We have recently heard from PG City that a ‘4 block Civic Center Plan’ has not been adopted or voted in by the council. They are saying there is a real ‘4 block Civic Center Plan’, but it’s just a general “guideline”, not adopted in formally as city code or law.
Well, it’s all about word play. There is a document called “4 block Civic Center Plan” in the city, that hasn’t been adopted in, but the city has created it, used it to pay over $56,000 to hire MOCHA to vet it, purchased property east of the currently police and fire department to build it, talked about it over and over for years in city council meetings and created a financial GO Bond for the citizens to vote on,….but alas, it’s only a guideline, not adopted in.
We disagree…….and we can prove it.
There are two city adopted and voted in plans, both contain the Civic Center portion which includes a city hall, new library, police, fire, park, water feature, arts department, amphitheater, retail shops, etc. Located in the PG City General Plan (adopted 2007) and again in the Downtown 2020 Action Plan (adopted 2008) , and the Downtown Design Guidelines. This Civic Center will be downtown and take up either 2, 3, 4 blocks at least, with what features they have inside. Inside you can read the words these plans and see for yourself. Just make sure you are looking at the most current version, they are all revised and adopted in again. Today on the PG City website, under PLANNING, we have the old versions.
All city plans were brought to us by Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG) who came to our city and used their people, Federal Government funds, and software to help our city adopt in each plan one by one, starting in 2006. MAG is the unconstitutional regional Federal arm that has taken the place of our County seat and we will be writing more Constitutional Alerts on this fun Federal mess.
In our plans, if a citizen wants to amend the city general plan they must do the following…..
The public may request amendments to the Plan. Applicants must show that any amendment of the Plan
1. Is in harmony and consistent with City land use ordinances,
2. Is in the best interest of the City
3. Promotes the general welfare of the community
4. Maintains or improves the quality of life for the citizens of Pleasant Grove
Notice it’s doesn’t say in harmony and consistent with the constitution, our republic, the individuals private property rights, best interest of the individual, but must promote the general welfare of the collective and improve the quality of life for the collective.
There is a lot of speak about STANDARDS and GUIDELINES. But BOTH are tied to the city PLAN and city CODE law. Which means plan over private property rights. Collective over Individual, not what our founders and Constitution require.
Below is an excerpt from the DownTown2020 Action Plan (page 16), adopted in by city council 2008. This plan, like the others has a section inside that talks about the civic center to be NEW, not add on, fix or restore. Although the actual location, build and design was not done yet, it must meet the specification and objectives of this plan that was adopted in, and the STANDARDS and GUIDELINES.
STANDARDS are tied to city code and are forced to code law. Guidelines are not. The plan says the future civic center must meet both.
“A prevailing opinion through these planning processes is that an effective downtown in Pleasant Grove is dependent on its remaining the center for public uses, including general government uses, library facilities, cultural facilities, the post office, the senior center, a future transit station and public open spaces. Each of these uses not only brings people to downtown, but enables downtown to maintain its position as a center of social life in the community.”
“Although the exact location, composition and design of new civic structures are yet to be determined, the detail and specifications should be steered by the objectives of this plan and the Pleasant Grove Downtown Village Design Standards and Guidelines.”
I ask you all to read up on our city plans, every word, highlight, gather facts and get ready.
Because we have formed a very detailed plans of our own.
1. Education Plan to teach every PG Citizens how our Constitutional Republic works
2. Restoration Plan to restore the republic
3. Financial Plan to pay off our $62 million dollar bond debt, savings for all accounts and remove all subsidizing and use of tax money from the citizens
4. Government Form Plan to restore our city government form to what the founders gave us
We know that the power of city government is in the hands of the individual citizen, but today the power of city government is in the hands of the CITY ATTORNEY
And all will be restored to their proper place
Lisa Liddiard and Jennifer Baptista
PGVoices for responsible government following Constitutional principles. True Conservatives who stand for private property rights, limited government and a free market economy. This blog will be a combined effort to give you easy to understand researched local government information.