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Environmental Group Reviews Goals

Transportation, Trash Issues Top List For 2013

Posted: March 19, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Studying public transportation, reducing plastic foam packaging and keeping more construction and demolition waste out of the landfill are some of the items members of the Environmental Action Committee plan to discuss this year.

At A Glance

Environmental Action Committee

The Environmental Action Committee was created to “address environmental concerns, promote a safe and healthy environment and maintain the natural beauty of the environment within the city.” The committee is an advisory group to the City Council.

According to Fayetteville ordinance, the nine-member committee is comprised of one City Council member, one member from a local industry, one member from a science discipline and six residents at-large.

Regular meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.

Source: accessfayetteville.org

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What? You mean the great cat round-up didn't work. I'm shocked and ready to suggest cat condoms.

At least, the Environmental committee keeps Sarah Marsh and her moonbeams in one spot and away from the real world.

Posted by: Moneymyst

March 19, 2013 at 8:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thank you, Joel, for covering our meeting. I just wanted to clarify that we are asking for a comprehensive transportation master plan, not just another study.

A recent study by the Center for Neighborhood Technology showed that residents of Northwest Arkansas are now spending more on transportation than they are on housing. The combined costs of housing and transportation have resulted in 90% of our neighborhoods being unaffordable and that for every dollar we spend on gas, 97 cents leaves our state economy. http://greeneconomy.accesscommunityli...

Another recent survey by the Walton Family Foundation on quality of life in NWA showed that 70% of respondents say there is too much traffic on the way to work and school and 60% report they would like more public transit options. http://wff.cotcdn.rockfishhosting.com...

The Environmental Action Committee would like our comprehensive transportation master plan to be developed by a reputable and well-respected transportation and community planning group with input from citizens and other local stakeholders such as Ozark Regional Transit, Razorback Transit, major employers, the University, business owners, etc.

Ultimately the most important part of a transit plan is a good land-use plan and we will be supporting the City's Director of Sustainability and Strategic Planning in developing metrics to improve our compliance with the vision for community growth management that our citizens enshrined in our City Plan 2030.

Posted by: SarahMarsh

March 19, 2013 at 8:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

sounds like a great idea! long range planners.
what a smart lady.
thanks Sarah.
even the transit would work here. as
our traffic is mostly along the north - south route.

Posted by: ladyLiberty

March 19, 2013 at 10:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I attended the LWV transportation forum last week. It is clear to me that appropriate solutions to rapid regional growth require long-term planning as a foundation. Gathering stakeholders together to develop such a plan is the wisest way to move forward.

Thank you Sarah Marsh, for setting a stellar example of leadership and vision in our community. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: FayFan

March 19, 2013 at 10:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sometimes nuts grow in threes. Fudville has nuts, Pineville don't.

Posted by: Moneymyst

March 19, 2013 at 10:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

If there had been a long-term, regional plan in place from the beginning NW Arkansas wouldn't be the world's smallest traffic jam. Laying out the roads in a grid and using zoning plans to create clusters of industry, commerce, and residences are basic tenets of any major metropolitan area. Ignoring the growth this area has, and hopefully will continue to, experience will not solve our problems. Just because this was a small town when you grew up here 50yrs ago didn't mean that it was going to stay that way forever or that it should continue to be managed like a small town today.

Posted by: TheHunter

March 19, 2013 at 1:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

If we could get rid of all those filthy gas stations and convenience stores, then the traffic problem would take care of itself. We could turn Fudville into one great big junkyard. Gee, I'm sounding like a nut.

Posted by: Moneymyst

March 19, 2013 at 3:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sarah Marsh is proving, in her first few months in office, to be a stellar leader and champion for environmental progress in Fayetteville. I'm excited for Fayetteville's future with Sarah at the helm of the Environmental Action Committee!

Posted by: ozarknature

March 19, 2013 at 5:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Marsh is proving, her first few months in office, to be an "unlogisch libil mentalially Kranke unkontrolliet aufgeschlossen freigiebig." She will, in the future provide the normal readers of the NWA Times with many humorous moments.

Posted by: Moneymyst

March 20, 2013 at 8:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

>>If there had been a long-term, regional plan in place from the beginning NW Arkansas wouldn't be the world's smallest traffic jam.

Back in the 1970s there was the NWA Regional Planning Commission. I have no idea if it still exists or what its mission may be.

This area and much of Arkansas is finally coming to terms with suburban life. Many former displaced rural Arkies and So Missouri jailbirds fail to recognize we can no longer think like the cities are a minor spot in a countryside setting but, unfortunately they do.

Posted by: cdawg

March 20, 2013 at 12:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pidgin German? Das ist nicht ser gut., Money.
...
The need is obvious for light rail or at least one decent regular bus route up and down 71 from MO to Ft. Smith.

Posted by: Coralie

March 20, 2013 at 2:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I've said it before; I'll say it again. Northwest Arkansas needs light rail as much as the Moon needs a McDonalds.

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Die Stadtbahn in Northwest Arkansas ist ein Hippie Hirngespinst.

Posted by: Tankersley101

March 21, 2013 at 11:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )