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Enviro-Mich message from Julie Stoneman <juliemec@voyager.net>
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ACTION ALERT 	from the Land Stewardship Initiative. . .
. . .A project of the Michigan Environmental Council

CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TODAY, Thursday, May 27(Capitol switchboard-
517-373-1837)

Late last night, the House Appropriations Committee NARROWLY passed
an amendment in the DEQ budget requiring the Department
to consider the impacts of grants, loans or technical 
assistance on urban redevelopment and existing public
utilities and infrastructure.  It also mandates the department to encourage
cooperation and coordination between local, regional and state
jurisdictions as well as requires that state projects and local grants
funded through state or federal funds consider compatibility with local
comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances.  (This is the same language that
was
defeated in committee last Friday.)  Although it requires consideration
only, this is an important step for a state agency to
begin to think about its impact on urban sprawl.  And it was vigorously
fought by the Home Builders and others.  Rep.
Bill Byl (R-Grand Rapids) is the sponsor of the amendment.

The DEQ budget bill will be taken up on the House floor
today.  The development lobby will be making every attempt
to strip Byl's language.  PLEASE ASK YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TODAY
TO VOTE NO ON ANY AMENDMENTS THAT WOULD REMOVE LANGUAGE
REQUIRING THE DEQ TO CONSIDER IMPACTS OF GRANTS AND ASSISTANCE
ON URBAN REDEVELOPMENT.

In other heartening news, the House passed the Consumer Services
and Industry budget yesterday with the following language regarding
land purchased with strategic fund money for economic development:
"It is the intent of the legislature that priority be given to purchases
where the proposed use of the land is consistent with a regional
land use plan, will result in the redevelopment of an economically
distressed area, can be supported by existing infrastructure, and
will not cause shifts in population away from the area's population
centers."  Again, the development lobby made every attempt to have
this language removed and will continue their efforts when it gets
to conference committee for Senate concurrence in the next week.
More on this later.
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www.mienv.org/lsi.htm

Julie Stoneman
Director of Land Programs
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Dr., Suite 2A
Lansing, MI  48912
Ph:	517-487-9539
Fax:	517-487-9541
Email:	juliemec@voyager.net


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