Oct. 10, 2003
CONTACT: Ward Mullens

EMU 2003 Heritage Lecture Series To Focus
On Land Use; Speakers Include Sen. Liz Brater

YPSILANTI –Urban sprawl, the Greenbelt proposal and development issues are hot topics in Washtenaw County these days because they deal with a very precious resource - land.

Land use is the focus of Eastern Michigan University’s 2003 Heritage Lecture Series, which begins with “Land Use and Development in Washtenaw County,” Monday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Auditorium 1, EMU Corporate Education Center (Ypsilanti Marriott).

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, includes three presentations by three different speakers and will be moderated.

The panelists and their topics are:

“History of Land Use Development Issues in Washtenaw County,” Mitch Rycus, professor emeritus of urban planning, University of Michigan.

“Recent State-Level Initiatives on Land Use and Development Issues,” Sen. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor), Michigan Land Use Leadership Council.

“Grassroots Engagement in Land Use Policy Making,” Conan Smith, Land Programs Director, Michigan Environmental Council.

Bob Jones, EMU assistant professor of urban and regional planning, geography and geology, will moderate the series. Series co-sponsors include the EMU College of Arts and Sciences; Division of University Relations; and the departments of geography and geology, economics and political science.

For more information, call 734.487.1018