Open Space Committee News
The Open Space Citizen Committee of Vergennes Township has been busy with several
initiatives. We've worked hard to obtain funding for a Natural Features Inventory
of the township, which is a clear "next step." The purpose of a Natural
Features Inventory is to
The cost of the project is $11,495, and we are pleased to announce that funding has been secured. The Frey Foundation challenged Vergennes Township to a matching grant; each will pay $1,250. The Wege Foundation has granted $1,500. The Lowell Area Community Fund said "yes" to a request for $5,000. And the Charles Evenson Fund of the Grand Rapids Community Fund has committed the final $2,495.
In coming months, landowners may hear from someone from Calvin College requesting
permission to conduct a biological inventory of their property. You are welcome
to invite them in or not - your choice. Historically, most people are glad to
learn what trained biologists can tell them about the biodiversity of their
land. We trust you'll understand and appreciate the benefits of this information
to you. As part of the entire process, a scenic inventory is also being taken,
with an assessment done during each season of the year. This inventory will
not involve private property. The data collection and pictures will be taken
from public roads.
A majority of Vergennes
Township residents have repeatedly sent a clear message that retaining the rural
character of our area is a top priority. At the same time, it is just as clear
and important to recognize that landowners must retain the right to do with
their land as they wish, consistent with existing laws and zoning regulations.
The Open Space Committee of Vergennes Township is a volunteer citizen committee
approved by the Township board. The committee is charged by the board to find
ways to preserve its rural character as the Township continues to change. The
committee recognizes that increased development in Vergennes Township is inevitable
and the need to engage people with various viewpoints is imperative.
The Mission of the Open Space Citizens Committee of Vergennes Township
The committee will work toward this goal by: