Vineyard Ridge, Ken Schmidt
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A public hearing for Vineyard Ridge Special Use Permit (SUP) #127 will take place at the Peninsula Township Planning Commission meeting on Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall.

Owned by Traverse City realtor Ken Schmidt, Vineyard Ridge, LLC includes a 47 unit condominium subdivision planned unit development (PUD) within the Suburban Residential Single and Two-Family (R-1C) zoning district, as permitted by Section 6.4.2 of the Peninsula Township Zoning Ordinance.

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Located across the road from the Pelizzari Natural Area, the parcel is roughly 27.87 acres with approximately 674 feet of frontage on Center Road.

A public hearing for this SUP took place on July 18, 2016 (read our report here), at which time no decisions were made. However, both Peninsula Township residents and Planning Commission members expressed concern over issues relating to traffic, tree removal, and open space.

Following a Planning Commission discussion on Sept. 19, 2016, the developer reconfigured the plan to ensure that 10 percent of the open space is dedicated to public recreation, in the form of a trail on three sides of the property. To read and download the Jan. 23 meeting packet and Vineyard Ridge application, visit the Township’s website.

Monday night’s meeting will also include a report from the Zoning Rewrite Working Committee. Monnie Peters notes that she, along with other Planning Commission members Alan Couture and Laura Serocki and Township Planner Gordon Hayward, have been meeting weekly to review and edit McKenna’s second draft of the Zoning Ordinance dated Oct. 31, 2016. They are also identifying areas that need further discussion by the full Planning Commission.

Other items on Monday night’s agenda include election of officers, appointment of a Planning Commission liaison member to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Master Plan Round Table Committee report, Planning Commission Year End Report, and a report on the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (2016 PA 281-283) as it relates to Peninsula Township. This package of bills signed by Governor Snyder on Sept. 21, 2016 significantly expands the types of medical marihuana facilities permitted under state law and establishes a licensing scheme similar to that for liquor licenses (read more here).

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