The Community Land Grants are complex but necessary portions of the entire system. This should not be confused with the Community Land Trust Model of Sustainable Community Developments. The lands for the community developments and the community service centers will be initially purchased off the open market. Upon the successful conclusion of the purchase, the lands will be declared to be the property of the foundation(s)i that own and/or govern the location. The individual lots whereupon the homes will be built will thus, be part and parcel of the land owned by the foundation(s),
The terms of the Community Land Grant are such that the foundation may not sell the land of the Community Development except to such other foundation(s) as shall respect the terms of the Community Land Grant, even in the event of dissolution. The Community Development may not sell a house once it is “owned” by an individualii. Conversely, the homeowner will not be able to sell a home that has been granted to them under the terms of the Community Land Grant.
The basic housing will be given out under the terms of a Grant which effectively establishes a ninety-nine year lease for “ownership” of rights for the lot and home. The individual however, will be further encouraged, through the community programs available to them, to improve their situation and move into a position whereby they can lease a better home for themselves and/or their families.
Scattered throughout the world, are “Special Economic Zones” which have been strategically established to increase trade by and between nations. Property ownership is effectively forbidden in these zones, wherein the natural order of business is established upon leases for a length of ninety-nine or fifty years or such other fixed period of time as may have been established by the governing body of the special economic zone(s). Given the global nature of the Community Developments and the terms of the Community Land Grants, a very similar process has been introduced into the overall principles of the community developments in just such a fashion.
As of the time of this writing, it is most likely that all properties owned and/or transferred within the Community Developments will be transferred on conditions more akin to that of a lease. This is in accordance with global standards for ownership within Special Economic Zones and should provide for the most viable solution to property ownership while minimizing any potential for conflict arising from such leases. Upon expiration of granted leasesiii, all leases will be able to be renegotiated with rights of first refusal granted to the original grantee/lessee and/or their heirs. Those who have been “granted” a home will be deemed to be “Grantees” and those who have made provisions for a paid lease for the home will be considered to be “Lessees” (as opposed to the “Grantees”) herein, as a means to differentiate the twain.
For personal homes of grantees, right of first refusal will be limited to direct family members who have a verifiable historyiv with the original grantee and/or the home and/or property itselfv. For the personal homes of lessees, no such restrictions shall apply though the land and lot shall not be dissoluble for monetary remuneration as part of the estate of the original lessee and/or by the lessee personally.
A great many people will have a desire to run small, home-based businessesvi, especially in developing and third-world nations. To attempt to overly regulate or diminish the importance of these small operations would be to tear at the heart of the fabric of these community developmentsvii. Every effort will be made to accommodate the ability of the individual to start and run their own business interests, even at home. Planning within the community development will include some housing that provides at least a single space to allow for the Grantee/Lessee to operate their own business from home. In some cases, these small, home-based businesses will be fully or partially funded by the corporate entities, most especially for a Grantee who is/was formerly part of the underclass of societyviii receiving assistance and support from the community.
While the percentages of formerly underclass citizensix will be elevated during the early, construction phases, during the building of the underlying infrastructure and the community developments, many of these families will have people already working within the fields necessary for the construction of the community. As such, these home-based businesses will be focused on single mothers and others who may have a more difficult time receiving immediate support, lacking as they do, anyone capable of learning or practicing within the fields concerned with the construction of the community developments.
As more of the infrastructure and industry is completed and fully operational, more programs will be made available to further assist those in such dire straits, inclusive of those whose families are hindered by such debilitating issues as alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling addictions and other equally devastating illnesses and afflictions. Additional education, training and opportunities will also be made for those who decide to stay at home for whatever reason, but still wish to supplement their incomes.
The foundation(s) and/or governing body will, by necessity, own and control the corporate entities including production and industryx. This is necessary to allow for an equitable distribution of the proceeds from the corporate interests for the purpose of subsidizing the local community development. Most of the smaller businesses will still be allowed for private ownership, some as have been noted herein. Exactly what business interests will be wholly owned by private interests depends on a great many factors, many of which are not yet finalized and determined. Foundation ownership of production and logistics is a necessity especially during the early phases, as it is the only possible method for maintaining a stability of cost and not inflating (or hyper-inflating) the markets during periods of what is, for all intents and purposes, an unparalleled rate of growth.
This becomes even more urgent once it becomes readily apparent that the rate of growth is not, in and of itself, sustainable under the current market systems. Additional issues of concern are with the availability of resources and the increased usage of the resources during these times of growth. While the idea of uncapped and unchecked growth may seem appealing, especially in developing and third-world economic and financial systems, long-term economic and financial concernsxi and futures must be considered as well. An ideal solution is ownership and control of the production, the means of production and the distribution or logistical support of and for the products and/or resources by a well-regulated body that is fully and enforce-ably accountable to the people whom it shall serve.
In this manner, the costs of the resources and materials can be regulated in such a fashion so as to prevent pricing anyone out of the market while at the same time, maintaining economic and financial stability within those markets for such a time as demand does decrease back to “normal” and sustainable levels. Any failure to adequately control and regulate the markets risks causing substantial financial harm to the very people who are most in need of assistance. Perhaps the most viable solution is the formation of “parallel” economic and financial systems wherein those systems are largely contained within and mostly limited to the economics and financial impact within the community developments. At such time as there is a better sense of parity between the markets, the markets can be combined with minimal risk or disruption and economic parity can be largely eliminated from the global economic system.
