The Sands Township Planning Commission (Michigan) has approved a proposal to construct and operate a new year-round recreational and resort area.
According to a Mining Journal report, the proposal, submitted by Mark Curran, received approval despite concerns raised by several residents at the meeting.
The new development will span over 600 acres and feature 23 cabins, 100 campsites, and 12 luxury glamping sites.
The site will be located north of Pelissier Lake and will surround Little Pelissier Lake, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
However, several residents raised concerns about the potential impact the development could have on the surrounding environment and local community. Noise pollution, destruction of bald eagle nests, increased fire danger, and recreational use of Pelissier Lake were some of the concerns raised.
A Sands Township resident, Rachel Quayle, spoke against the development, saying, “A campground should not be located near a landfill, a gravel pit and quarry, and most importantly, surrounded by residential areas.”
Quayle also proposed the idea of a conservation easement to protect the area’s agricultural and open space value.
Despite these concerns, the planning commission approved the proposal with 15 conditions, including complying with DNR rules regarding eagle nests located on the property, installing a berm, and having a dry hydrant with a 12,000-gallon holding tank.
Chairwoman Shelley Brauer echoed Quayle’s concerns about bald eagle nests and said that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources would need to go through the designated campground area before development to see if there were nests.
Mark Curran addressed concerns about noise pollution, stating that Rippling River Resort, which he also owns, does not tolerate loud noise, and the same would go for the new campground. He also advised residents to contact the township or the campground if they have noise complaints.
Despite some opposition, the new recreational and resort area will provide a new option for visitors to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of Sands Township. The site is expected to attract visitors from all over the region and boost the local economy.