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After a great deal of debating, passing and failing of several motions, the Mount Pleasant City Commission voted to amend several sections of the city’s zoning ordinance to update standards for student-populated neighborhoods north of campus.
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The first change to the zoning ordinance includes creating a transitional area or “buffer zone” between M-2 and neighboring district R-3, which consists mostly of single-family homes. An M-2 lot cannot have a common line or be located across a local street or alley from any R-zoned lot. No registered student organization dwelling, which are primarily Greek houses, would be allowed to have more than 12 occupants per dwelling until. A “dwelling” is the entirety of a property, and a “dwelling unit” is each separate home within the property.
Those living in the transitional area may have no more than four occupants per dwelling unit. No M-2 or RSO dwelling can have more than five stacked parking spaces. All unstacked parking would have to be accessible via an approved maneuvering lane so backing directly onto a street would be unnecessary.
Finally, properties would no longer be able to be combined for the purpose of constructing a multi-family home, which are primarily occupied by students. Required parking for these dwellings would have to be approved upon the same lot as the home to avoid more parking lots in areas north of campus.
“We believe this is a much better proposal addressing concerns of the neighborhood and what is working the best right now,” said City Planner Jacob Kain.
A bill, which would make coercing a woman into having an abortion a felony, passed a House of Representatives committee on a straight party line vote Tuesday morning.
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Advocates said the bill is necessary to protect women from undue pressure from parents, guardians, spouses or boyfriends. But opponents said the bill is unnecessary because abortion providers already are required to screen patients to make sure coercion hasn’t taken place. They also said the bill should include language prohibiting people from coercing a woman to continue a pregnancy against her will.
“The real problem is people being coerced into carrying a pregnancy. That happens a lot more. It seems disingenuous to address one part of the problem and not the other,” said state Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright, D-Muskegon. “We’re deciding which victims to help.”
But Tammy Holley, the Michigan spokeswoman for the Justice Foundation, said she was forced to have an abortion when she was 17.
“I told the doctor that I didn’t want to have an abortion, but I was coerced from three different people,” she said. “This legislation is certainly needed.”
And Ed Rivet, spokesman for Michigan Right to Life, said he doesn’t expect a lot of people will be arrested, but the legislation will act as a deterrent. And he would support legislation that would address coercing a woman to go through with a pregnancy.
“I have acted on behalf of these women, to advance this bill for 12 years,” Rivet said. “And never has anybody introduced a bill to address the other issue.”
A study by Climate Interactive showed national promises to curtail greenhouse gas emissions will help avoid the worse levels of global warming by 2100, but further action is needed to keep temperature rises within the 2 degree limit set by governments.
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Promises by governments this year to restrain emissions beyond 2020 would limit warming to a rise of 3.5 degrees Celsius (6.3 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, it said. That is less than the 4.5 C (8.1F) rise expected if they continued on a current track without curbs.
But the projected rise in average temperatures will still exceed the 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) set by almost 200 governments as a ceiling to avert the worst of droughts, floods, heat waves and rising sea levels.
The analysis by experts was produced by Climate Interactive, a not-for-profit group in Washington, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
Major emitters including Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa have issued plans for reducing emissions beyond 2020 in recent days. Other major emitters led by China, the United States and the European Union issued similar plans earlier this year.
The national promises are due to be the building blocks of an agreement due in Paris in December to limit climate change.
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