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



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Enviro-Mich message from Andrew Mutch <andrewimutch@yahoo.com>
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As in everything, the key ingredient is the context of
the proposal. In some MI cities, a proposal of 8 units
per acre is low-density development. But in many rural
and even suburban townships, a development with a
density of 8 units per acre, even with 50% open space,
is a planning disaster. There simply is not the
infrastructure to support that level of density.

For discussion purposes, some guidelines could
include:

No high density development unless:

* Public water and sewer
* Paved roads serving site
* Public or private open space/park which includes
usable recreation areas
* Adjacency to existing high density development or
incorporated city or village
* Not adjacent to active agricultural areas 
* Adequate public safety (police/fire)
* Adequate capacity in local school district
* Ability to contain and control stormwater runoff. 

Too often, rural communities are being overwhelmed by
these 8 unit/acre developments that are located where
they simply cannot be supported. Both the host
communities and the residents of these developments
lose while the developers pocket the profit and walk
away.

Low-density developments must include:

* Preserved open space or agricultural areas 
* Preservation of environmental features
(woodlands/wetlands)
* Buffers when adjacent to active agricultural areas
when planned for long-term agricultural use
* Natural stormwater control

Andrew Mutch
Novi

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