The Texas Libertarian Party presents a forum: On Liberty and Urban Planning


Start date: 
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 7:00pm
End date: 
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 8:30pm


Marriott at Champions Circle
3300 Champions Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76177


The Texas Libertarian Party presents a forum:

On Liberty and Urban Planning


Despite being a high-dollar, high-stakes activity which involves how we travel and where we live, work and place, urban planning remains out of eyesight for the average citizen. There’s a good reason for this: most urban planning takes place in a complex web of nonprofits, NGOs, and local government organizations, with federal guidelines and grants also thrown in for good measure.


But the questions of urban planning are fundamental: What goals do we as a community have? How can we encourage them? And is what we want the same as what planners want?


“Sadly, there is almost no light shed on urban planning policies – policies which affect the day-to-day life of citizens, their property values, and their property rights. Questions about the democratic natural of the process, the unforeseen consequences and the beneficiaries of contracts and rezoning all need to be asked”– Caroline K. Gorman, LP Texas member and debate moderator.


Fortunately, the Libertarian Party is here to enter the breach and supply some new solutions. Join us on September 7 at the Marriot at 3300 Champions Circle, Fort Worth, for a forum on urban planning. The panel is from 7 to 8:30, with a social hour before from 6 to 7.


The participants include:

  • Barry Klein is president of the Houston Property Rights Association which was organized in 1992. Barry has played a role in helping property rights activists in a dozen jurisdictions around the U.S. defeat zoning proposals. He has helped organize several petition drives and follow-up efforts to bring proposals before the Houston electorate, and is currently advising activists in 10 Texas cities who have completed or are contemplating petition drives for charter amendments.


  • Randy Dunning who has been involved in Texas politics since 1988. In 2002, Randy was elected to the Garland City Council and reelected to that position in 2005. During his tenure on Council Randy was elected Mayor Pro Tem as well as being appointed Chairman of two Council Subcommittees. In 2011 Randy was invited to Iowa to train the leadership team of Strong America Now in door to door, retail politics.


  • John Basham, President of Texans for Government Transparency and activist with Trinity River Vision. He is professionally employed as a chief meteorologist for the Storm Spotter Project.
  • Vince May, Vince May has been interested in transportation, the movement of people and goods, since before he was first licensed to drive. Now that state organs have focused on transportation as a means of controlling and taxing people, his interest has only grown.



The Libertarian Party of Texas was founded in 1973 and since then was worked to uphold the principles of liberty at the state level. Last year the Libertarian Party placed more than 120 candidates on the ballot. In the past ten years, the LP Texas has seen steady growth in the percentage of votes going to Libertarian candidates. Please see lptexas.org for more information.




Please contact Caroline K. Gorman, member of the State Libertarian Executive Committee, at 915-497-5816, for more information.