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“Spatial” planning on Washington’s Pacific Coast

Before you begin reading the commentary below, a few terms might need to be defined:

Spatial planning, according to Wikipedia, refers to the methods used by the public sector to influence the distribution of people and activities in spaces of various scales. Discrete professional disciplines which involve spatial planning include land useurbanregionaltransport and environmental planning. Other related areas are also important, including economic and community planning. Spatial planning takes place on local, regional, national and international levels and often result in the creation of a spatial plan.

There are numerous definitions of spatial planning. One of the earliest definitions comes from the European Regional/Spatial Planning Charter[1] (often called the ‘Torremolinos Charter’), adopted in 1983 by the European Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional Planning (CEMAT): “Regional/spatial planning gives geographical expression to the economic, social, cultural and ecological policies of society. It is at the same time a scientific discipline, an administrative technique and a policy developed as an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach directed towards a balanced regional development and the physical organisation of space according to an overall strategy.”

Numerous planning systems exist around the world. Especially in Northwestern Europe spatial planning has evolved greatly since the late 1950s.

 “Ocean Acidification” is another Agenda 21 term for the supposedly “endangered” oceans with a changing pH balance. According to Science and Public Policy, this is just another “global warming” scare to achieve control of the people.  See the Science and Public Policy story here.  (Or down the pdf here – acid_test.)







Comment by Pearl Rains Hewett

Posted 7/26/2013

Written comments will be accepted until 5 pm, September 23, 2013
Marine Spatial Planning (MSP)
After a long and trying session, Washington lawmakers approved $3.7 million for coastal and marine spatial planning onWashington’s Pacific Coast in their final budget on June 27th 2013.
Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) under the executive office of the governor

NOAA Drone Flying Experimentally Off Olympic Coast

Northwest News Network | June 20, 2013 5:09 p.m.

Civilian use of aerial drones is still greatly restricted, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has won permission to test a small unmanned aircraft off the Olympic Coast of Washington.

A two-week trial run by the federal science agency is now underway.

The NOAA drone looks like an oversized remote-control model airplane. It has a 9-foot wingspan and can fly for about two hours on battery power.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Carol Bernthal says the drone offers a cheaper, less intrusive way to take high-def video and still pictures of offshore seabird colonies. Continue reading

CityScan has a “solution” for cash-strapped cities

Scott Roberts
Freedom Foundation

Posted 5/22/2013

Washington State – It may sound Orwellian to have government watching and fining you for installing a bike rack or flower box, but if CityScan has their way, this is exactly what is coming to a town near you.

CitySan is a company that uses Nokia’s LiDAR mapping technology to create 3-D images of the built environment. They will match this data with permitting records, and then send property owners fines for anything that doesn’t match a permitting record on file. CityScan CEO David Guttman said, “For some municipalities, fixing this problem can add millions of dollars of revenue per year for cities that are cash-strapped and over budget.” Continue reading

Drones could be tested in Washington state



SEATTLE (AP) – The airport at Moses Lake could be one of six places in the nation where the Federal Aviation Administration tests drones.

A coalition of agencies and organizations in the state is bidding to create the Pacific Northwest Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Center at the Grant County International Airport.

The airport is the former Larson Air Force Base and has been used by the military and the Boeing Co. for flight training and testing. Continue reading

Drone bill prevents spying on Idaho farmers and ranchers

Capital Press

Posted 5/20/2013

BOISE — A new Idaho law that takes effect July 1 will prevent people from using drones to spy on farmers and ranchers.

A bill that has been signed into law by Gov. Butch Otter restricts people from using drones to spy on anyone but it was crafted specifically with agriculture in mind, said its sponsor, Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise.

It’s meant “to protect the agricultural community from unreasonable searchers,” said the Idaho Senate’s assistant majority leader. Continue reading

Drones: Coming to a Sky Near You?

By Lou Cannon
Real Clear Politics
– April 29, 2013

The heavens will soon be thick with drones.

That, at least, is the confident expectation of the Federal Aviation Administration and a slew of states and companies competing for a coveted designation as one of six U.S. sites that will test the capability and safety of unmanned aircraft. The FAA anticipates there will be at least 10,000 of these aircraft in the domestic skies by 2020.

