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E-M:/ ENVIRONMENTALISTS SUPPORT GOVERNOR'S LAND USE HOT LIST




> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> November 3, 2003
> Contact:  	Conan Smith				Lana Pollack
> 	734-649-2992			517-487-9539
> 
> ENVIRONMENTALISTS SUPPORT GOVERNOR'S 
> LAND USE "HOT LIST"
> Coordinated land use planning tops discussion of coming budget woes
> 
> LANSING - The Michigan Environmental Council praised Governor Granholm
> today for stepping forward with her administration's "short list" of land
> use reforms at a meeting of 600 local government officials and business
> interests in Grand Rapids.  The Michigan Environmental Council has been
> actively advancing several of the policies intended to limit the costly
> waste of unplanned growth.  
> 
> "I'm pleased with the Governor's commitment to protecting Michigan's
> landscapes and following through on her 'Cool Cities' initiative," says
> Lana Pollack, Michigan Environmental Council President and member of the
> bipartisan Michigan Land Use Leadership Council (MLULC). "However, I wish
> she'd gone farther in giving notice that her administration is eliminating
> tax breaks for new development in green spaces; ending state support for
> new private construction that doesn't pay its own way; and using the
> savings to support our tax-starved downtowns and cities."
> 
> The Michigan Environmental Council noted its strong support for Context
> Sensitive Solutions, a new set of more flexible road design standards that
> would ensure that roads are not only more aesthetically pleasing but
> integrate a wider range of mobility options, including transit and
> non-motorized choices.  With an improved public participation process that
> could reduce costly construction delays, Context Sensitive Solutions is
> another cost-saving MLULC recommendation that showed up on Granholm's
> short list. 
> 
> "It's great that the Governor has added Context Sensitive Solutions to her
> transportation agenda," said Conan Smith, Land Programs Director at MEC.
> "Like her Preserve First policy, this is a way to address the fundamental
> link between transportation and land use in Michigan.  By building
> one-size-fits all roads, we have often destroyed the character and
> communities that make our state a destination.  Context Sensitive
> Solutions offers a way to meet our transportation needs while protecting
> our unique quality of life."
> 
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