Ann Arbor Area Community News
A pair of articles in today’s Ann Arbor News suggest an opportunity for two local governments to stand up against a developer using divide-and-conquer tactics to try to gain approval for a greenfield development of 985 homes and a golf course.
The developer, Biltmore Homes and Eyde Co., are requesting water and sewer service north of Geddes Road, the traditional development boundary, an extension that would also make possible the 1,950-home development proposed north of Geddes by Rock Construction. If the Township doesn’t extend utilities and permit the development, Eyde Co. is threatening to pursue annexation into Ypsilanti, which would then allow Biltmore to pursue annexation (annexed parcels must be contiguous to the City). If the development is allowed, though, Biltmore would give some land to the Township in order to complete an almost annexation-proof wall of land along Geddes Road. Township residents are quoted as calling the Biltmore plan “the lesser of two evils” relative to annexation.
The second article discusses Ypsi’s take on annexation – the annexation and development might boost the City’s property tax income by more than a third, but Mayor Cheryl Farmer doesn’t sound happy to be used as a pawn.
This is out of my area of expertise; so far, none of the Spitting Cats have commented.
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