Vote on Saugatuck dunes development postponed

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A rendering of the proposed development at the Saugatuck dunes. (North Shores of Saugatuck, LLC via Saugatuck Township)


SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Again, a proposed development on the Saugatuck dunes is facing opposition.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Saugatuck Township Planning Commission heard details about the proposal. Holland-based construction company Cottage Home, which bought a 309-acre portion of the dunes in December of last year, wants to build several single-family homes, two condominiums for future development and a private marina on the Kalamazoo River.

>PDF: Details of proposed development

Opponents say the construction of the marina will require the removal of more than 150,000 tons of sand. They say that will have a negative impact on the dunes and ruin the historic area.

“We don’t like to look at it as a fight. We’re trying to protect and preserve the natural wonder of this area that supports ninety-some percent of us here because of the tourist economy,” Marcia Perry of the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance told 24 Hour News 8.

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The March 28, 2017 meeting of the Saugatuck Township Planning Commission.

After hearing public comment, the commission tabled voting on whether to approve the preliminary site plan and a special use permit for the marina until its April meeting. Commissioners said they want more time to make an informed decision.

>>PDF: Map of proposed development

Development at the site has been a hot topic for years, previously when it was owned by energy billionaire Aubrey McClendon, who died suddenly in a car crash in Oklahoma City about a year ago.