The township's Planning Commission held a public hearing on Monday for the I-1A corridor industrial district, as well as special land use requirements that would allow indoor recreation and athletic-type facilities under the I-1A zone. No one from the public spoke during the hearing, Township Manager Bill Cargo said.
Following the hearing, the commission unanimously recommended to the Township Board approval of the district, as well as amended a chapter in its ordinance that would provide additional special land use requirements in that district.
The Township Board is expected to hold a first reading on the issue at its meeting on Monday, Cargo said.
Earlier this year, representatives from LSL Planning met with township planners about creating a new zoning district that would allow greater flexibility for industrial-type businesses. This “gateway district” would primarily accommodate manufacturing, assembling and fabricating businesses, the proposed ordinance states.
Many of the industrial businesses along 172nd Avenue near U.S. 31 in the township would be included in the new classification.
“Every zoning district has certain permitted uses and special land uses that are authorized,” Cargo said. “This will give that area more permitted uses, and will be less strict.”
Also on Monday, the Township Board will consider approving ballot language for the renewal of millages for the North Ottawa County Council on Aging, Tri-Cities Museum and fire equipment.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Township Hall, 13300 168th Ave. There is a work session at 6 p.m. for the township's 2011 audit.
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