the 81, public hearing, peninsula township
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Just a reminder that the second half of the public hearing for the “81 on East Bay” development will be held tomorrow, Dec. 12, at St. Joseph Church at 7 p.m. The church is located at 12675 Center Road, near the intersection of Island View Road. There will be time for public comment.

This is a continuation of the public hearing which took place Oct. 27, during which the Peninsula Township Board and Township residents heard information related to the 81-acre development bordering Boursaw Road that would include 41 single-family lots and up to 40 boat docking spaces on East Bay under a Special Use Permit.

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Read our report of the Oct. 27 public hearing here.

Once again, at tomorrow’s public hearing, the only two issues on which the Township are allowed to deliberate are those remanded back to the Township by now-retired 13th Circuit Court Judge Philip Rodgers in a January 2016 ruling.

Those issues include the location and functionality of the development’s emergency access road, and whether the standards for soil erosion, grading and storm water have been met. No other issues can be considered with regard to the development, which was approved by the previous Township Board in August 2015 (prior to public information that the land was farmed for decades), but challenged in court by Township resident James Komendera and the nonprofit group, Preserve Old Mission. The group’s suit led to the January 2016 ruling by Judge Rodgers.

According to the agenda, tomorrow’s public hearing will include a brief summary by the applicant, public comment, and deliberation by the Township Board regarding only those issues that were remanded to the Township Board in the Circuit Court Order of Jan. 15, 2016 in Circuit Court File No. 2015031218AA. Deliberations may include questions to the applicant, public or Township planner or other professionals.

To view the agenda and meeting packets, visit the Township website here and look under the “Township Board” section for the December 12, 2017 meeting.

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