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SG-W:/ public hearing Monday to save natural areas in Ann Arbor Townshp
- Subject: SG-W:/ public hearing Monday to save natural areas in Ann Arbor Townshp
- From: Mike Garfield <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 10:37:52 -0500
- Delivered-To: email@example.com
- Delivered-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday night, Ann Arbor Township is holding a public hearing on an
important proposal to save natural areas there. I urge you to attend
the Township board meeting (7:30 p.m., at the Township Hall - 3792
Pontiac Trail) to voice your support for the plan. There's more
information about the proposal below.
HELP SAVE NATURAL AREAS IN ANN ARBOR TOWNSHIP
The current Township board has worked hard to protect the rural
character and natural beauty of Ann Arbor Township. For the past
three years, a Natural Features Advisory Committee has been
developing a major new zoning classification that is designed to
protect open spaces and natural features on approximately 1500 acres
of land in the northeast corner of the Township. This land is now
mostly agricultural, and is under intense development pressure.
The proposed Open Space Preservation Residential District carefully
allows increased density in exchange for natural areas preservation
and other conditions. The District's zoning allows one home per ten
acres, but alternatively permits one home per five acres if home are
clustered, natural features are retained, and a minimum of 65% open
space is permanently preserved through conservation easements. This
ordinance is similar to the system that Hamburg Township has used for
the past decade. That Township, near Brighton, has permanently saved
1,500 acres of natural areas through their ordinance.
There are at least three reasons to support the proposal:
1. It's an effective way to permanently protect natural areas,
natural features, and some of the Township's rural beauty.
2. It diminishes the amount of water pollution caused by new
developments, since clustered developments need shorter roads, and
therefore have less impervious surface.
3. It allows developers and property owners to retain the economic
value of their property, so the Township is less likely to wind up
Even though ordinances like the one being considered by Ann Arbor
Township are generally supported by the development community, the
Township Board has been repeatedly locking horns with Tom Monaghan,
and it's likely that Monaghan will send his backers to the hearing to
shoot down the proposal.
So, if you're able, please lend some support to the strong
pro-environment trustees on the Ann Arbor Township Board this Monday,
February 4, at 7:30 p.m. The meeting is at the township hall, 3792
Pontiac Trail. For more information, contact Trustee John Allison,
who can be reached at 971-3989 or at email@example.com.
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3186 ext. 104
(734) 663-2414 (fax)
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