What this means is that a development corporation can use their power to declare an area for public use and promote economic development to take private property. Economic development, urban renewal, comprehensive planning, and sustainable development are often interchanged terms used by Agenda 21. But they all mean taking control over private property and transforming cities into human settlements.
Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC) in Boise is the counterpart to the New London Development Corporation in the story. Development corporations are given power to make decisions about city planning without public input. Although this article is from California it outlines the dangers of development corporations and another explanation from The Post Sustainability Institute. Among other activities these corporations:
- Can be created without a vote of the citizens affected.
- Unlike other governments, it can incur bonded indebtedness without voter approval
- Unlike the government it has the power of eminent domain to benefit private interests.
- Can impose incremental taxing without voter consent, which means future tax revenues are diverted back to the corporation
- Project areas are governed by the development agency with its own staff and governing board.
- City council members can assign themselves to the corporation board, which happened in Boise, Mayor Dave Bieter also assigned himself to the CCDC board, another case of corporatism.
Take a few minutes and look at the CCDC projects that are in line with the development of human settlements.