It was created by the Planning Board in conjunction with a program sponsored by the UN-affiliated World Health Organization (WHO), The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and facilitated by the Southern NH Regional Planning Commission (SNHRPC) which, like all of New Hampshire’s 9 Regional Planning Commissions, ‘facilitates’ the Master Plans of each town that is a member.
None of the private groups and boards mentioned above are elected or accountable, the Planning Board being appointees of the Town Council (elected).
As we’ve written about before, most of these organizations that are steering your town in certain directions, are not elected and are therefore, UNACCOUNTABLE.
The exact wording on the invitation from Bedford’s Planners reads in part, as follows:
“The Town of Bedford is partnering with regional planners and non-profit organizations, including the Southern NH Planning Commission, AARP and Tufts Health Foundation, to help plan for changing demographics and ensure the community is as welcoming as possible to residents and visitors of all ages. But we need your help! To help better understand these issues, we would like to hear from you to get your input on issues spanning housing, recreation, transportation, and economic development in Bedford.
Your answers will be be used to help inform the Bedford Master Plan, a long-range planning document that will help guide Town decisions for years to come. So on to the questions and please help us spread the word by sharing the link in your social networks. Thank you for your participation! If you have any questions, please contact Mark Connors in the Planning Department at email@example.com”
They call it an ‘Age-Friendly Survey’ but then go on to say it’s geared to finding out what people of other ages would want to make Bedford more ‘livable’ as if Bedford is currently not livable for all ages. It also indicates that these groups have ‘recreation, transportation, and economic’ concerns as well.
Since they did not mention specifically what the other “non-profit organizations” were, we investigated, and upon further examination we found that they had been approached by the WHO/AARP.
The AARP made this statement by about the program on its website:
“The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities is an affiliate of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization.”
Parallel ‘trend’ of urbanization?
“The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities program is a tool that can be used by AARP staff and others to help local leaders prepare and ultimately change their communities to become great places for everyone to live.”
Bedford is not already a ‘great place to live’? Who asked for it to be changed?
“Members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities become part of a global network of communities that are committed to giving their older residents the opportunity to live rewarding, productive and safe lives.”
Do you think seniors in Bedford do not already “live rewarding, productive, and safe lives”.
So there you have it. AARP is an affiliate of the World Health Organization, a subdivision of the United Nations, and it wants to influence your local Master Plan by changing your town, enabling social engineering, and promoting “urbanization”.
Other towns that now may be affected are:
Albany (July 2018)
Bartlett (July 2018)
Conway (July 2018)
Dover (July 2018)
Eaton (July 2018)
Freedom (July 2018)
Goffstown (June 2018)
Jackson (July 2018)
Madison (July 2018)
Portsmouth (June 2018)