Taking a stand

The Robinson Township Zoning Board of Appeals will likely be making a decision tonight that will impact residents along the planned M-231 corridor.
Alex Doty
Jul 31, 2012

The board will be deciding a pair of requests from the Michigan Department of Transportation to reduce the size of two parcels to accommodate the M-231 right of way. If approved, each of the parcels would shrink from about 10 acres to about 4 acres.

“I believe is it important to let the public know what is happening here, because there are going to be more folks in the same or similar situation in the near future,” said Mark Bohn, 13046 Woodbriar Lane, owner of the two properties that would be affected by the zoning change. “Also, I believe it is important to the people of Robinson Township to let them know what the ZBA will be considering.

“If MDOT has their way, my neighbor and I will have the bypass right of way within approximately 80 feet of our homes,” he added. “The lifestyle we worked for all our lives is ruined.”

Bohn said when they clear the trees, his neighbor will overlook the bypass from her back porch, and her pole barn would be within 5 feet or less of the right of way.

“She wouldn’t even be able to get her car out of the back door,” he said.

Bohn said he has spread the word about their plight, and noted that the feedback from friends and neighbors has been supportive. This includes Kent Halstead, a friend of the Bohn family who said the property in question allows them privacy and the freedoms that people enjoy.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

If you go:

What: Robinson Township M-231 zoning variance meeting

Where: Robinson Township Hall, 12010 120th Ave.

When: 7:30 p.m. today

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