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Re: SG-W:/ greenbelt



Scott raises interesting points.  In reality, leapfrog sprawl is already
happening, and several of Ann Arbor's bordering or near-in townships appear
committed to a pro-growth, pro-sprawl future.  The Parks and Greenbelt
proposal would give other neighboring and near-in townships that want to
join with Ann Arbor in pursuit of a different future the chance to make that
future a reality.

  - Mike

----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Reetz" <sreetz@med.umich.edu>
To: <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2003 12:17 PM
Subject: SG-W:/ greenbelt


> If the citizens of Ann Arbor pass this proposal, would Ann Arbor more
> likely use funds to pay for lands farther out "in the cornfields" where
> there is little infrastructure or contiguous to the edge of the city
> limits where there is infrastructure? Wouldn't it make more sense to
> allow development contiguous to the edge of the city limits? For
> example, Ellsworth Rd is paved, has bus service and is already partially
> developed. Is more development along Ellsworth, such as the new shopping
> center at Stone School Rd, considered sprawl, or is this totally
> appropriate?
> Michael Sklar's idea that development would be encouraged in townships
> that are progrowth is intriguing. It seems to be a ready-made solution
> to where development should occur. However, the most pro-growth
> townships tend to be further from the edge of Ann Arbor. This would be
> "leapfrog" sprawl as opposed to "contiguous" sprawl.
> Are there sites in the contiguous townships that are appropriate for
> development? Shouldn't these sites be identified? I am not necessarily
> pro-development, but I am trying to reconcile Ann Arbor's popularity--it
> contains a nationally and internationally recognized university and
> medical center, a major campus for the largest pharmaceutical company in
> the world, etc, etc. Development is going to occur, where do you want
> it, and what do you want it to look like? I would feel much more
> comfortable with this proposal if I had some idea of where development
> is going to be steered.
> Scott Reetz
>
>
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