It is not arguable what “our future” in Sevier will be like if Our Smokies Our Future (OSOF) blueprint plan is adopted by local government.
Assuming a “buy-in” by local elected officials, federal taxpayer funding will finance the new real estate development that will take place.
As with more than 600 other local governments that have undergone precisely this same OSOF procedure, here is what acceptance of the “carrot-and-stick” federal taxpayer money will absolutely mandate for Sevier’s citizens: open-space imperatives, burdensome prohibitive zoning, in-perpetuity conservation easements, limits on resource extraction (including, at some point, water from wells), land-usage prohibitions, and eminent domain.
Add to these “wonderful, appealing ideas”—a local environmental police force will provide enforcement as an unrecognizable Sevier County gradually emerges right before our eyes . . . and we did not even see it coming, ignoring all the fact-based warnings. Our Smokies Our Future advocate/visioning facilitator, Gianni Longo of New York, tells Sevier citizens none of these facts—facts that have become reality in 600 localities in the U.S. thus far.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.