Spring Lake Village Council will discuss the township’s request to rezone the 2.4-acre site, from single-family residential to public/semi-public, at 7 p.m. Monday at Barber School. Council is expected to make a final decision that night.
Village President Jim MacLachlan said only the rezoning request will be considered.
“We won’t be discussing building height, setbacks or anything like that,” he said. “We’ll be deciding if public/semi-public planned unit development is an appropriate use.”
MacLachlan, who has heard the township’s lengthy presentation several times, encouraged council members to come prepared with questions.
“We will limit the time (township leaders) are allowed to (make a presentation),” he said. “We will take a vote and it will be decided one way or the other.”
Village Manager Chris Burns said the public may also chime in with questions and input.
“We’ve elected to hear additional public comment as a courtesy, even though it’s not a formal public hearing,” she said.
In February, the Village Planning Commission failed to make a recommendation to Village Council on the rezoning request. That motion ended on a tie vote.
Despite data and expert testimony that a fire station at that site could improve response times, planning commissioners expressed concerns over the suitability of that location, traffic congestion and building height.
Township Fire Chief Brian Sipe said after a council work session last week that he is glad the decision is being narrowed to the rezoning request and not building plans.
“The task at hand is the rezoning, and we need to stay focused on the task at hand,” he said.
If the requested rezoning is approved, the township plans to construct an 18,800-square-foot township hall/fire station on the site.
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