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E-M:/ Milan Rezoning Fails!

Enviro-Mich message from Conan Smith <conanmec@voyager.net>

On February 22nd, by a 54% to 46% margin, Milan voters overturned the
township board's decision to rezone 1,000 acres to accomodate an
industrial railyard development proposed by the Ann Arbor Railroad.  The
project would have radically changed the nature of this predominantly
agricultural community.

The vote results were 403 No votes to 350 Yes votes.  In spite of a six
week long intensive public relations campaign by the developer, township
voters said no to the rezoning.  The opposition to the rezoning was a
grass-roots effort led by area residents.

Congratulations to the Milan Area Concerned Citizens for successfully
conserving the character of their community and opening a new discussion
on land use trends throughout Monroe County!

Information about MACC and the whole railyard proposal is available at
the MACC website:   http://users.dundee.net/railyard

Conan Smith
Land Programs Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI  48912
Ph. (517) 487-9539
Fx. (517) 487-9541

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