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New senior housing development considered

Alex Doty • May 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — A planned new senior living development could soon be coming to the Township Board for review and approval.

In April, the Grand Haven Township Planning Commission hosted a public hearing for the proposed Village at Rosy Mound senior living campus, which would be located on Lakeshore Drive near Rosy Mound Elementary School and the Ottawa County Road Commission.

Developer RW Properties I LLC has a purchase agreement with the owner of the 27-acre site — the Ottawa County Road Commission — with the sale being contingent upon receiving a planned unit development approval from the township.

The planned development would include facilities for congregate living, assisted living, cottages and senior apartment-style buildings.

“The Township Planning Commission’s role in a planned unit development is to make a recommendation to the board,” Township Community Development Director Stacey Fedewa said. “As you know, PUDs allow the township to provide flexibility on ordinance requirements if it results in a better and more innovative development.”

According to Fedewa, the development falls under the “Housing for the Elderly” category of the township’s PUD chapter.

She noted that the township’s zoning ordinance does not specifically address that land use, so staff had to determine similar land uses to establish a basic set of standards for which to review.

In response, staff selected the following land uses to establish the base standards for the building types:

— Congregate: Multiple-family dwellings, a permitted use

— Assisted Living: Nursing or convalescent homes, a special land use

— Cottages (2 units): Two-family dwellings, a special land use

— Three-plus units: Multiple-family dwellings, a permitted use

“The need for flexibility on this site was needed because of the physical characteristics constricting the property,” Fedewa noted.

As a result, a list of departures are being requested from the township’s zoning ordinance, with a vast majority of being directly related to the site constraints.

“Similar to the Health Pointe project, staff could not anticipate how the Planning Commission would address each request, so a formal motion to recommend approval or denial was not possible,” Fedewa said. “Thus, a motion was adopted that indicates the commission will recommend conditional approval, but has directed staff to draft a formal motion along with the report of findings based on the determinations made that night.”

According to Fedewa, this would likely be considered for adoption at one of the township’s next scheduled Planning Commission meeting. Following the Planning Commission recommendation, the next step would be for the Township Board to host a public hearing.

“If approved by the board, it will require a first reading and second reading because it constitutes a rezoning to PUD,” Fedewa said.

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