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Changes eyed for Old Town housing development

Alex Doty • Jan 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Developers hope to change the type of housing development they’re putting in on a 1.56-acre parcel along the east side of Third Street, just north of Jackson Street, in Grand Haven’s Old Town neighborhood.

The city’s Planning Commission this week recommended that City Council approve a request from Pere Marquette Partners II LLC to switch its development from being zoned under the Old Town District rules to a Planned Development District, along with approval of a preliminary development plan.

The approval would be for six two-family dwellings at Pere Marquette Place.

Pere Marquette Place was previously approved in October 2014 for six single-family dwellings. Aside from the road leading into the development, no homes have been constructed.

On Tuesday, motions from commissioners to both approve and deny the zoning change failed by votes of 3-4, said the city’s community development manager, Jennifer Howland. However, the commission then voted 5-2 to recommend approval with a stipulation of no short-term rentals on the site, Howland said.

Howland said the commission originally met Dec. 12, 2017, to make a recommendation on the zoning change. At this meeting, there were only five commissioners present, and they voted 3-2 to recommend approval. But that was an inadequate number for support, so the project was brought back to the commission for its Jan. 9 meeting for consideration.

“You need five votes, up or down,” Howland said referencing a recommendation to City Council.

With sufficient votes in hand, Howland noted that there will now likely be a public hearing planned for Jan. 15 in front of City Council so that it can review the plan.

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