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E-M:/ A story of stumps, crops and zoning

A story of stumps, crops and zoning
First of a three-part series

Clous' critics say his property represents both an environmental disaster and a massive loophole in land-use regulation.
      They point to Clous' alleged violations of state and local wetlands and soil erosion laws and say the state's "right to farm" act is being turned on its head to clear the way for profitable land development.
      "Exemptions, benefits and other incentives designed to encourage the continuation of agriculture should not be used to promote new development - and that's exactly what's happening here," said Hans Voss, executive director of the Michigan Land Use Institute and a member of a land-use advisory task force appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.