled the rich to prey upon the poor, but it also supports a process that encourages them to do so and thereby grants planners the resources and violence of the state to facilitate their acquisitive interests.

full article – http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2005/06/Kelo-Backlash-Could-Lead-to-Restoration-of-Property-Rights-Lost-to-Smart-Growth-and-Eminent-Domain-Abuses

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