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Re: SG-W:/ Re: Proposal B



I'll just add that compared to other communities in Michigan, Ann Arbor has
done a PHENOMENAL job of protecting natural areas.  As the wave of sprawl
heading west from Detroit and south from Brighton creeps ever closer to Ann
Arbor, the question I have is whether Ann Arbor's citizens will have the
foresight to take steps now to preserve farmland, open space, and natural
areas and to reduce sprawl.  Otherwise, Ann Arbor will become an island of
older 'quaint' houses and stores in a faceless suburban sea -- like Plymouth
or Birmingham, but with a really big football stadium of its own.

Proposal B is a first step -- one that would signal to politicians and other
local communities that people care about the character of their community,
can do something about it, and will hold politicians who fail to act on
their wishes accountable.

  - Mike Sklar

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Mutch" <amutch@waterford.lib.mi.us>
To: "robert schultz" <rhs@tdcnet6.umtri.umich.edu>
Cc: "Smartgrowth Washtenaw" <smartgrowth-washtenaw@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 4:30 PM
Subject: Re: SG-W:/ Re: Proposal B


> Robert,
>
> I'm not going to defend specific decisions by the City government but your
> claim that "Ann Arbor City government's track record stinks on this
account"
> in regard to the preservation of greenspace is simply off-base. Would you
care
> to present examples of cities Ann Arbor's size or even half of its size in
> Michigan that can come anywhere near the City's level or parkland and open
> space preservation? Few cities can come anywhere near the amount of
acreage or
> number of locations of parks and openspaces that you'll find in the City
of
> Ann Arbor. Since 1998, the City has continued to acquire parkland
throughout
> the City and one "bad" project (Dhu Varren and Pontiac Trail) does not
make a
> track record. Furthermore, the City's decision in the 1990s to limit
utility
> extensions into Ann Arbor Township is the only thing that has guaranteed
that
> the North side of M-14 doesn't look like the south side of I-94 in
Pittsfield
> and Scio Townships. If Proposal B isn't the solution, even though you say
> "Proposal B is a step in the right direction", than what is the solution??
>
> Andrew Mutch
> Novi
>
>
> robert schultz wrote:
>
> > Amusing, we read a "Green's response" which suggests approval of
> > Proposal B "will protect local farmland that supplies produce ...
> > thereby replacing the need for shipping produce from California or
> > Mexico or other places outside the county."  Really now?  Last I saw
> > the farms in Proposal B's encompassed townships are mostly Zone 5,
> > maybe 6.  Even a student of ecology can tell what happens to produce
> > that winters here.  But I digress...  %)
> >
> > Historically, Ann Arbor's own containment on sprawl has been abysmal.
> > A striking example in recent times is the Ann Arbor Planning Commission
> > and their behavior over the Dhu Varren and Pontiac Trail parcel: 180+
> > units on 18 acres, displacing an established organic farm, no account
> > for roadway geometry and integration of development to traffic flow,
> > and dissent from all who spoke at public comments section of meeting
> > save for a plug by the developer.  Yet the Ann Arbor Planning
> > Commission voted unanimously in favor of the development, one member
> > going so far as to suggest the city charter dictates the city develop
> > to the beltways.  Other examples of planning commissions starry eyed
> > visions continue with the gross strip mall at Huron Parkway and
> > Washtenaw Boulevard and the DDA's propensity to ignore downtown's
> > architecture and facility use in favor of cubed monstrosities like 1
> > North Main, Liberty Square, and more recently the buildings on the
> > westside of Main & William (btw, $500K gets you a townhouse at Ashley
> > Mews next door).  Developments all about town and the county
> > demonstrate planning commissions' failure to embrace sustainable growth
> > and failure in greenspace management.
> >
> > So now we turn to these very officials (incl A^2 City Council) to
> > preserve greenspace when clearly, the city will not do so itself.
> > While Proposal B is a step in the right direction, is the solution a
> > steady 30 year mileage in light of ever increasing property values?  I
> > lived in Ann Arbor Township in 1998 and backed the county land
> > preservation proposal then, yet have witnessed no abatement by the City
> > of Ann Arbor to carry the theme of greenspace preservation since, this
> > despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of those voting in
> > favoring of that proposal lived in the City.  Sorry folks, Ann Arbor
> > City government's track record stinks on this account and that does
> > little to instill trust.  Proposal B is not just about the townships
> > and I, for one, am not rewarding poor stewardship with my vote.
> >
> > Regards    -Robert
> >
> > Some notable though dated links on the county level:
> > So you want to live in the country?
> > http://www.ewashtenaw.org/content/ex_extrurhb.pdf
> > Sustainable Communities
> > http://www.co.washtenaw.mi.us/depts/eis/eissustd.htm
> > Washtenaw Area Transportation Study http://www.miwats.org/
> >
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