Friends of Grass Lake Township “Claim of Appeal” Court Date Tuesday, February 19

Friends of Grass Lake Township
Rick Murphy: 239-989-5593

Joanne Ackerman: 734-755-9103 (cell)

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in the Jackson County Circuit Courtroom of Judge McBain oral arguments will be given by the law firm, Conlin, McKenney & Philbrick, PC, representing the nonprofit corporation, Friends of Grass Lake Township’s (FRIENDS)  “Claim of Appeal” case.  The FRIENDS are appealing the decision of October 12, 2017 made by the Grass Lake Charter Township Planning Commission.

The nearly 300 residents in attendance at the October 12th meeting along with the Friends of Grass Lake Township hoped the Planning Commission would evaluate the evidence presented and deny the special use permit application submitted by L & L Development for an aggregate mining operation located at 1180 Norvell Road, Grass Lake, Michigan.

However, in the decision dated October 12, 2017 the Grass Lake Charter Township Planning Commission approved the application for the special use permit with certain conditions. The 1-year SUP was renewed by the Planning Commission on November 8, 2018 at another public hearing,

The Friends of Grass Lake Township believe that the Planning Commission did not fully understand, or take into consideration, the very serious consequences of this proposed use when they issued the special use permit.

Some of these very serious consequences include:

• The extraction operation will have a negative effect on property values for neighboring properties and Grass Lake Township; have a negative effect on local business; an adverse effect on roadways and traffic, and the potential to contaminate or adversely affect the water supply for neighboring residents and the health risks associated with air-born silica dust to the community.

• The proposed extraction operation will be a nuisance and disturbing to the neighboring uses.

• The Decision violates the multiple aspects of the Master Plan, adopted by the Planning Commission and the Board of Trustees on December 13, 2016; “New development will generally reflect existing rural character;” the encroachment of commercial and industrial uses into residential areas will be discouraged; the Residential Development Goal will be encouraged which reflects, preserves, the community values and character of Grass Lake Township.

“We are optimistic that after Judge McBain reviews and evaluates the facts, the expert testimony, and the evidence that he will make a legal unbiased decision,” states Rick Murphy, President of the Friends of Grass Lake Township.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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