 The promoters of drones avoid calling them by that name, preferring the duller technical description of “unmanned aerial vehicles,” or UAVs. That’s because “drone” to most people means the deadly remote-controlled missile launcher that is the Obama administration’s weapon of choice in waging war on terrorists. Even before their current military use, drones were a staple of science fiction, often as spy vehicles and sometimes as something much more sinister. Continue reading

The Other Drone Question: Is Obama Building a Federal Police Force?

by Tara Servatius

Posted 3/28/2013

Less than two weeks ago, Sen. Rand Paul’s demanded to know whether the president believed he had a right to kill an American citizen on American soil with a drone, finally getting an answer that had to be dragged out Attorney General Eric Holder.  An equally important, but still unasked question is whether the president intends to build a federal, drone-based “public safety” force to police local communities.

Somebody had better ask the president about this quickly, because it appears that his administration intends to use drones to actively usurp what were once local police and sheriff’s department functions. Continue reading

Seattle police ending its unmanned drone program, says McGinn

by KING 5 News

Posted 2/8/2013

SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced Thursday that the police department has ended its unmanned drone program.

“Today I spoke with Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and we agreed that it was time to end the unmanned aerial vehicle program, so that SPD can focus its resources on public safety and the community building work that is the department’s priority. The vehicles will be returned to the vendor,” McGinn said in a released statement.

The Seattle Police Department is one of 50 organizations that received permission last year from the federal government to operate unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. Continue reading

Drones take center stage as controversy grows

Washington Times

Posted 2/8/2013

DOTHAN, AL, February 7, 2013 — The buzz over drones is growing louder every day.

The White House just issued a legal memorandum outlining why the President should be allowed to assassinate US citizens if they are determined to be associated with terrorism. Specific details defining how the government would make that determination are deliberately vague.  At least some of the targeting for these supposed terrorists would use drones.

Drones are likely to be at center stage during the Senate confirmation hearing for John Brennan, Obama’s nominee to head the CIA and the purported architect of the President’s drone program.

We can also expect some high drama relating to a just released news story by The New York Times that the CIA has a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia. Apparently the White House pressured some major news outlets, including The Times and The Washington Post, to squash that information for the past year. So much for giving us “all the news that’s fit to print.” Continue reading

Wyoming Congresswoman calls for limits on domestic drone surveillance

Billings Gazette

August 02, 2012

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming congresswoman Cynthia Lummis wants to limit the use of drones for surveillance within the United States.

Lummis is one of 22 lawmakers who introduced a bill last week that would require a warrant before unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, could be used by law enforcement for surveillance. The bill would also bar federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency from using evidence collected by drones in administrative hearings. Continue reading

First Man Arrested With Drone Evidence Vows to Fight Case

Court must decide if police are allowed to use drones to help make arrests

April 9, 2012

Rodney Brossart was arrested in June.

The tiny town of Lakota, N.D., is quickly becoming a key testing ground for the legality of the use of unmanned drones by law enforcement after one of its residents became the first American citizen to be arrested with the help of a Predator surveillance drone.

The bizarre case started when six cows wandered onto Rodney Brossart’s 3,000 acre farm. Brossart, an alleged anti-government “sovereignist,” believed he should have been able to keep the cows, so he and two family members chased police off his land with high powered rifles. Continue reading

FAA Releases List of Registered Domestic Drone Operators

A wide range of public organizations—from the military to local law enforcement—are allowed to fly drones in American skies

By Greg Otto
U.S. News & World Report

April 24, 2012

A number of drones, like the Draganflyer X6 drone pictured, are in use by organizations ranging from local law enforcement to Customs and Border Patrol.A number of drones, like the Draganflyer X6 drone pictured, are in use by organizations ranging from local law enforcement to Customs and Border Patrol.

A broad array of organizations are authorized to fly drones within U.S. borders, ranging from defense contractors, to universities, and even a Midwest town with a population of less than 2,500 people.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a list of 63 authorized launch sites last week after a Freedom of Information Act request was filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Continue reading

WA farmers block federal drones and Agenda 21

by Mikael Thalen

Posted Nov. 17, 2012

The Washington State Farm Bureau just convened its 93rd annual convention.

Started in 1920, The WSFB is a voluntary, grassroots advocacy organization representing the social and economic interests of local farm and ranch families.

Every year the WSFB’s volunteer leaders from across the state get together to discuss issues and adopt new policy. The WSFB is unique in that its members, delegates from each of the 25 county Farm Bureaus, adopt the policies, ranging from land use to fiscal issues.

This year’s convention was especially exciting due to the passage of new policy, set to put a barrier against the overreach of the federal government and even foreign ones. Continue reading

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