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Re: SG-W:/ PLanning class offered


Class starting JANUARY 20, 2002

Current research shows that the Huron River is being damaged by
development in its watershed even if the development occurs far away
from the river and feeder creeks.  Many significant land use
decisions are made by our local township, village or city planning
commissions where citizens can play a constructive role.

The Huron River Watershed Council is offering a class on working WITH
your planning commission to help citizens become more effective in
this important work.

The class will begin on January 20, 2002 and will meet at the NEW
Center in Ann Arbor from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Sunday evenings basically
every other week for eight sessions.  (Actual dates are 1/20, 2/3,
2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 4/7 and 4/21.)

TOPICS covered include:

The value of the river and wetland environment, what it needs to be
healthy and the effects of various land uses on the health of these
natural systems;

The process of land use decision making, master or general
development plans, ordinances, the role of local boards and planning
commissions and how citizens can have effective input;

Protection tools for your community;

Alternative approaches to land use that that provide for development
but preserve open space and important natural systems;

Site plan evaluation with an eye to sustaining natural systems;

Accessing pertinent information such as maps, water and soil studies
and consultation services; and

Lessons citizens have learned in becoming valued advisors.

Community Planner and EMU Instructor John Enos, Environmental and
Natural Resource Planner Jeremy Lopatin, and successful citizen
advisors will teach this course in a lecture-discussion format
including interactive exercises.

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