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



The Washtenaw County Planning Dept. has also prepared a summary and
explanation of the new laws (P.A. 177, 178, 179) with diagrams, probably
best available from Erin, email as shown or call 222-6811.

Vivienne Armentrout

Mike Garfield wrote:
> 
> As it turns out, your local township is now required to enact this
> sort of ordinance.  Late last year, the Legislature passed a bill
> which mandates that all Michigan townships enact an open space zoning
> ordinance (which meets certain minimum standards) by the end of this
> current year.  The ordinances give developers the option of
> dedicating a given amount of open space as permanently preserved land
> in exchange for greater density and clustered development.
> 
> There are more protective and less protective ways to write your
> ordinance, and a township's particular circumstances might lead it to
> include other provisions.  Ann Arbor Township began working on theirs
> long before the state law was even introduced as a bill;  they've
> also included highly protective requirements for open space
> preservation.
> 
> The Washtenaw County Planning Department has a model ordinance which
> townships can use as a starting point in drafting their own
> ordinance.  It's in the process of being updated to be consistent
> with the new state law, and the Planning Department expects it to be
> ready in March.  You can obtain what they've got now, or get the
> updated version then, by contacting planner Erin Perdu at
> perdue@co.washtenaw.mi.us.
> 
> Mike
> 
> At 10:51 AM -0500 2/8/02, Jeff Surfus wrote:
> >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
> >>  --
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> >>  Mike Garfield
> >>  Ecology Center
> >>  117 N. Division
> >>  Ann Arbor, MI  48104
> >>  (734) 761-3186 ext. 104
> >>  (734) 663-2414 (fax)
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> >>  www.ecocenter.org
> >>
> >>
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> __________________
> Mike Garfield
> Ecology Center
> 117 N. Division
> Ann Arbor, MI  48104
> (734) 761-3186 ext. 104
> (734) 663-2414 (fax)
> michaelg@ecocenter.org
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