New commissioner opposes township plan

A former Spring Lake Township board member is fired up about becoming a village planning commissioner, but she’s not so hot on the idea of a new township fire station/town hall on a prominent village corner.
Marie Havenga
Apr 19, 2014

Norma Cook, 70, recently moved from the township to the village. Earlier this week, Village Council unanimously approved her appointment to the Planning Commission.

“One thing that brought me here is my concern for the fire department wanting to be in the village,” Cook told council Monday night. “The township calls itself a ‘good neighbor,’ yet wants to take a very profitable corner.”

Cook said even when she lived in the township prior to her March move to the Liberty Woods apartment complex in the village, she spoke out against the proposed fire station/township hall at the northeast corner of M-104 and Fruitport Road. She said the township is asking a lot of the village to rezone the 2.4-acre site from single-family residential to public/semi-public, taking it off the tax roll.

“The village is so land-locked, (and) either one of those corners (northeast and southwest Fruitport Road/M-104) are very, very healthy commercial pieces,” she said.

Village Council is expected to vote on the rezoning request at 7 p.m. Monday at Barber School. Village Manager Jim MacLachlan said the discussion will focus on the rezoning request and not delve into building or site plan specifics.

Cook served on the Township Board from 2004-08 and for many years on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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