John Koster , a longtime conservative, who currently serves as county councilman in Snohomish County, WA ( located on the I-5 corridor just north of Seattle), announced he’s running for U.S. Congress in 2012 against liberal incumbent, Rick Larsen. Following is his excellent article explaining the threat to farmland planned by the local ICLEI “Sustainable Development” nutjobs. (FYI, I met John in the early 1990s. As I recall, he was a dairy farmer before he entered the political arena.)
In my opinion, with concern for the rising price of food and the “eat locally” mantra of Michelle and her food nazis, this Agenda 21 totalitarianism should even make liberals hopping mad! ~LTG
Significant concerns with the Sustainable Lands Strategy
By John Koster, Snohomish County Councilman
My purpose in writing this short article is to bring attention to some critically important land use changes under consideration for Snohomish County. These plans, should they succeed, will permanently alter the character of the County. At stake are thousands of acres of designated farmland coveted by environmental interests seeking ways to “enhance” salmon and wildlife habitat.
While the authors and proponents of the Sustainable Lands Strategy
(SLS) have presented these major policy changes as a “win-win” situation, others are not so sure — and remain deeply concerned with a strategy that seeks to create “fish habitat” by destroying thousands of acres of farmland, much of it by means of salt and/or fresh water inundation.
Normally, such a change would require a de-designation process that involves a justification for such de-designation, public hearings, and thoughtful decisions made by the County’s elected officials. Instead, the SLS is a short-cut that avoids such procedures and, more importantly, takes the decision-making process away from the County Council to vest the authority within a newly created bureaucracy.
The farmlands targeted for conversion to habitat would become designated as “critical areas,” and such designation is not without impact. Significant setbacks and other restrictions are likely to result. What is being sold as a worthy conservation program could morph into a much larger land control mechanism, involving restrictions on land use with accompanying penalties for property owners guilty of insufficiently “sustainable” activities. Continue reading