The Peninsula Township Board will hold a special informational meeting about the ongoing winery lawsuit on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, 7 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 12675 Center Road.
In an email from Peninsula Township Clerk Becky Chown, she notes that the meeting is taking place in order to:
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1) Allow citizens’ comments on the Amended Complaint filed by WOMP (Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula).
2) Allow the Township Board to go into closed session to discuss the proposed settlement agreement that was created as a result of numerous meetings between representatives from WOMP and Peninsula Township.
“Your attendance and comments are welcome and encouraged,” notes the email. If you’re unable to attend the meeting, you may send comments to Peninsula Township, 13235 Center Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686, or email them to Becky, [email protected].
In the lawsuit, first filed in the fall of 2020, the wineries claim that restrictions in the Peninsula Township Ordinance are costing them thousands of dollars each year. The Township is currently in the process of re-writing the ordinance.
Click here to read all of the stories and opinion pieces posted on Old Mission Gazette about the winery lawsuit.
Read WOMP’s Amended Complaint, filed on Jan. 4, 2021, here.
Read Peninsula Township’s Zoning Ordinance, with Amendments through August 31, 2009, (through Amendment 184), here.
Read Peninsula Township’s Zoning Ordinance, Amendments 185-195, here.
Read Peninsula Township’s Zoning Ordinance Re-Write Draft, dated May 17, 2021, here.
Read the results of the 2019 Survey of Peninsula Township Citizens here.
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We hope to be able to make it to the meeting at St. Joseph’s church to hear about WOMP’s wining about their huge problems of not being able to ruin the quite nature of our Old Mission Peninsula. Maybe they should get more cheese to go along with all their wining. I am sure they would make the OMP much more hectic and even dangerous serving wine to much larger groups and then also serving wine later into the night as they don’t seem to limit the wine consumption in the interest of the almighty dollar which is most of their problem in that they think they have lost thousands of dollars in revenue and feel persecuted in that so much of their tourists are going elsewhere for their drinking and partying.
We have personally witnesses bridal parties leaving these establishments where the attendees have trouble walking to the buses that are carting them around to the wineries.
We have also witnessed two vehicle accidents along Peninsula Drive very near to our home where the driver went off the road and totaled their cars. One person drove right through a garage and landed on the bay side off the road. The other one sheared off a power pole and landed almost in the bay. We know of one women that was killed further out on Peninsula Drive. And just recently a car went off the road and sheared off the mailboxes on the East side of Peninsula Drive after leaving the road and losing control of their automobile.
All of these incidents or most were due to DUI drivers. If the wineries get their changes it would increase the danger of having buzzed drivers along the only two main roads stretching the length of the Peninsula. Already we have most drivers exceeding the speed limit of 35 mph on Peninsula Drive in front of our home. And I can predict that M-37 at 55 mph would be more dangerous with buzzed drivers at night and during the winter months. Please don’t be worried about the 44 page lawsuit as it is just a bunch of wining by owners already making plenty of money and they are just being greedy in the face of safety to our roads in wanting larger and larger groups and longer hours into the the night time.
The zoning ordinances are to protect the residents living on OMP and not to help the wineries make more money.
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