Peninsula Farms Condo Subdivision on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Farms Condo Subdivision on the Old Mission Peninsula; looking south across the road from Wildwood Meadows | Jane Boursaw Photo
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The Peninsula Township Board will hold their January meeting in person at the Township Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. Attendees are required to wear a mask at all times and keep six feet away from other attendees.

On the agenda is a request to approve Peninsula Farms Condominium Subdivision, located at 6960 Center Road, north of the Pelizzari Natural Area and about 300 feet south of the intersection of Center Road and Mathison Road/Wildwood Meadows Drive.

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As noted in the developer’s application, this is a Use-by-Right development with ten single-family residential lots with municipal sewer and water services. The proposed project is located on a parcel currently owned by James and Carolyn Carroll.

Sean McCardel Construction has entered into a purchase agreement for the property with the Carrolls, pending the Township’s zoning review. The existing Carroll home is incorporated into the development plan, and the Carrolls would continue to reside in their home on the newly created Unit 5.

The 8.78-acre development will be accessed via a new private road called Peninsula Farm. Also, an area for pedestrian connection to the Pelizzari Natural Area will be preserved between Units 6 and 7 for potential future development. While this is not currently accessible to Pelizzari, it’s being incorporated into the plan in the event that a connection becomes available in the future.

According to the application, “A review of historical aerial photography dating back 25 years shows no indication of orchards on the property.”

Peninsula Farms Condo Subdivision Site Plan on the Old Mission Peninsula
Peninsula Farms Condo Subdivision Aerial View on the Old Mission Peninsula

The project team, along with representatives from the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, recently toured the site to investigate the potential for conveying a portion of the east end of the site for natural resource preservation.

As noted in the application, “Land Conservancy representatives were pleased with the quality of the forested area on the east end of the site. They also identified some less desirable, invasive tree species in the center of the site where the development is proposed.”

Peninsula Farms Condo Subdivision on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Farms Condo Subdivision on the Old Mission Peninsula; looking north from the Mission Ridge driveway | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Farms Condo Subdivision on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Farms Condo Subdivision on the Old Mission Peninsula; from the Carroll’s driveway | Jane Boursaw Photo

In a letter from the Township’s engineering consultant, Gourdie-Fraser, they note, “There is sufficient information on updated set of plans to indicate the intent and ability to comply with the Ordinances.” They recommend that “the Township use this letter as a ‘preliminary condominium subdivision plan approval’ to allow for consideration of the use-by-right permit.”

For more information on the development, click here to access the meeting packet on the Township website.

Also on the Agenda:

  • Request to allow Bella Vue to proceed with plans to develop a planned unit development (PUD), given that the proposed development contains fewer than the 20 acres required by PUDs. This project is located near the intersection of Bluff Road and Center Road. (See site plan in meeting packet.)
  • Update on new online engagement tool called “Participate Old Mission.” This is a new website where residents can read about the Township’s master plan, zoning ordinance, and other township issues, as well as interact with ideas, questions and suggestions.
  • Marty Lagina road name requests. Application has been made to name two new private roads near his winery/vineyard, Mari Vineyard, as “Templar Lane” and “Cavaliere Court.”
  • Annual approval of county computerized tax roll.
  • Request by Mannor Properties LLC to approve Resolution 2021-01-12 #1 to amend a recorded conservation easement. This property is located at 3469 Old Mission Road, on the corner of Center Road and Old Mission Road. They are requesting permission to relocate a residential building site.
  • Update on winery lawsuit. Read more about the lawsuit here.
  • Request to approve three-year attorney fee proposal for fiscal years 2021–2022, 2022–2023, and 2023–2024. Attorney Greg Miehn is requesting a stated fee of $50,000 per year, with a monthly payment of $4,166. This covers a wide array of legal services, including land division review, defense of lawsuits, enforcement of zoning ordinance, providing legal opinions, being available to staff to resolve questions, ensuring compliance, and attending board meetings as requested. Civil actions requested to be filed will be outside the stated fee, but with a limitation of $10,000 per civil case. The attorney fee on these matters shall be $195 per hour.

For more information on any of the above, see the meeting packet on the Township website.

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