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If you thought the Greenbelt was going to save us from sprawl, think again. A Developer has proposed another large development in the Milan area, just north of the city. Combined with an even larger project planned south of Milan, these developments could add about 30,000 people to the Milan area, currently home to 5,000 residents. This would leave Milan with a population approaching that of Novi, and a lot more in common with it, too. The Ann Arbor News reports:
Just miles north of a mega development proposed for thousands of acres of land south of Milan, another developer has unveiled plans to develop about 1,700 acres of land in York Township as a housing, commercial and industrial community with 4,000 dwellings.
While the name “Master Planned” may attempt to brand this as intelligent growth, terms like “commercial shopping center” and “corporate, industrial and research park” are foreboding, and describe conventional auto-dependent sprawl of separated uses, at a mere 2.35 dwelling-units per acre, moreover. Apparently city leaders don’t feel the will to demand anything different, either, despite their control of the very infrastructure on which such a development would depend:
Milan Mayor Jose Owen Diaz said the development isn’t going to happen overnight. Stretched over 20 years, Milan can handle it, he said.
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