Equitable Solutions,

This comes to us through Tom Wilcox:

There’s a new approach to preventing development projects from harming the environment that succeeds 90% of the time at a fraction of the cost of the conventional strategy.  This better way, known as Equitable Solutions, is described in the latest article posted to the CEDS news service: cedsnews.com

 With the conventional strategy citizens hire an attorney to kill a project.  Unfortunately this strategy is expensive, which greatly limits its use, and only succeeds 5% to 10% of the time vs. 90% for Equitable Solutions.  Through the Equitable Solutions approach citizens learn how to identify ways of modifying a project to resolve their concerns while allowing the applicant to achieve their goals.  Perhaps not so surprisingly, this is relatively easy to achieve since most projects are fundamentally sound.  Citizens then use the applicant’s desire to maintain a good public image as a way of convincing them to negotiate in good faith.  For those projects so poorly designed that impacts cannot be reduced to a reasonable level, Smart Legal Strategies gives citizens a much better chance of blocking a key permit or other approval.

I would deeply appreciate it if you would urge folks to check out the article and try Equitable Solutions first when they request your help with a development controversy or some other project posing a threat to the environment.  They could also contact me at 410-654-3021 or Help@ceds.org.  Finally, the article explains how we can hold an Equitable Solutions workshop in your area. 

 Richard D. Klein
Community & Environmental Defense Services
811 Crystal Palace Court
Owings Mills, Maryland  21117
410-654-3021
Main CEDS Website: ceds.org
CEDS News Service: cedsnews.com

Histoire/History

En mars de cette année, le Conseil municipal du village de North Hatley a donné son accord en principe à un projet de développement composé de 230 logements s’élevant jusqu’à une hauteur de cinq étages au cœur de notre beau village. Le projet a été présenté au public à de récentes séances d’ information, générant beaucoup de discussions et de préoccupations.

Alors que le développement est le bienvenu à North Hatley, les résultats de ce projet seront avec nous pour des générations ; il est extrêmement important que nous faisions bien les choses!

Rejoignez un nombre croissant de personnes préoccupées par ce projet, en signant cette pétition adressée au Maire et au conseil de North Hatley, dans le but de réduire la taille et la densité de ce développement et de le soumettre à un examen obligatoire.

Merci de bien vouloir faire circuler ce message à tous ceux qui partagent notre préoccupation, et leur demander de signer également. Nous espérons présenter les résultats de cette pétition au maire et au Conseil lors de la prochaine réunion du Conseil le 8 Septembre.

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In March of this year the Municipal Council of the Village of North Hatley gave Agreement in Principle to a development project comprised of 230 dwellings rising in places to a height of five storeys in the core of our beautiful village. The project was presented to the public in recent information sessions, generating a great deal of discussion and concern.

While development is welcome in North Hatley, the results of this project will be with us for generations; it’s vitally important we get it right!

Please join a growing number of concerned people in petitioning the Mayor and Council of North Hatley to reduce the size and density of this development and to submit it to binding review.

Please also would you circulate this message to anyone who shares our concern, asking that they also sign. We hope to present the results of this petition to the Mayor and Council at the September 8th Council Meeting.

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