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Re: SG-W:/ Hope you were lucky enough to attend the Rural Neighborhood Forum which



Yes! Collaboration - seeing from another's perspective, dispelling
misconceptions about another person's position, finding common ground -
this is essential for the protection and planning for the townships.

--On Mon, Feb 21, 2000 3:18 PM -0500 Erica Perry <eperry@umich.edu> wrote:

> Hope you were lucky enough to attend the Rural Neighborhood Forum which
> Cyndi and Ernie Zuccaro/Becker did such a great job of putting
> together.
>  It was a powerful event which I believe will have an impact on how
> development proceeds in Webster Township and, perhaps, surrounding
> townships.
> Our township officials and farmers got to hear other people's
> realities
> and I believe for the first time, some farmers actually began to
> understand PDRs.  John Allison spoke eloquently to the role of being
> on
> the township board and the kind of perspective that one must have. And
> Senator Dianne Byrum and Rep John Hansen both talked about encouraging
> legislation coming up that will ameliorate taxation for the farmers as
> well as a few other ideas Engler has which might be helpful.  
>  Each group did draw up a list of "what's next" which will be compiled
> and sent back for editing.  Then the summary will go out to all
> workshop
> attendees so at least they will have in writing what they said should
> happen.  And I don't think I am being naive if I say that some of the
> adversarial tension between farmers and activists evaporated.  And
> finally, I believe that good connections were made between neighboring
> township officials which I am hoping might be a beginning of
> collaboration.
> So this forum was a lesson for us all.  We didn't get the grant we had
> expected in order to put it on, but Cyndi forged ahead anyway, (if at
> first you don't succeed, try try again!)  and this is the first of
> three
> initiatives this year that we hope will impact the future of Webster
> Township.  The second is the research study that the UM students are
> doing.  The third is the Tour de Sprawl on Sept. 26th.  
> And if we can get a few of us to run in the autumn
> elections......slowly, but surely, we will make a difference in
> designing our futures.
> 
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