Oh, and one more note: The previous Board did vote to approve this massive, inappropriate development, despite a complete lack of infrastructureand lack of citizen support. However, the citizens who strongly and wisely opposed this development acted to allow for a vote on this project, which is another step in the planning process - so no rezoning took place, no approval was given by the Township, capital T, though some though some township officials, little t, did vote that way. Christina
>Subject: SG-W:/ Pittsfield open meeting on Newmarket settlement proposals
>Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 13:48:46 EST
>The Ann Arbor News on Saturday had an article on the settlement proposals
>regarding the lawsuit over the Newmarket development, which was approved by
>the Township before the last election.
>An excerpt: >> The offers include one by the township to buy the entire
>property for $8.5 million and a counter-offer by the land owners and
>developer to sell most of it for $10.4 million but still build 250 homes on a
>portion of the property. The owners and developers also offered to come back
>to the township with a more conventional housing development of 864 homes. <<
>Here's the full article:
> >> Newmarket suit talks open to public
>Pittsfield opening normally closed-door session due to high level of resident
>Saturday, December 15, 2001
>By JOHN MULCAHY
>NEWS STAFF REPORTER
>The public will have a rare opportunity next week to see settlement proposals
>in the Newmarket development lawsuit before negotiations are complete.
>Pittsfield Township's negotiating committee plans to air offers from both
>sides Tuesday during a public session of the Board of Trustees.
>Newmarket is a proposed mixed residential and commercial development for 530
>acres in the central part of the township. The development, which would
>include 1,143 houses, townhouses and apartments interspersed with commercial
>uses, was intended to re-create the atmosphere of a small town. The
>developers, Real Estate Interest Group of Bloomfield Hills, sued the township
>earlier this year to stop a referendum on the project after the township had
>already granted a rezoning.
>The offers include one by the township to buy the entire property for $8.5
>million and a counter-offer by the land owners and developer to sell most of
>it for $10.4 million but still build 250 homes on a portion of the property.
>The owners and developers also offered to come back to the township with a
>more conventional housing development of 864 homes.
>Township Clerk Christina Lirones said the township is taking the unusual step
>of making the negotiation offers public because of the high level of interest
>among township residents.
>"Since we were bringing it to the board anyway, I really wanted to do it in
>public session," Lirones said. The developer and land owners agreed to the
>Public bodies are allowed to discuss pending litigation in closed session,
>and most such discussions take place behind closed doors. A final vote on any
>settlement must be taken in public.
>The township's negotiating committee, consisting of Lirones, Supervisor James
>Walter and Treasurer Robert Skrobola, will present the offers but do not
>expect to comment on them, Lirones said.
>"This way we can at least show the proposals, but we're not going to indicate
>which way we're going," she said.
>Jerold Lax, attorney for the developer and land owners, said they do not
>object to making the proposals public and could not legally stop the board
>from doing so.
>"We had no particular reason to interpose an objection," Lax said. He said he
>anticipated detailed discussion of the offers to remain private.
>The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Township Hall, 6201
>W. Michigan Ave.
>John Mulcahy can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or by
>calling (734) 482-2829. <<
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