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



Folks on this list may want to take this ordinance to your local township
and tell them you want this type of ordinance in your community.

I'm sure that Ann Arbor Township Planning Commissioners would be happy to
provide a copy of this ordinance to anyone who is interested.

Jeff Surfus


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Garfield" <michaelg@ecocenter.org>
To: <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2002 10:32 AM
Subject: 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
> ordinance.
>
> 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
> --
> __________________
> Mike Garfield
> Ecology Center
> 117 N. Division
> Ann Arbor, MI  48104
> (734) 761-3186 ext. 104
> (734) 663-2414 (fax)
> michaelg@ecocenter.org
> www.ecocenter.org
>
>
>
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