Preservation of Farmland

REN Action Alert

What: Janesville Sustainability Committee Meeting
When: Tuesday, December 16th, 6 PM
Where: Janesville Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 4th Floor

Info: Janesville's Sustainability Committee will be meeting next Tuesday night to discuss the City's Comprehensive Plan, which must be adopted by the City, before January 1, 2010. This plan will affect the direction and growth of the City, thus affecting surrounding Townships. The plan outlines projected growth for the next 20-25 years.

Agenda Items:

Chapter 2, Land Use Recommendations, page 23 (on top of screen) or Page 17 (on paper)here or here - try this site if the above link doesn't work, click on "Comprehensive Plan" on the Left, then "Plans", then go to "Volume 2, Policies and Recommendations". You can then scroll down through the chapters.
Chapter 3, Natural Resources
Chapter 4, Agriculture

The Sustainability Committee will be reviewing the Comp Plan, and sending recommendations to the City Council and Planning Commission for review.

If you would like to voice your opinion or make recommendations to the committee, please attend the meeting, or send an email back to this address.

Our Views: The Comprehensive Plan is allocating too much farmland for future annexation and development. Since the land to the East of Janesville, the Rock Prairie, is one in three areas on earth with the richest farmland available, we feel it should be permanently protected, and remain farmland. Some will say that landowners don't want to be told what to do with their property, that this is a property rights issue, yet the Comp Plan is doing just that - telling these landowners that they will no longer be farming in the future.

Please review the plan, and attend the meeting. Public comments are at the beginning of the meeting, if you wish to speak.

Rock Environmental Network, Inc.
"When People Lead, the Leaders Will Follow."