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Re: E-M:/ High Density Developments to Preserve Agricultural Land???



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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne P. Couture" <couture@jasnetworks.net>
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> I agree that urban and rural communities need to provide the 
> appropriate planning and zoning options for their particular 
> circumstances, such as PUD in urban areas.  Living in a rural 
> community with fabulous water resources and natural features (Ross 
> Twp., SW Michigan), we are discussing mandating Open Space development 
> for our residential communites.
>
> I like your suggestion regarding a TDR program involving transfer of 
> development credits from rural to urban areas, although practically 
> difficult to implement in Michigan absent some meaningful regional 
> planning.  Hopefully Governor Granholm's Land Use Leadership Council 
> will come up with some creative recommendations and solutions...



Kris Olsson wrote:

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> Enviro-Mich message from Kris Olsson <olssonk@umich.edu>
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> I don't know anything about the Yackness proposal, but, generally, 
> many (and me too) would argue that in areas where infrastructure is 
> provided (i.e. urban areas) shouldn't even use the open space zoning, 
> which leaves a substantial amount of the parcel undeveloped.  In these 
> areas, we should be encouraging as much infill, urban, walkable, 
> livable-city style development as possible to make most efficient use 
> of the infrastructure and take as much pressure as possible off of the 
> surrounding rural/open/agricultural lands.  This would of course 
> include provisions for plenty of city parks, like in Ann Arbor, or New 
> York City, or Washington DC.  Ideal would be  a TDR program where the 
> community could transfer development credits into the urban area to 
> increase density, and out of the rural/ag area, to truly protect open 
> space where it should be protected.
>
> Kris Olsson
> Huron River Watershed Council
> 1100 N. Main Suite 210
> Ann Arbor, MI  48104
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> Anne P. Couture wrote:
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>> Enviro-Mich message from "Anne P. Couture" <couture@jasnetworks.net>
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>> Higher density residential  developments are not necessarily a bad 
>> thing if implemented through Open Space zoning.  The concepts of Open 
>> Space development embody several conservation planning principles.  
>> Some communities offer a density increase as an incentive to utilize 
>> open space (conservation) planning principles and design.
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>> Shannon Carravallah wrote:
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>>> Enviro-Mich message from Shannon Carravallah <scarravall@yahoo.com>
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>>> Irving Yackness, representing the Building Industry
>>> Association of Michigan, said Granholm's goals of
>>> preserving agricultural land and open space can be met
>>> by allowing higher-density developments.
>>>
>>> The Building Industry Association is proposing
>>> communities allow eight units per acre on 50 percent
>>> of their land with access to water and sewer services,
>>> and allow one unit per acre on land without water and
>>> sewer services.
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>>> "We believe these objectives can be met by zoning for
>>> higher density," Yackness said.
>>>
>>>> From The Oakland Press article LAND GROUP WANTS TO
>>>
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>>> SAVE WETLANDS
>>>
>>> http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=7785602&BRD=982&PAG=461&dept_id=467992&rfi=6 
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