Court: Group can’t appeal truck stop decision

The Ottawa County courthouse in Grand Haven.

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An Ottawa County court has rejected a request from a group of opponents to overturn Holland Township’s approval of a new truck stop.

The Holland Township Planning Commission approved the construction of a Love’s Truck Stop on Adams Street near I-196 in March.

Opponents — many of whom have safety concerns — say they were not informed of the plan to build the truck stop until it was too late to address the township board with their objections.

They filed an appeal in April, asking the Ottawa County Circuit Court to overturn the township’s decision. In that appeal, opponents said the truck stop would increase crime like sex trafficking, increase the risk of car crashes on Adams Street, and prevent people from enjoying the nearby Hawthorn Pond Natural Area.

A ruling from Judge Jon Van Allsburg issued Monday said the opponents do not have legal standing to appeal the township’s decision.

Opponents did not demonstrate they will suffer personal damages, according to the court, but rather “alleged general damages of the kind experienced by other community members.”

And that, Van Allsburg decided, is not good enough to justify the appeal.

Van Allsburg said he could order the township to hold another hearing on the truck stop, but that “it appears that any such remand would be futile.”

The judge also reminded opponents that they may still peacefully assemble to object to the truck stop and ask the township to change its decision, and they have the right to try to recall their township officials.

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