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Image 1 - Prowling Pandas Become Policy Advisers
2011-12-16 03:37:43

Vanessa Hull evaluates the impacts of zoning on pandas in Wolong Nature Reserve in southwestern China The comings and goings of a pair of girls are helping breathe some life into a zoning policy that's aiming to protect the Chinese environment. The girls--Mei-Mei and Pan-Pan--are pandas outfitted with GPS collars. Vanessa Hull, a doctoral student from the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University (MSU), is using the movement of collared pandas to...

Image 1 - Zoning Boundaries Can Make Good Neighbors In Conservation
2011-10-28 09:52:35

As the world's biodiversity hotspots are increasingly stressed by their human neighbors, zoning is becoming a common strategy to balance environmental protection and human needs. But a recent study shows zoning for conservation demands reality checks. "Zoning ordinances are rarely evaluated for their ability to make positive changes using empirical data on both human and biodiversity characteristics." says Jianguo (Jack) Liu, an internationally recognized expert at Michigan State...

2008-10-13 09:00:35

By AMY AUGUSTINE A dispute between a Dunbarton business owner and town officials over whether to grant a special permit for a gas station is heading to court. Last month, David Barkie, owner of Pages Country Store and Deli, filed a lawsuit against the Dunbarton Zoning Board after it refused to grant him a rehearing for a proposed gas station at the intersection of Route 77 and Old Fort Lane. In July, the board unanimously shot down Barkie's application after a series of public hearings...

2008-07-22 15:00:51

By Richard C Dujardin NORTH PROVIDENCE -- The owners of the former Cher's restaurant and lounge at 83 Waterman Ave. have won permission from the Zoning Board of Review to demolish the nightspot and build a 12-unit condominium project. Cheryl and Tom Gauthier said they decided to move in another direction after it became apparent that they were losing patrons to Twin River in Lincoln and realized that the existing building needed a lot of work. The River's Edge Condominiums will have...

2008-07-13 12:00:26

By Matthew DeFour, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 13--Dane County is developing new shoreland zoning standards designed to improve water quality equitably for all cities, villages and towns. But Madison and other cities are concerned about how the draft plan could affect thousands of property owners not currently under the county 's shoreland zoning rules. The goal of the new regulations is to improve water quality, natural habitats and the aesthetics of Dane County 's waterways,...

2008-06-24 15:02:54

By RICHARD COWEN, STAFF WRITER HALEDON Verizon is suing the borough over its refusal to allow construction of a 90-foot cell tower on West Clinton Street. Verizon, which needed a pair of zoning variances to construct the tower, has filed suit claiming the borough's Planning Board made an "arbitrary and capricious" decision when it rejected the plan on May 8. The communications giant wants to build a 90-foot tower with 12 antennas on a lot at 344 W. Clinton St. Verizon says it would...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.