If someone does wish to personally finance their entire enterprise, it is not unreasonable to expect that they would be allowed to establish virtually any business they wished to pursue. In such cases wherein the individuals do wish to establish a small business within the sustainable community developments, efforts will be made to incorporate them under the proverbial umbrella of the foundation and/or governing body in such a way that they (and their business) can still enjoy all of the benefits afforded the larger corporate entities. In this way, even small business interests can remain competitive and do their part to stimulate localized economies and at the same time, offer viable alternatives to the local people and to global markets.
Subsidies should be made available for these small business interests if not for the purposes of initial funding, at least to ensure their place within the market and their ability to capture a fair and reasonable portion of the markets within their sphere of influence. This should hold especially true for those business interests which will be necessary to maintain systemic growth and stability within the community developments but also to related business industries and trends that tend to follow and result from strong economic growth.
The small, home-based family businesses are part of most thriving communities in the developing world and in third-world countries. As such, there is no reason not to expect them to flourish within the community developments as well. However, those businesses that are directly related to the continued growth, expansion and overall sustainability of the community development need to be promoted and encouraged as well.
When properly supported, these industries will bring in additional industries that naturally follow in their path. For example, construction companies will be a necessity. Along with construction companies, there will be a need for Hardware Stores, food vans and other vendors and markets that will need to be introduced. This in turn will help to develop a more manageable and maintainable economic growth even after the initial “economic boom” is over. Thus, the small, family run business interests must be included as an absolute necessity for the overall success and sustainability of the communities.
i At the time of this writing, it is foreseen that these lands will be, in essence if not in law, “Sovereign” lands. Treaty negotiations are under way at the time of this writing with different governments to establish both the formal recognition of sovereignty and precedent regarding issues as may arise in the future regarding the ownership and control of the lands and the rightful place as an interested party of the foundation(s) in ownership and control of the lands. This should be sufficient process and justification for the creation of the Community Land Grants. The Community Land Grants are based on existing community land grants that have been created for application in similar operations in Australia and New Zealand.
ii The “individual” in this case, may be an individual and/or a family unit and/or a corporate entity within the community development.
iii The “Grantee” is one who has received their house and lot through a Community Grant whereas the “Lessee” will be any such person and/or corporate entity who has purchased, through the utilization of their own funds (be it personal or investment capital) leased said lot and/or structures on said lot.
iv This will include “Life Partners” who may (or may not) lack a “civil” certificate defining their relationship no matter what the nature of their relationship may or may not be or have been.
v Upon death, the “lease” or “grant” of a private residential structure may only be deeded to a direct family member, not to other beneficiaries outside of the original grantee. Terms of the grants will be, by necessity, stricter for the grantee than it will for a fiull lessee who has “bought and paid for” their property and home lease. In such cases wherein the home is paid for by the lessee, the ability to deed said property shall likely include the ability to “will: the property to someone outside of the immediate family for the remaining portion of the original lease. The beneficiary of this assignment may or may not have “rights of first refusal” based on such parameters as shall be established within the community itself and/or as shall be established and set forth within the Community Land Grant(s).
vi Merely as a meaningful point of reference would be the ubiquitous Sari Sari Stores in the Philippines, or small home-based stores that provide convenience for a limited amount of goods, including those commonly found in convenience stores and the Turo Turo (Point Point) where people can go to select from whatever foods may have been prepared for sale that day. The Turo Turo may or may not include many of the same offerings as the Sari Sari store in addition to prepared foods. Equally prevalent are people who raise fish, chickens, pigs and/or have other limited agricultural and or livestock production within the confines of their land.
vii There is some question and continuing debate on the direct impact of the local and global “Cooperative” as shall be established both within the individual community developments and globally for all members of the community developments on a global scale. It is not foreseen that there will be any decisive impact, positive or negative, on the Sari Sari type stores or the Turo Turo type restaurants, but the impact may be more direct when it comes to issues of agricultural and livestock production. Whether this impact will be overly positive or negative depends on various factors that can not be fully quantified or analyzed until these markets are established and fully, or at least largely operational. As such, these programs may be augmented through adaptive measures as more information becomes available and as research and analysis can be conducted on a scale sufficient for measuring direct impacts.
viii Many of the programs within the Community Developments are designed with the intent of providing direct benefits and assistance to the formerly underclass individuals. In addition to the provision of sociological support and physical support, efforts are made to assist them in learning how to conduct business in order to prepare them for the workforce and/or to own their own business interests to become more fully self-supportive and to become contributing members of society.
ix It is estimated in accordance with all of the research as has taken place that the ideal numbers of formerly indigent, homeless and/or underclass citizens will comprise roughly fifteen percent of the population. However, in the beginning phases of construction when industry and production and local services and utilities are sparse and/or spartan, and given that the vast majority of the initial vocational and training programs will be within fields related to the construction of the community developments, these numbers will be substantially higher during the initial phases of construction of the community developments.
x The charges, concerns and complaints about this being everything from a Socialist to Communist to Fascist system has been duly noted and is addressed in more detail in other locations of this document. However, as the majority Investor and Shareholder of the Corporate Entities and the primary beneficiary, is there really that much concern if the foundation returns the investments into the local community development? Ample room has been put in place for the originators of any and all tech and innovation and even for existing corporations to maintain or even improve profit margins in addition to opening up a global market and logistical support system for the corporate entities.
xi Limitations on the availability of the natural resources necessary to build and maintain these community developments will necessitate some controlling factors within the markets themselves. Any unchecked usage will drive market prices unnaturally high, effectively preventing the average business from being able to afford or consume within these markets. This problem will be further exacerbated at such a time as the growth is slowed or even stopped where these very same markets will be vulnerable to economic collapse. Ownership of the means of production is critical in order to maintain price stability and the availability of the limited natural resources and long-term financial and economic programs should be put in place to prepare for such a time as actual growth reverts back to more “normal”, sustainable levels.
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