West Torch RV Park

The site of the proposed RV park.

Kewadin, Mich., Township planning officials again delayed a decision on a controversial campground plan near Torch Lake, according to the Record-Eagle.

Another 100-plus crowd closely listened — and then loudly grumbled — as Milton Township officials pushed off consideration of an 80-site RV park near the Torch River as darkness fell during an outdoor meeting. A similar scene unfolded in mid-July.

Since then, though, the cleared site was the setting of two major erosion events in July, when heavy rainfalls washed sand and silt onto a neighbor’s lawn and garden. Environmental advocates quickly raised concerns.

But now township planning officials are expected to on Oct. 13 revisit the pending special use permit request for the RV park, just perhaps not in person.

More delays

The project developers — landowner Jim Brewer and business partner John Peal, Torch River Marina owner — requested a postponement until October, but officials said they may have needed one, anyway.

Bill Hefferan, chairman of the township’s planning commission, said the group had erred by allowing written comments to be submitted up until the start of Tuesday (Sept. 15) evening’s public meeting, hosted at a concession stand at the township park in Kewadin. It made for far too much material to review before making a decision that same night, he said.

“A postponement allows me to review this information more adequately regardless of the request of the applicant,” Hefferan said.

Commission member Tom Cole said he agreed a delay was best, in fairness to both the developer and opponents of the project. There would be more time to properly read the abundant written comments submitted, he said, while hoisting up a three-inch file folder filled with letters and printed emails he’s already received.

The commission unanimously voted to set a deadline of Oct. 6 for all additional written materials, both from the public and any site plan changes from the applicants.

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