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Union Township supervisor John Barker met with local leaders and staff planners to discuss the area's non motorized pathways, links for walking and biking. The meeting served to identify existing paths and conditions, areas of generation and destination, and specific arterial, feeder and local routes. The planning session also considered connection of two regional trails, part of a state-wide network that would place Mt Pleasant as a destination from both the north and southwest.
This session follows a strategic planning meeting conducted just over a year ago. A room of over 50 local and regional leaders and planners identified area needs and goals in February of 2008. The most recent session put markers to maps and roughed in a 7 phase plan to tie CMU and MMCC campuses, Casino, Shopping areas, High Density residential complexes, existing park trails, and gateways to incoming regional trails.
County Commissioner Bill Daley pointed to recent trends in economic development that have identified bikeable and walkable communities as a key factor in attracting and retaining business in the new economy. Woody Woodruff added that this is also a component in the Michigan Townships Association's Seven Pillars of Prosperity, a Plan For Economic Recovery.