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E-M:/ Welcome, Governor Engler!

Enviro-Mich message from "Patrick Diehl" <patmec@voyager.net>

We were pleased to learn that Governor John Engler has decided to embark on
a study of Smart Growth policies in order to prevent excessive development
and expansion while ensuring sound economies in Michigan.  His announcement
at the recent National Governors' Association meeting - together with
Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, a national leader on smart growth
issues - is encouraging to many who have advocated for these policies for
several years.

The Smart Growth Agenda that the Michigan Environmental Council and our
partners and allies have developed includes statewide, coordinated
goal-setting; regional impact coordination; integrated and adequately-funded
state and local programs (e.g. Purchase of Development Rights); urban
service districts and growth boundaries; fiscal incentives for better
planning and growth management; and other tools for local governments to use
in the fight to preserve the character of their communities and the
viability of their local economies.  Our coalition studied the progress
Maryland has achieved in the land use arena for some time and designed a
framework for land use reform based in part on Maryland's success.

Twenty-four organizations have committed to a Smart Growth Agenda in
Michigan to date, including the League of Women Voters of Michigan, the
Michigan Land Use Institute, the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan
United Conservation Clubs, the Ecology Center and the Mackinac Chapter of
the Sierra Club.  For more information, contact Conan Smith or Dusty Fancher
at (517) 487-9539.

Patrick Diehl
Associate Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, Michigan 48912
517-487-9541 fax
e-mail: patmec@voyager.net

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