Rezoning 25-acre parcel for horse farm tabled

Jennifer McVoy has been showcasing horses since she was 8 years old and exhibits them regularly at national horse competitions, said her husband, Jason Bergeron. The Park Township couple currently owns five horses, and said they would like to raise them and five more on 25 acres they are seeking to purchase on 152nd Avenue in Grand Haven Township.
Kyle Moroney
Oct 25, 2011

The Township Board on Monday unanimously tabled a request by Bergeron and McVoy to rezone the 25 acre-parcel from planned unit development to agricultural after hearing from the president of a nearby home association on concerns of odor and possible noise.

Richard Boyink, president of the Homes of the Hunter’s Woods Condo Association — which consists of about 90 condominiums in the development — said he was not notified of the zoning request, yet had questions about the issue. Boyink said the president of the Hunter’s Woods association that represents the 30 homes in the development, was also not notified.

“We’re not 100-percent opposed to it, we just don’t know what it entails,” Boyink said Monday. “... We’re open-minded, we’re not closed minded. We just want some more information.”

Township Manager Bill Cargo explained that notices were sent to all property owners within 300 feet of the proposed rezoning — including some of those in the Hunter’s Woods subdivision.

The subdivision abuts the 25-acre parcel, but there is a buffer of about 50 feet between the two properties, according to Cargo. Besides the subdivision, the property proposed for rezoning is surrounded by agricultural to the west, rural residential to the south and vacant residential property owned by the Grand Haven Area Public Schools District to the east.

The Township Board requested to hold another public hearing on the rezoning request, which is scheduled for its Nov. 14 meeting. Cargo said he will again notify all property owners within 300 feet of the property, as well as Boyink — who will notify the residents in Hunter’s Woods.

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