HOUGHTON -- League of Women Voters of the Copper Country, in accordance with its local Land Use position, calls on members and citizens to, please, take the time to become familiar with the following issue: Presently a small, but vocal, group, the Concerned Citizens of the U.P. (CCUP), is stridently demanding that the Master Plan be rejected by the Houghton County Commissioners.
Mary Sears, director of Concerned Citizens of the Upper Peninsula (CCUP), a Tea Party group, speaks at the March 12 public meeting on the Houghton County Master Plan in the Portage Lake District Library. She presents CCUP's view that the Master Plan will lead to county zoning. Planning commissioners at the meeting replied that the Plan is merely a guide and the Houghton County Board of Commissioners has gone on record saying the County has no intention to adopt county zoning. (Photo by Keweenaw Now)
CCUP's opposition to the plan is because they consider it to be a first step in a conspiracy to impose County-Wide Zoning on Houghton County and to take away property rights from landowners. This contention is repeated at every public comment opportunity, despite the board of commissioners being on record as opposed to county wide zoning, preferring that each local entity make those choices for itself. Further, CCUP seems to believe that the Master Plan is an attempt to seize greater government control of private property in accordance with what they call a United Nations conspiracy, Agenda 21, whose purpose, they assert, is to create a single world government, at the expense of the sovereignty of the United States. ...
Click here to read the rest of this County Master Plan Adoption Support Information Sheet, from the Copper Country League of Women Voters, including reasons for supporting the Master Plan and contact information for the Houghton County Board of Commissioners. The public comment period extends through June 19, 2012.
Click here to read the Houghton County Master Plan draft, dated March 20, 2012.
See our updated March 18, 2012, article, "Tea Party views dominate meeting on County Master Plan."