There are few political third rails in the world of planning like Agenda 21, a nonbinding United Nations resolution often found at the center of planning controversies in the United States.
President of the United Nations General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft announced new United Nations Form-Based Code Guidelines today, as part of the recently ratified COP 21 climate agreement.
Form-based codes are a relatively new invention of development regulation, relying on issues of form rather than land use as organizing principles.
What could go wrong with adding a new-fangled and complex regulatory scheme to an already controversial international policy directive? A lot, actually, and the United Nations is counting on it.
Lykketoft responded to questions about the potential controversy that would surround the Form-Based Code Guidelines by insisting that Agenda 21 is not a U.N. plot to overthrow the sovereignty of the United States. "It's actually just a U.N. plot to annoy planners," said a noticeably smug Lykketoft before dropping the mic and getting on a private jet with Kanye West.
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