With a new township supervisor and fresh ideas flowing into our small township, I am one who believes strongly in keeping Highland rural. When sewers were about to come online a few years back I was worried. When new subdivisions starting cropping up before that, I was even more concerned. As we look at the future for our township, I think it is important that we remember why many of us moved to Highland. We moved here because we loved the fact that our township is filled with rolling pastures, horse ranches and beautiful undeveloped parkland. It is special because we still see turkeys strutting through our yards and deer crossing our backroads.
I think we should welcome more bike trails connecting to existing trails and I love the idea of horse trails and hiking paths snaking through our parks. But what we don't need is to open up our master plan to changes that would encourage more development or an influx of business and commerce. Highland does not need to become another White Lake. I would be concerned if we started to head down the route Hartland has with its big box stores crowding out the hometown mom and pop type establishments.
Let's keep Highland rural and sleepy. As we start dialogue and meetings in the township about the direction we are headed, please speak out and let your voice be heard.