14

Jun
2013

Stand up for your Private Property Rights!

For several years, the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC) staff, and their handlers, including Covington Mayor Sherry Carran, Covington City Manager Larry Klein, Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier, Lakeside Park Mayor Dave Jansing, Edgewood City Administrator Doug Beckham, Crescent Springs Mayor Jim Collett, Crescent Springs Councilman Tom Vergamini and others (we can call them the Communist Cabal), supported by Communist Cabal attorney Garry Edmondson, who recently told the Kenton County Tea Party, at a meeting, that the Constitution really doesn’t matter, have collectively spearheaded an effort to crush private property rights, and push a centralized planning model – centralized planning that they control. Communist Cabal members and their contact information are listed below if you want to let them know what you think about centralized planning.

Communist Cabal Members

Sherry Carran

Covington Mayor

Phone: 859-380-2528

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Larry Klein

Covington City Manager

Phone: (859) 292-2160

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Paul Meier

Crestview Hills Mayor

City Building: 859-341-7373

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Dave Jansing

Lakeside Park Mayor

Phone Number: (859) 341-6670

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Doug Beckham

Edgewood City Administrator

City Building: 859-331-8126

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Jim Collett

Crescent Springs Mayor

City Building: 859-341-3017

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Tom Vergamini

Crescent Springs Councilman

City Building: 859-341-3017

Gary Edmondson

Kenton County Attorney

Phone Number: 859-491-0600

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This centralized planning effort resulted in the debacle known as the Hillside Project, where they attempted to prevent hillside development in our cities, even if done safely, even if done with the support of engineers. Later, they turned their attention to pushing for riparian buffers, where, in exchange for the ability to develop your own land, you would have to agree not to develop near waterways. The same, incidentally, was true for green space, walking trails, and anything else they felt like requiring in exchange for being able to develop your own property.

When Larry Klein was Fort Wright’s City Administrator, he, and then-Mayor Gene Weaver (who is now on the NKAPC Commission), pushed a form district with the help of NKAPC staff – killing growth, development, and progress on 3L Highway in Fort Wright. Walmart was the only business that could afford to comply with the zoning regulations and was the only significant commercial development in that district for a very long time due to the oppressive regulations. Curiously, when those same regulations were removed by current Mayor Joe Nienaber and the conservatives on his City Council, economic development boomed!  In other words, Northern Kentucky's zoning laws are hostile to small businesses (Northern Kentucky's Zoning Laws are Hostile to Small Businesses, 2012).

This same group is now pushing for increased sub-division standards, adding thousands of dollars to home development by requiring drains and other requirements on new streets – instead of allowing professional engineers to approve street designs for the conditions and requiring an adequate bond. They likewise have failed to maintain their own streets, but rather than accept blame for their own mismanagement in their own cities, look to blame the big, evil developers.

Which takes us to today… Direction 2030 – NKAPC’s update of the Areawide Comprehensive Plan (Zoning and the Areawide Comprehensive Plan Update, 2012). For elected officials, the only input they have into long range, comprehensive planning is known as the Goals and Objectives portion of the Comprehensive Plan. When the Kenton County Planning Commission, to which many cities have a representative, writes the Comprehensive Plan, they must do so in a manner that follows the Goals and Objectives (The NKAPC is not Accountable to the Citizens of Kenton County, 2012).

We have previously informed you about Agenda 21 – the United Nations goal to essentially provide for government control over development, and thus, ultimately, take over the economy. Many of the Goals and Objectives contained Agenda 21 like initiatives – regionalization, regional parks, everyone gets access through your back yard if you live near a creek, and a host of other problematic issues (Agenda 21 in the Goals and Objectives of the Kenton County Areawide Comprehensive Plan Update, 2013).  As I have written in a prior article, the NKAPC is the perfect vehicle for implementing Agenda 21 due to the absence of accountability to the tax payers since none of the leadership are democratically elected to the NKAPCommission or the NKAPCouncil (Agenda 21 and the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, 2013).

Two cities – Fort Wright, led by Mayor Joe Nienaber, Councilmen Bernie Wessels and Dave Abeln, and Fort Mitchell, led by Mayor Chris Wiest, Councilmen Dan Rice, Jim Hummeldorf, Denny Zahler, and Councilwoman Kim Nachazel met with NKAPC staff and members of the Kenton County Planning Commission to work on revisions to the Goals and Objectives. They did not always agree. Not all of them are constitutional conservatives. But both sides worked in good faith to come up with compromise language.

The elected officials from Fort Wright and Fort Mitchell had inserted into the Goals and Objectives an overarching, guiding principle, that recognized property rights, but also recognized that what you do on your property has limits when it affects your neighbor; and they had inserted a provision about removing unnecessary or burdensome regulations that stop growth, creation, retention and attraction. There remained concerning language to freedom loving individuals, but, this compromise language was something all sides could live with.

Enter, again, the Communist Cabal of Covington Mayor Sherry Carran, Covington City Manager Larry Klein, Crestview Hills Mayor Paul Meier, Lakeside Park Mayor Dave Jansing, Edgewood City Administrator Doug Beckham, Crescent Springs Mayor Jim Collett, Crescent Springs Councilman Tom Vergamini and others, who, after the property rights and removal of unnecessary regulatory barriers language was inserted, led a concerted effort to have this language removed, in a manner certain to earn all of them the Order of Stalin.

