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SG-W:/ Re: response to Scio request (fwd)




>
> Hello!
>
> The Huron River Watershed Council can offer general information about what
> communities can do to plan for growth in a more environmentally sound way.
> We do not generally comment about specific development proposals (if we
> did, with 63 different communities and 900 square miles of area to cover,
> that would be all we did), but we do provide citizens with information
> from our library and files.
>
> For this particular situation, I would recommending getting maps of the
> natural features of the area, including wetlands, steep slopes, woodlands,
> groundwater recharge areas, and (as you seem to have done) records of rare
> or threatened species.  Since this site may have such a species, I would
> recommend calling the Michigan Natural Features Inventory, in Lansing,
> which is a joint program of the DEQ and the Nature Conservancy, and let
> them know about this.
>
> I would also suggest you suggest to the Planning commission that strong
> stormwater management be required on the site.  Specifically, they should
> follow the Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner's standards, which are the
> best in the State.
>
> As far as promoting sound planning policies in Scio township beyond this
> specific development, we have in our office many model ordinances to
> protect wetlands, natural features, etc., and promote more compact central
> towns surrounded by open space and farmland.  The best way a community can
> protect open space and farmland is to explore more compact (and yes, high
> density) developments in particular areas that are less environmentally
> sensitive, and permanently protect (though Purchase or Transfer of
> Development Rights) or at least discourage development in the larger part
> of the community.
>
> the reason the Huron River is still in such good shape (it is the highest
> quality urban river in Michigan) is because of much open space still
> exists in our headwaters.  As we consume more and more land per household,
> that open space is disappearing.  Keeping urban areas compact by promoting
> infill development and redeveloping land within villages and cities, while
> preserving open space and farmland, is the best way to maintain the
> Huron's quality.
>
> Kris Olsson
>
> On Tue, 18 Jan 2000 Kpknol@aol.com wrote:
>
> >
> > Recently formed group of Scio Twp. residents opposed to proposed
development
> > on a 50 acre parcel adjacent to a 20 acre wetland.  Local developer
proposes
> > a PUD; removing many acres of mature trees, filling portions of the
wetland,
> > and destruction of habitat for a rare butterfly (wild indigo duskywing).
> > Many residents spoke out against this proposal at the Scio Township
Planning
> > Commission meeting on January 10, 2000.  We would appreciate any
suggestions
> > regarding review of the relevant codes, master plan and effective
strategies.
> >
> > Anyone who can offer any assistance can email me at Kpknol@aol.com
> > Thanks
> >
> >
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