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Michigan Now: Sprawl's impact on farming and transportation policy

By: Chris McCarus
Grand Rapids, Mi
January 7, 2013
Michigan Now

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When he was running for governor, Rick Snyder had a ten-point plan to “Reinvent Michigan”. Point number five was: “Restoring cities and controlling urban sprawl”. Snyder came to the annual Michigan Farm Bureau dinner recently at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus was there too.

Snyder says he wants to encourage brownfield redevelopment and spend road money on reconstruction and maintenance, rather than new construction. 

But farmers are concerned about having to compete with developers seeking new land. 

Groups opposing sprawl want more money for rail. 

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