Harsens Island project hearing set for Oct. 10
By NICOLE GERRING
CLAY TWP.-Area residents will have the opportunity to comment on a proposed condominium development on Harsens Island during a public hearing next month.
The Clay Township Planning Commission will have a public hearing Oct. 10 on the $170 million, 380-acre housing development. Grande Pointe Development paid the township $10,000 in planning and consultant fees to review the development proposal, said township Clerk Michael Pellerito.
Grande Pointe Development is managed by former Clay Township resident and casino investor Michael Malik. The company applied in March for a permit to build "cluster housing" on the former Boys & Girls Club property. In cluster housing, several residential units are grouped together and large open spaces are left between the groups of units.
The company presented its plans to the planning commission this summer, said Dorothy Deboyer, chairwoman of the commission. Members of the public will be able to share their views and ask the company questions during the public hearing, Deboyer said.
Deboyer said the commission will not make a decision to approve or reject the proposal on Oct. 10.
The commission will discuss the project and the information presented at the hearing. At a later date, members will decide whether to recommend the proposal be approved as is by the township board; recommend it be approved with conditions; or deny the project.
It's unknown when that decision will be made.
"(The commission is) going to be listening to the public's thoughts and concerns, and they're going to be considering the information of the zoning ordinance," she said.
Deboyer said according to township ordinance, the project's cluster housing is allowed within a residential area. It wasn't clear if a zoning change would be necessary when the proposal was submitted March 30.
The company was charged $10,000 for the site plan review because of the size and scope of the project, she said. The township pays Community Planning and Management in Clinton Township to be a planning consultant.
"When you have a plan as large as this, the fees are going to be high," Deboyer said.
The proposal includes a request that the St. Clair County Road Commission abandon North Channel Drive on the island.
The company has not submitted a written request for a road abandonment, said Greg Owens, director of internal services and board secretary with the road commission.
After submitting the request, the company then would have to collect the signatures of seven township landowners, according to state law on abandonment procedures.
The county would have to determine if the loss of the road would infringe on public access to a lake or stream. There also would have to be a public hearing before making a final decision on the road.
Contact Nicole Gerring at (810) 989-6270 or firstname.lastname@example.org