Conservationists, Bulverde Spring Branch Conservative Republicans Head for Showdown over County Parks Plan

On the agenda for approval and at issue is the Master Plan for Open Space & Natural Areas (POSNA) for Comal County, developed by the consulting firm Halff, Inc.

Hidden Valley
Canyon Lake's Hidden Valley Sports Park is one of four parks operated by Comal County. Facebook image.

Bulverde Spring Branch Conservative Republicans (BSBCR) will face off against members of the Comal County Conservation Alliance (CCCA) and other stakeholders at Thursday’s (April 4) Comal County Commissioners Court meeting.

Commissioners meet at 8:30 a.m. in the historic courthouse building, 100 Main Plaza, New Braunfels. To view the meeting live, online, click here.

On the agenda for approval and at issue is the Master Plan for Open Space & Natural Areas (POSNA) for Comal County, developed by the consulting firm Halff, Inc.

According to the county’s website, the plan represents a significant milestone in the exploration of the community’s aspirations for park enhancement and preservation of open spaces and natural areas.

“While the plan endeavors to strike a balance with the county’s limited authority over land use it represents its first significant step in understanding and responding to community aspirations for safeguarding land against excessive development while also considering the methods that align with the preferences of the voting community,” the plan reads.

Commissioners’ primary objective is to establish a unifying strategic vision and course of action that will serve “as an indispensable day-to-day reference for the dedicated staff, elected and appointed officials and the engaged public, ensuring alignment with the shared vision.”

But according to a Monday, April 1 blog post to bsbcr.com by Comal County landowner David Hindman,  this shared vision violates the U.S. Constitution and is part of a “land grab” strategy by the United Nations, which in 1992 voted on a non-binding action plan that would allow all levels of government to achieve global sustainable development by 2000.

“The plan is an attempt to use ‘development panic’ to begin to acquire land portfolios, transferring title, or partial title, of private lands into the hands of nonprofit organizations and government, through a pseudo-consensus process (manipulation) which included only 1,250 people and excludes the vast majority of Comal County voters,” Hindman said.

Development in Comal County is driven by “greedy government,” not developers, he said. “…It is, without question, driven by anti-Constitution, Marxist-Fascist ideologies.”

Hindman did not name names or connect any dots on his post but warned “at least two of your county commissioners are closely involved and actively cooperative (sic) with one or more” of the groups expected to support POSNA at the Thursday meeting.

The post also included an apparent swipe at Canyon Lake’s Doug Leecock, who faces New Braunfels resident Joyce Yannuzzi in a tight runoff election for Precinct 1 commissioner on May 28. Leecock, who also spearheads the Canyon Lake Boat Ramps Community Alliance, serves as Outreach Committee chair for the CCCA. Yannuzzi is not mentioned either in Hindman’s post, but regularly copies BSBCR’s Kaci Sisk on all email communications with MyCanyonLake. She works for State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-25.

Commissioner Jen Crownover represents Canyon Lake in Precinct 4, which includes two of the county’s four parks, the 75-acre Hidden Valley Sports Park on Mabel Jones Drive in Canyon Lake, and the Jumbo Evans Sport Park in western Comal County.

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