Local Sierra Club seeks good & bad examples of urban development

Local Sierra Club seeks good & bad examples of urban development


Sierra Club, Blackhawk Group, is seeking ideas about local good and bad development. “We are trying to compile two lists—a ‘Nasty Nine’ and a ‘Fabulous Five,’” said Stanley Campbell, the club’s conservation chair.

The local Sierra Club wants people to nominate examples of “Nasty” development that, for example, encroaches onto farmland, or poorly planned roads, or developments that increase stormwater runoff and soil erosion. “Anything that might be considered ‘sprawl,’” says Campbell. Those nominated are contenders for the “Nasty 9” list that will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2002.

Blackhawk Sierra is also looking for examples that preserve or enhance historic structures or neighborhoods; developments that protect floodplains, streams or woodlands; good designs that save energy, reuse existing buildings or use recycled materials. These will be nominations for the “Fabulous Five” and will be announced along with the “Nasty Nine.”

Nominations can be submitted up to April 7, 2002. Mail to: Blackhawk Sierra Club, P.O. Box 8976, Rockford, IL. 61126. Or go to www.sierraclub.org/blackhawk/

The winners will be announced at the Monday, April 22 (Earth Day) dinner at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., Rockford. Cost of the dinner is $10 for a simple vegan meal at 6 p.m. and program at 7 p.m. Call the church for reservations at (825) 398-6322.

For more information, call Stanley Campbell, conservation chair, at (815) 964-7111 or e-mail peaceman50@aol.com. Also see website http://illinois.sierraclub.org/blackhawk/

Suggestions for ‘Nasty Nine’

A “Nasty Nine” nomination could include:

1. Development that “leapfrogs” into prime farmland out in the middle of nowhere.

2. Premature extension on sewer and water lines into undeveloped areas to stimulate development.

3. Commercial development along major streets or highways with no controls to allow traffic to move.

4. Ugly building design, signage or parking areas (this, of course, may be in the eye of the beholder and developer).

5. Roads planned to stimulate development and sprawl.

6. Developments in floodplains, wetlands or woodlands.

7. Developments that increase stormwater runoff and soil erosion with inadequate controls.

8. Developments that disrupt or degrade established neighborhoods or community character.

A ‘Fabulous Five’ nomination could include:

1. Any development or project that preserves or enhances historic structures, neighborhoods or farmland.

2. Developments that protect floodplains, streams, woodlands, farmland and wetlands.

3. Developments that incorporate natural landscaping or features into the design.

4. Good designs that save energy, reuse existing buildings, or use recycled materials, and fit into streetscapes, neighborhoods or landscapes.

5. Development that is compact and contiguous to sewer and water.

6. Designs that reduce or slow down traffic on local streets or promote walking, biking or car pooling.

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