We’ve all heard the saying, “If it is too good to be true, it probably is,” yet, how often do people fall for tall tales? On Sept. 5, as the defenders of residents’ liberty at the local level, let’s hope the Lee’s Summit City Council will allow residents to speak out to protect their rights from being hijacked by a clandestine agenda, avoiding a bum’s rush, in an attempt to deploy an apparently covert, sustainable development agenda.
Across the country, government, at all levels, is deploying a sustainable development agenda. In many cases, the Federal government comes bearing ‘gifts’ of Federal taxpayers’ money, but, there are always strings attached with the gifts. When bearing gifts, three agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency on Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation come as a package deal, and they have more in common with King Herod than with the Three Wise Men. They have mastered the deployment of political bribery.
A major challenge with understanding what the consequences of the supposed improvements embedded within the M-150 Corridor Development Overlay is the purposefully neutral, ambiguous, even disarming, wording deployed to conceal the ulterior goals of the CDO and the M-150 Sustainable Corridor Vision and Framework Plan (M-150 Corridor MASTER Plan).
A second challenge is that there are multiple documents a resident or business owner must research, in an attempt to identify the ultimate goals of these initiatives. The CDO is 55 pages and the M-150 Corridor Plan is 59 pages.
As a homeowner or landowner, are you comfortable with restrictions to landscaped area on your property, or a restriction of subdividing your property to avoid being forced into mixed use of your property? If you own commercial property, do you like the prospect of losing up to 60 percent of the parking spaces on your property? What are the goals of these un-American restrictions?
Of course, when those in authority are questioned by their subjects, and they are confronted by inconvenient facts, the reflexive response is to attack. As a resident or a business owner in Lee’s Summit, you not only have a right, but you have a responsibility to protect your freedoms, and the freedoms of your children, or your customers, against bad and abusive government. The clock is ticking. Don’t settle for a bum’s rush.
Arthur James Cameron
Roeland Park, Kan.