What people are seeing being infused into their towns’ “Master Plans” is a trend called “New Urbanism” started by planner Andrés Duany.
It is merely part of an international scheme that seeks to:
1) Redefine the political divisions of a town and make it part of a network of global mega-cities under regional and eventually, central rule. (Strengthen the connections to nearest city, regional councils rather than local elected boards making decisions, use of mostly private NGOs to influence policy, etc)
2) Confine humans into tightly controlled urban areas, while forgoing building on rural areas and discouraging the driving of cars by having them depend on government transportation such as buses and trains. (Put more empty land under the control of the government, slow traffic, remove car lanes in favor of bike lanes, add sidewalks, transit-oriented development, etc.)
2) Redistribute the wealth by forced mixing of various ages and economic levels, regardless of how the town has organically evolved. (Push for high-density construction in the form of over 55 housing, “workforce”, or section 8 housing, and more apartment buildings.)
In some states, regional councils actually DO HAVE AUTHORITY to make decisions about zoning and land use, whereas in NH our RPCs claim they do not have any decision-making authority.
In the NH State Legislature, there is a bill to reduce the number of Regional Planning Commissions (NH’s regional councils) from 9 to 5. While this may seem a step in the right direction toward eradicating these unnecessary boards altogether, it would put even more people under the control of less who serve on these unelected and unaccountable panels.