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Peninsula Township Schedules Public Hearing on ‘The 81’ Development

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The 81 Development
The 81 Development

Peninsula Township will hold a public hearing on “The 81” development on March 15, 2016. The meeting will take place during the regular meeting of the Township Board, at 7 p.m. at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.

In August of 2015, the Peninsula Township Board approved the development (read more here) with several conditions.

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This resulted in the organization of the nonprofit Preserve Old Mission, which serves to oppose non-conforming development and preserve the natural beauty of the Old Mission Peninsula.

The August decision by the Peninsula Township Board was challenged in court by Preserve Old Mission, and on Dec. 21, 2015, the two parties went before Judge Philip Rogers of the 13th Circuit Court in Grand Traverse County.

Judge Rules Against Developer on The 81

In January, Judge Rogers ruled against the developer on proper soil erosion studies and emergency fire road. The upcoming public hearing on March 15 will cover these issues.

The specific sections of the Peninsula Township Zoning Ordinance that will be reviewed include: Section 8.1.3(c), Section 8.1.3(3)(d), Section 8.1.3(3)(e), Section 8.1.3(3)(h), Section 8.1.3(3)(j), and Section 8.1.3(3)(n).

“The 81” development borders Boursaw Road and Smokey Hollow Road, and includes parcels 28-11-114-001-00 and 28-11-114-002-00. A copy of the proposed Special Use Permit (PUD) Application may be examined at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Rd. between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Read more about “The 81” development here.

Leave thoughts in the comments below. Are you in favor of “The 81” development?

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