Gov. Snyder OKs Changes to Michigan Dune Protection

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation that makes the first significant changes to Michigan's sand dune law since the state established protections for critical areas more than two decades ago.
The law signed Tuesday cleared the Republican-controlled state Legislature last month. It gives builders an easier time gaining approval for houses, driveways and other projects on private land.
Environmental groups say the law will allow overdevelopment by weakening regulators' authority to block projects or require changes to reduce their impact.
Pro-development interests say the previous law was tilted heavily in favor of dune protection and prevents landowners from using their property.
The Republican governor says two-thirds of critical dunes already are publically owned. He says it's important to recognize private property rights.

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  • by Josh on Aug 10, 2012 at 05:19 AM
    A coworker of mine showed me pictures of a house his uncle used to own from the 1930s to the 1950s. It was a big beach house built right on the face of a dune on lake Michigan, in an area that the critical dunes law would prevent you from building on today. They were forced to abandon the home site in the 1950s when the water levels rose and took much of the dune away. The house next door actually collapsed and fell into the lake. My coworker's uncle apparently had his home moved inland a ways to avoid a similar fate. I guess my point is that we can protect the dunes or not, but ultimately mother nature will decide what happens to them.
  • by Jen Location: MI on Aug 9, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    We have one earth to live on. In the end it's all about money... what do we leave for the children? It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. - Ansel Adams
  • by Gee Location: here on Aug 8, 2012 at 07:39 AM
    leave it to a worthless fool to further ruin this state.
  • by Bill on Aug 8, 2012 at 03:36 AM
    It's not about private property owners, it's about big money and developers who have it and want even more.
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