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SG-W:/ Ann Arbor Township moves ahead with open space zoning

Belated message:

On Monday night, the Ann Arbor Township Planning Commission 
unanimously approved an open space zoning ordinance which will 
preserve open space and natural features on new developments in two 
sections of the Township.  Great credit goes to township trustee John 
Allison and to township planning commissioner (and Huron River 
Watershed Council staffer) Kris Ollson, who helped develop the 
ordinance as part of a natural features committee.  Credit also goes 
to trustee and commissioner Michael Moran, who moved approval of the 

Eight people (including two representing organizations) spoke in 
favor of the proposal, and only one person spoke in opposition. 
Oddly, the brief story in the AA News about the ordinance focused on 
the one opponent, making the issue seem more controversial than it 
actually was.

As Andrew Mutch mentioned in a posting last week, Ann Arbor 
Township's leadership has done great work in recent years to protect 
farmland and natural areas, and retain something of a buffer between 
the westward sprawl of Wayne County and the Ann Arbor area.  Once 
again, they deserve our thanks.

Mike Garfield
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
(734) 761-3186 ext. 104
(734) 663-2414 (fax)

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