At the end of the day, despite impassioned pleas from officials from Fort Wright and Fort Mitchell officials to adopt the Goals and Objectives with the protective language in them, on June 6, 2013 the Kenton County Planning Commission tabled the adoption of the Goals and Objectives with the property rights language and removal of unnecessary regulatory barriers in place. The Communist Cabal will now go back and lobby hard for the removal of this language.

The Fort Wright and Fort Mitchell officials will lobby hard to have the language kept in. And at the July meeting of the Kenton County Planning Commission, that body will take up which version to adopt.

One would think that insertion of language about property rights (as opposed to interests), which are guaranteed by the United States and Kentucky Constitution, would not be controversial. But, for many officials, including our Communist Cabal and their adherents on the Kenton County Planning Commission, the oath of office to adhere to the Constitution is an inconvenient memory that must be relived every two or four years, but not really taken seriously. One hardly has to wonder why they get that perception, when Communist Cabal Attorney Garry Edmondson tells the Tea Party the Constitution really doesn’t matter.

Members of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party, who are serious about fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government, must show up to the Kenton County Planning Commission at the July 9th meeting (6:15 PM to 8:15 PM), and ask members of that body why they feel their oaths of office are mere words, to be forgotten and ignored in carrying out their obligations, and ask why it is that they can possibly, in carrying out their responsibilities, justify removal of provisions that say “we will respect and keep in mind constitutional protections as we engage in long term land planning,” and, likewise “we are going to consider economic impact of regulations that we impose, when we impose them, and if they are unnecessary or burdensome, perhaps we’ll weigh the burdens against the benefits.” Common sense, right? Not so for many members of the Kenton County Planning Commission and the Communist Cabal. But they will have their way unless freedom loving individuals show up and fight.

What can you do? The first thing you can do is show up to the Kenton County Planning Commission meeting on July 9th (6:15 PM to 8:15 PM) and defend your private property rights. Let them know that private property rights are values that should be upheld and that you are opposed to centralized area planning. The second thing you can do is contact your NKAPC representative listed in the contact information below and let them know that you want the language safeguarding private property rights and removing regulatory barriers to remain in the Goals & Objectives of the Areawide Comprehensive Plan. Come one Kenton County! Defend your private property rights!

NKAPCouncil Contact Information

Current members of the Area Planning Council (and their alternates) are as follows:

Bromley

Mayor Dave Radford: Phone: 859-491-6497 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilman Mike Denham: Phone: 859-581-6048 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Covington

Commissioner Charles Eilerman: Phone: 859-292-2127 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mayor Sherry Carran: Phone: 859-380-2528 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crescent Springs

Councilman Tom Vergamini: City Building: 859-341-3017
Mayor Jim Collett: City Building: 859-341-3017 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crestview Hills

Councilman Frank Sommerkamp: City Building: 859-341-7373 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mayor Paul Meier: City Building: 859-341-7373 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Edgewood

Mayor John Link, NKAPCouncil Vice-President: City Building: 859-331-8126 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilwoman Nancy Atkinson: City Building: 859-331-8126 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elsmere

Mayor Marty Lenhof NKAPCouncil Secretary: Phone Number: 859-816-0616 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilwoman Gloria Grubbs: Phone Number: 859-342-9678 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Erlanger

Mayor Tom Rouse: Phone Number: 859-727-2525 Ext. 1 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilman Randy Blankenship: Phone Number: 859-727-2525 Ext. 1 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fairview

Commissioner Beverly Willman*
Commissioner William Fay.*

Fort Mitchell

Mayor Christopher Wiest NKAPCouncil President: City Building: 859-331-1212 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilwoman Kim Nachazel: City Building: 859-331-1212

Fort Wright

Councilman Adam Feinauer: City Building: 859-331-1700 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mayor Joe Nienaber, Jr.: City Building: 859-331-1700 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Independence

Mayor Chris Moriconi: Phone Number: (859) 363-2940
Councilwoman Donna Yeager Phone Number: (859)356-7532

Kenton County

Commissioner Jon Draud: Phone Number: 859.392.1400 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus: Phone Number: 859.392.1400 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kenton Vale

Councilwoman Joe Fricke*
Councilwoman Mike Burdge*

Lakeside Park

Mayor David Jansing: Phone Number: (859) 341-6670 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilman Frank Smith Phone Number: (859) 341-5067 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ludlow

Mayor Ken Wynn Phone: (859) 491-1233 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilman Randy Wofford: City Building: (859) 491-1233 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Park Hills

Mayor Don Catchen: City Building: (859) 431-6252 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilwoman Pamela Spoor: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ryland Heights

Mayor Bob Miller*
Councilwoman Barb Stephenson*

Taylor Mill

Mayor Roger Reis: City Building: 859-581-3234 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Commissioner Dan Murray: City Building: 859-581-3234 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Villa Hills

Mayor Mike Martin: City Building: (859) 341-1515 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Councilman Rod Baehner: City Building: (859) 341-1515 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*No information available online.