East Bay Township Approves Elmbrook Rezoning, 3 Mile Trail & Housing Resolutions

Rose Hansen

East Bay Township trustees approved a developer’s request this week to rezone the Elmbrook Golf Program home, a transfer that will pave the way for a blend of rental and for-sale housing to be developed on the 228-acre web page in the coming yrs. The golf class is slated to […]

East Bay Township trustees approved a developer’s request this week to rezone the Elmbrook Golf Program home, a transfer that will pave the way for a blend of rental and for-sale housing to be developed on the 228-acre web page in the coming yrs. The golf class is slated to continue to be open up to the general public for at least a several much more years when the housing designs are formulated. Township trustees this week also permitted a proposed route for extending the A few Mile Trail from South Airport to Hammond Highway, and handed a resolution of aid for a regional housing campaign.

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Elmbrook Rezoning
Following making an attempt due to the fact at minimum 2018 to purchase and redevelop the Elmbrook Golf Study course, developer Joe Locricchio received a inexperienced light from East Bay Township this 7 days to rezone the home, permitting him to go ahead with purchasing and setting up housing on the web page.

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Trustees voted 6-1 – with Matt Cook opposed – to rezone the 228-acre property from very low-density residential to a mix of medium and substantial-density household. Township Director of Scheduling and Zoning Claire Karner explained that the rezoning would not adjust the over-all variety of units that could be developed on the sprawling property – up to 912 units – but rather allow for Locricchio to make a combine of housing on the site, relatively than just the solitary-household households allowed on low-density household house. “This is not an effort and hard work to accomplish better density than what could be crafted there currently,” Locricchio echoed. “We are wanting for a range of housing kinds.” The developer stated that making only solitary-spouse and children residences alternatively of featuring a combine of those people households together with rental flats and other types of models would be a “missed option to enable fulfill the housing desires of the township.”

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Locricchio provided a number of circumstances as portion of the rezoning ask for, which include agreeing to use buffers and transitions in intensity of housing on sections of the assets closest to surrounding residential neighborhoods. Locricchio achieved with reps of those neighborhoods in an endeavor to handle their issues about the redevelopment of the golf class, with an lawyer for the residents afterwards sending a letter to township officials indicating they were being contented with Locricchio’s circumstances.

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Trustee Mindy Walters, who also sits on the township’s planning commission, said that when the arranging fee held a general public hearing in July on the rezoning ask for – ultimately voting to endorse its approval to the township board – some citizens continue to expressed worries with the venture. But people issues were being both linked to not wanting the public golf class to close or seeking to see a in-depth web-site program outlining precisely in which various sorts of housing would be constructed. Most citizens did not object to the rezoning request by itself, she claimed, but somewhat “were objecting to what may be in their backyard” especially. Walters explained she herself assumed the project would be “good for the local community,” and that primarily based on the situations attached to the request she thought “most people today were being satisfied with the outcome that we have in this article.”

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For people concerned about the disappearance of Elmbrook Golf Course, Locricchio pressured the golfing course – which is open now – is arranging to work in 2022 and possible will be open at minimum another year or two soon after that. The rezoning ask for was handed with an efficient date of November 2022, right after which position the developer will have 3 yrs to make considerable development on housing development on the internet site. If he fails to do so by 2025, he will require to seek out an extension or else the rezoning will expire.

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Once the rezoning goes into influence future yr, Elmbrook Golf Program will become a legal non-confirming use on the residence. That means the golf class can temporarily carry on to function and be open to the general public, but are unable to grow or make any significant improvements. After housing construction is underway and the rezoning is produced everlasting, the golfing course would no lengthier be an permitted use and would have to near. The developer can offer a private golfing amenity for residents on the property, but it “wouldn’t be open up to the community for use,” Karner explained. Locricchio claimed the house owners of Elmbrook have been seeking to provide for decades, noting that golfing has become an “incredibly difficult industry” and that the household users are on the lookout to shift on to other alternatives.

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For residents seeking particulars on the type of housing coming to the residence, there is not however a web site strategy for the task, this means Locricchio has not still finalized what style of models will be constructed or exactly where or in what figures. He instructed trustees this week he intends to build a “blend of industry-charge rental and for-sale housing.” The developer will be working with the Grand Traverse County Road Fee to improve Townline Road among Hammond Road and the golf study course provider travel in the following year or two, and a sewer line is staying prolonged to deliver municipal water and sewer to the growth. Karner also stated she foresaw chances to increase nonmotorized connections to the house in conjunction with Safe Routes to University work happening elsewhere in the corridor. More particulars on what’s predicted to be a multi-yr, multi-stage advancement – such as specifics on housing designs/layout and the interior circulation program for the community – will be unveiled when the venture will come back in the upcoming to the setting up commission for a web site plan evaluate.

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Also at this week’s meeting…
> Township trustees unanimously approved a conceptual route for a planned new Three Mile Trail extension from South Airport Road to Hammond Highway. The township, TART Trails, Norte, and Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC) are partners in the challenge, which will make use of GTRLC’s latest acquisition of the Mitchell Creek Golf Program residence to route the path by means of a planned new nature preserve on the site. Township trustees, preparing commissioners, and parks and recreation commissioners have all now signed off on the conceptual approach. Upcoming ways in the job will include things like operating with house entrepreneurs alongside the route to safe easements, going into style and engineering, and fundraising for the undertaking, which is anticipated to charge upwards of $12 million.

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> Township trustees handed a resolution of support for Housing North’s Houses for Our Foreseeable future marketing campaign, an initiative targeted on driving motion and furnishing methods to people and communities to handle regional housing problems. As section of the resolution, the township agreed to participate in Housing North’s Housing All set Checklist, which incorporates reviewing setting up, zoning, and funding procedures to identify strengths and options when it comes to encouraging housing expansion. East Bay Township is 1 of lots of nearby municipalities Housing North has possibly currently approached or programs to method to acquire aid for the housing marketing campaign and to have interaction in the Housing Completely ready Checklist process.  

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