The board also agreed to a variance that will allow developer Dale Kracker to construct only one entrance instead of the two that are required for sites of more than 24 homes.
The Spring Ridge development is the first proposed for Spring Lake Township in more than five years. Several months ago, the township's Planning Commission approved a rezoning request for the property, changing it from rural residential to medium-density residential.
Last month, more than 30 neighbors attended a public hearing to express concern over traffic, wetlands and the single ingress/egress drive. After that meeting, planning commissioners voted to recommend approval to the Township Board.
Township trustees voted 5-2 this week to allow the single drive because they said it would have less impact on the wetlands.
A requested variance for wetland setbacks will be decided by Township Community Development Director Lukas Hill.
Township Supervisor John Nash said he is not in favor of reducing the wetland setback from 25 to 10 feet, as requested by the developer.
“I think that would be inconsistent with neighboring neighborhoods," he said.
Project engineer and consultant Dennis Dunlap said the requested wetland setback reduction “is tied to topography issues.”
The roads and homes would be built up several feet. Much of the fill would come from digging a pond on the site.
“We'll construct a 1-acre pond in the lower northeast corner to create diversity in the wetlands and generate fill for construction,” Dunlap said.
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