Developers proposing annear Michigan’s Torch River are appealing Milton Township’s refusal of a special use permit, a report said. They are also applying for another permit for a smaller layout.
In addition, the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy required the owners and developers to remove the sediment that ran off the during two floodings in August.
Jim and Lori Brewer, the landowners, filed an administrativein the 13th Circuit Court in August after Milton Township Planning Commission denied their request for a special land-use permit.
Andrew Blodgett, the Brewers’ attorney, argued that the decision violated the township ordinance, state law, and the Constitution as it was too vague, followed improper procedure, and attempted to impose rules that were not in township ordinances. The attorney asked Judge Kevin Elsenheimer to reverse the decision or alter the commission’s decision.
The township, in its response, denied allegations of errors in the decision and requested Elsenheimer to deny the.
This application was for an Torch Lake roads, records reveal. It’s located just north of a preserve of 290 acres owned by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy which was previously held by the trust that sold the smaller portion to the Brewers in 2017.with 80 sites on 10 acres between Miller and
In October, Brewer filed a new special use permit application, this time to permit a 70-located on the same property, records indicate.
Bill Hefferan, Milton Township Planning Commission’s chairman, said the application hasn’t been reviewed yet, and it’s unlikely to be included on the commission’s November 9 agenda. He hopes to discuss the matter at another meeting later this month. However, he was not sure of the date and referred the issue to township Planner Sara Kopriva.