Washtenaw Metro Alliance
Washtenaw County residents have demonstrated their commitment to preserving parks, recreation and open space through approval of various county and local government funding initiatives. These include the Countys Natural Areas Preservation Program, the passing of recent land acquisition and purchase of development rights programs by the City of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Township and Scio Township residents as well as the preservation of parks, open space and natural features by the City of Ypsilanti, Superior Township, Pittsfield Township and Ypsilanti Township.
In September and October 2003, a group of elected officials and staff convened to develop the organizational design of an initiative to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the Washtenaw area. This group identified key issues on which to begin working, identified the elements of quality of life that their constituents most value, and developed a charter describing the groups purpose, background, core principles, structure, process elements, duration, and dissolution.
Leaders from each local unit of government of the Washtenaw Metro Alliance have come together to protect our quality of life by anticipating issues before they become problems, to enhance our quality of life by identifying opportunities to maintain our sense of place through commitment to leadership and action.
Christine Schopieray, Mayor's Assistant
City of Ann Arbor