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Flagstaff Regional Plan Raises Concerns

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Last Thursday the long awaited draft version of the Flagstaff Regional Plan was released to the public. The plan now has a 60 day public comment period before it goes to the Flagstaff City Council and Coconino County Board of Supervisors for their approval. Once the City and County approve the plan, it will go to voters in a special election scheduled for May 20, 2014.

Before the plan was released, Flagstaff City Council member Jeff Oravits and many others raised concerns that the Regional Plan Citizens Advisory Committee was not balanced and was stacked with members of groups like F3 and other organizations with an extreme agenda.

Oravits fought to get more balance on the Committee during several council sessions but the majority of the Council said no and so the Committee remained one sided.

Now that the draft version of the plan has been released, I am receiving emails from concerned residents who say wording in the plan tramples individual liberty and private property rights. Of particular concern are the comments in the plan about social sustainability.

“Environmental, economic, cultural and social sustainability ensure that present actions are the basis for future health and prosperity.”

People are taking this to mean behavior control and the possibility of a Bloomberg style nanny state coming to the Flagstaff area.

Other concerned residents say that Smart Growth Principles which the plan is based on could hurt private property rights and even affect your right to build on property in the more rural parts of the region.

I have just started reading the plan and will be going through all 338 pages with a microscope. I strongly encourage everyone affected by this plan to read through it and provide feedback in the comments section of my blog below. I want to know your concerns and what you may like about it. I’m interested in hearing from a variety of viewpoints and opinions.

You can read the draft version of the Regional Plan HERE and provide feedback and comments through the plan website through May 31, 2013. This plan will affect every aspect of your life in the Flagstaff Area and residents need to be very familiar with it before they vote on May 20, 2014.

Draft Flagstaff Regional Plan Website:


Draft Flagstaff Regional Plan Facebook Page:


On Thursday, April 18 Flagstaff Liberty Alliance will be hosting a presentation on the Regional plan by Kim Sharp from the City of Flagstaff. This meeting is open to the public and will be held at the 4th Street Professional Building on 2501 N. 4th Street starting at 6:30 pm.


How will the 338 page Regional Plan affect you?



  1. March 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

    And after the Good Intentions Paving Company truck drives off into the sunset we can shake our heads and say, “At least they meant well”.

  2. March 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    When you hear someone say ‘sustainable development’ or ‘smart growth,’ they might as well be saying Agenda 21- the terms are used interchangeably and mean the same thing.

  3. Slim
    March 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Painful to read through. The text appears to be designed to discourage investigative citizens from reading it, And, to appear as if it says little or nothing, Which Also gives a reader the impression that it is fluff-speak without any lawful bearing or force.

    So, here is a challenge: IF it DOES give specifics, when diagrammed, cross-referenced, and otherwise decoded, then exactly What does it say? … And why didn’t it just use clear terms, such as:
    “Absolutely no (i.e.) agricultural activities will be allowed outside the specified areas–Except under guise of ‘ongoing improvements’ to the master plan, which would of course requires great quantities of expensive courting and schmoozing to any number of bodies and boards in the future.”
    “This generation of ‘leaders’ is of such high sentience and comprehension, and has such a deep level of care, responsibility, and power, that we MUST dictate an overall plan of control and direction for our offspring, who are hopelessly stupid and totally without direction, motivation, or capabilities.”

    See, that is WAY easier to understand.

    Oh yeah. This is a COMPLETELY unrelated question.
    Anyone ever look up the well documented history of climate scares and the UN? Global cooling in the 60s/70s and a plan for a world soviet… And the most active solar cycle on record warming all of the planets in our system which began a few years before the Algore invested in what was the Chicago Climate Exchange and pimped for (billions and) the international banks and multinational conglomerates and UN totalitarians, and how that all ties into UN Agenda 21 (visa viz ‘sustainability’, ‘smart growth’, et al); Or Enron and ‘carbon taxes’?

    (I was gonna go with soft-sell. Oh well.)

  4. April 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    you guys seem scared of the boogie man. He is not ecologists he is business interests read greed.

  5. April 1, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Sknutson….gullibility and total trust in ALL so-called ecologist (or business) scares me more than any boogie man. Liberty and having a say over my life and personal property mean more to me than planning my neighbors life for him to live up to GHW Bush’s Agenda 21 commitment…read greed and domination.

  6. Slim
    April 2, 2013 at 8:00 am

    So, Sknutson: Say ye that there are enough Pure-Hearted Ecologists vouching and to sanctifying these far-reaching control measures of irreputable source and background and motive? How many of them fit on a pin?

  7. April 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    The silence from the AZDailyFishwrap is . . . deafening. Imagine my complete lack of surprise. Another stealth measure to end personal sovereignty in the name of being “smart” ramps up and nobody hears about it until it’s too late for us “dumb” serfs.

  8. David A. Skopec
    April 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Elisha could I get a paper copy and lets again get out ground forces and take aim? Lets put together a comm to confront this!!!!!!! NOW!!!! Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 14:51:12 +0000 To: davidskopec@live.com

    • April 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Hi David,

      I had to get my own paper copy printed up at office max. It was fairly reasonable (about $30.00). Unfortunately, paper copies are not readily available to the public. I highly recommend everyone read this and provide their comments and concerns on the Regional Plan website. Also, please contact the City Council and County Board and let them know your concerns. Hope to see you at the Flag Liberty meeting on the 18th.

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