The battle to preserve open space in Michigan continues:

“Taxpayers in five townships in northern Michigan would buy development rights to rolling hillsides of cherry and apple orchards in a preservation effort on Tuesday’s ballot. Buying the rights to the land saves it because the land would then not be available to developers. The purchase would be funded through taxes.”

“The ballot issues follow last year’s successful tax request in Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Township to fund greenbelt protection around the city. That millage, and one in Peninsula Township in northern Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula, are the only two dedicated to property development rights acquisition in the state.

But a successful northern Michigan effort could be a catalyst for proposals elsewhere.” Proposal to Save Land is a Buy In.