Facing Down the So-Called Agenda 21 ‘Conspiracy’ Lessons for Planners

9 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2015 Last revised: 23 Jul 2015

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John C. Dernbach

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

Date Written: February 2015


In the last several years, proposed land use decisions in the United States frequently have been subject to claims that they were influenced in undesirable ways by Agenda 21, the international strategy for sustainable development adopted at the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. Those making these claims work from a bogeyman version of Agenda 21 created by a well-funded anti-government, pro-property rights cottage industry that portrays Agenda 21 in demonstrably false ways. Using a land use controversy in Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania as a case study, this article explains how local planners and officials can address these claims when they are made.

Keywords: sustainable, sustainability, land use, Agenda 21, UN Conference on Environment

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K32, Q00, Q01, Q10, Q2, Q3, Q4

Suggested Citation

Dernbach, John C., Facing Down the So-Called Agenda 21 ‘Conspiracy’ Lessons for Planners (February 2015). Planning Magazine, February 2015, Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2520593

John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School ( email )

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Harrisburg, PA 17110-9380
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