- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Traverse City voters will decide whether to amend the city’s charter to require a public vote to approve construction of buildings taller than 60 feet.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/2ax6MeR ) city commissioners approved a resolution Monday to place the proposed charter amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot. The vote comes amid debate about how taller buildings affect the character of the popular northern Michigan tourist destination.

The amendment, if adopted, would require a majority of city voters to OK construction of any building taller than 60 feet before city officials could accept the project.

City Attorney Lauren Trible-Laucht says she expects a legal challenge if the ballot measure is approved.

Save Our Downtown organizer Brenda Quick says the nonprofit group consulted with six attorneys before starting the petition drive.


Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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