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Re: E-M:/ macomb county wetland permits



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Enviro-Mich message from Andrew Mutch <amutch@waterford.lib.mi.us>
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I noticed on the DEQ site that their are 17 communities in Oakland County listed as having local wetlands ordinances - Macomb County - zero.

http://www.deq.state.mi.us/lwm/grt_lakes/wetlands/localgov.htm

Andrew Mutch
Planning Commissioner, City of Novi

Bonnie Shupe wrote:

> Speaking of adopting local wetland ordinances, that is next on our list after we adopt a stormwater ordinance.  Is there any advice you might have on going about this process?  Right now we're working with a volunteer organization who is doing a wetlands inventory.  We've heard that is the first step.  Any advice is welcome.
> Bonnie Shupe
> Cannon Township Clerk & Watershed Administrator
>
> >>> Andrew Mutch <amutch@waterford.lib.mi.us> 08/01/00 10:49AM >>>
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> Enviro-Mich message from Andrew Mutch <amutch@waterford.lib.mi.us>
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> I would put a positive spin on this and say that it is a good sign that the
> developers are talking to the DEQ -- it means that someone in Macomb County is
> rattling enough cages that the developers are getting nervous that they might
> actually have to follow the rules - imagine that!
>
> I don't know how many Macomb County communities have local wetland ordinances but
> I'm guessing that very few of them do.  This probably accounts for the low permit
> numbers - the DEQ isn't going to get involved unless it has to [or is forced to]
> -- in Oakland County, many local communities require contact with the DEQ as part
> of the local wetlands review so you see much higher numbers, even if the review is
> cursory.  Unless or until local communities in Macomb County start adopting local
> wetlands ordinances, those numbers are going to stay low.
>
> Andrew Mutch
> Planning Commissioner, City of Novi
>
> Dave Dempsey wrote:
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> > Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>
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> > Thanks for the recent posting about the DEQ's efforts to be
> > builder-friendly in Macomb County when it comes to wetlands permits.  One
> > would hardly think the agency could get friendlier...it appears many
> > developers don't even bother to apply for permits, so what are the delays
> > that so concern them?
> >
> > The following statistics are interesting.  Remember that Macomb County is a
> > coastal county, yet it consistently falls below its neighbors in wetland
> > permits.
> >
> > 1998 permits
> >
> > Oakland County, 168
> > Wayne County, 44
> > Macomb County, 21
> >
> > 1999 permits
> >
> > Oakland County, 155
> > Wayne County, 60
> > Macomb County, 32
> >
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