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11/6/2012 2:52:00 PM
Group seeks to repeal county comprehensive plan

Steve Ayers
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE - Two Camp Verde men, Mark Pentecost and Charles Warnacutt, have filed a political committee statement of organization with Yavapai County for the "Committee to Repeal the Yavapai County Comprehensive Plan."

Neither Pentecost nor Warnecutt responded to requests to be interviewed, except to state they were busy at this time.

However, an application for an initiative petition serial number, filed along with the organizational papers, states that the two object to language in the plan threatening to implement "Agenda 21 protocols" and increased regulation.

They state that the plan "appears to install United Nations Agenda 21 protocols that confuse the Yavapai County Land Use Regulations and disregard the sovereign Constitutional laws of the U.S. and Arizona, and also appear to increase Regulations on the use of private land within the county."

Agenda 21 is a voluntary comprehensive plan of action passed by member countries of the United Nations, including the United States, calling for sustainable development on a global scale.

The Republican National Committee has supported the opinion that Agenda 21 erodes national sovereignty. An attempt to prohibit government participation in the plan previously failed in the Arizona Legislature.

Yavapai County Development Services Director Steve Mauk denies the plan has anything to do with Agenda 21.

"It makes no reference to the plan, and Agenda 21 never came up during any of the discussions," he said.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors formally adopted the plan on Sept. 17, after nearly two years of public meetings and input from dozens of state, county and municipal agencies.

The document serves as a guide for both the board of supervisors and the Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commission when making land use and other decision and recommendations. State statutes require that all counties have comprehensive plan and that they be updated every 10 years.

According to Lynn Constabile, Yavapai County elections director, the two men will need to collect 8,148 signatures.

However, because the measure can't go on the ballot until November 2014, the two have until July 7, 2014, to raise the required signatures.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: Atlas Shrugged

Please research Agenda 21 is all I can say. It is very true what these guys from Camp Verde are saying.

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