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E-M:/ Ann Arbor Greenbelt powers more victories



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Enviro-Mich message from Andrew Mutch <andrewimutch@yahoo.com>
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The Ann Arbor Greenbelt continues to move forward with
several key victories yesterday. 

In Scio Township, which lies just west of the City of
Ann Arbor, the voters approved a millage to fund the
preservation of farmland and open space by a margin of
74.6% Yes to 25.3% No. The approval of this millage
was critical to allowing the Township to partner with
the City of Ann Arbor for greenbelt projects in the
Township. Ann Arbor requires Townships to assist with
funding of greenbelt projects within their boundaries.
Scio joins Ann Arbor Township as the second
Greenbelt-area Township to have a dedicated millage
for farmland preservation. 

In Ann Arbor Township, the Township Clerk Catherine
Braun was ousted by her Democratic challenger. Braun
is involved in a lawsuit with the Township which is
trying to force the Township to allow farmland owned
by Braun and her husband to be developed as a massive
mobile home park in a critical agricultural area of
the Township. 

In Northfield Township, which lies just north of Ann
Arbor Township, candidates supported by Northfield
Neighbors appear to have won a majority of seats on
the Township Board including the post of Township
Supervisor. The current Board had been strongly
opposed to the Ann Arbor Greenbelt proposal and had
been encouraging more development in the Township.
Voters had successfully rolled back a rezoning of
farmland in May through a referendum. Candidates
supported by Northfield Neighbors are expected to be
more pro-farmland preservation and less
pro-development. 

All together, these victories show that the Ann Arbor
Greenbelt proposal is winning minds and pocketbooks of
voters. 

Andrew Mutch
Novi

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