In the latter half of 1980, a large development was planned for Old Mission Peninsula that the residents did not want. A group named Protect the Peninsula was formed which defeated the development, but more importantly, the township government was changed.
Both the Supervisor and the Planner took the wants of the residents to heart. They came up with many innovative plans, including the “Purchase of Development Rights” (PDR) program, which allowed the Township to purchase the development rights from the agricultural community in perpetuity. Land in this program could not be developed, other than the landowner’s own home.
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The PDR program was lauded nationally and led to keeping Peninsula Township as the residents wanted it to be. Unfortunately, over time the township government changed from one that reflected the residents’ wishes to one that favored developers.
Peninsula Township Resident