Livable Communities Act of 2009 – Establishes in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) an Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities (OSHC). Establishes in the executive branch an independent Interagency Council on Sustainable Communities. Requires the OSHC Director to establish a program to make comprehensive planning grants and sustainability challenge grants to eligible entities (partnerships between a consortium of units of general local government and an eligible partner, which may be a metropolitan planning organization, a rural planning organization, a regional council, or a state). Requires the use of a comprehensive planning grant to carry out a project to:
(1) coordinate land use, housing, transportation, and infrastructure planning processes across jurisdictions and agencies;
(2) identify potential regional partnerships for developing and implementing a comprehensive regional plan;
(3) conduct or update housing, infrastructure, transportation, energy, and environmental assessments to determine regional needs and promote sustainable development;
(4) develop or update a comprehensive regional plan or goals and strategies to implement an existing comprehensive regional plan; and
(5) implement local zoning and other code changes necessary to implement a comprehensive regional plan and promote sustainable development.
Requires the use of a sustainability challenge grant to:
(1) promote integrated transportation, housing, energy, and economic development activities carried out across policy and governmental jurisdictions;
(2) promote sustainable and location-efficient development; and
(3) implement projects identified in a comprehensive regional plan.
Directs the OSHC Director to study and report to specified congressional committees on incentives for encouraging lenders to make, and homebuyers and homeowners to participate in, energy-efficient mortgages and location-efficient mortgages.
ACTION TO TAKE:
1. Call Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and demand that he lead Senate Republicans in opposition to S.1619. Tell him this bill will destroy local community decisions and enforce massive federal control over our communities. Call Senator McConnell early and often. His office # is: 202-224-3135. His fax # is: 202-224-2574. His address is: S-230 Capitol Building, Washington. DC 20510-7010.
2. Call Senator John Thune, chairman of the Republican Senate Policy Committee. His committee sets Republican policy for all Senators. He must feel our heat in opposition to S.1619!!! Senator Thune’s Republican Policy Committee # is 202-224-2946. Fax # 202-224-1235. Email: [email protected]. His address is: Senate Republican Policy Committee, SR-347 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510-7064.
3. Call your state’s two U.S. Senators and demand they vote against S.1619. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121. Ask for your Senators by name. It is vital to the liberty of America that S.1619 be stopped.
For more information on what the Federal Government is trying to accomplish with this bill, go to the American Policy Center (APC) website: www.americanpolicy.org. APC has been a leader in the fight to expose and stop this agenda.
Americans For New Leadership has released a new advert which delivers a powerful 30 second message, showing that Republican candidate Sharron Angle will be a far better choice for Nevada than re-electing Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. They state:
“We know that the first step to reversing direction is to remove from office those that will advocate for growth in the size and scope of the federal government. Washington DC is broken and the only way to fix it is to send people there that understand the proper role of government and the power that regular citizens should have. We are dedicated to doing our part to help by letting every single Nevadan know what damage Harry has done to our State and our Country.”