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Torch Lake

This site near Torch Lake in Milton Township’s unincorporated Torch River village of a proposed luxury RV park. Record-Eagle file photo/Andrew Rosenthal

An attorney for the developers of a proposed RV park in Torch River, Mich., said a new court-issued injunction won’t have much impact, according to Yahoo News.

But it could stop property owners Jim and Lori Brewer from carrying out the work the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) wants done to keep more runoff from leaving the property and fouling wetlands, said Don Passenger, an attorney for the Brewers.

“There were some things that were proposed for late spring or summer 2022 that would involve working on water retention basins that probably will have to be put off or there will have to be a specific motion sought to do the work if EGLE insists that it be done,” he said.

Meanwhile, other legal battles over the controversial proposal are moving through the courts.

After 13th Circuit Court Judge Thomas Power granted a previous injunction, he granted another earlier in December to stop any tree cutting, development or soil work on the property, Whitehouse said.

Power declined to revoke the Brewer’s soil erosion permit, Whitehouse said.

The nonprofit board member said he’s pleased overall with Power’s order.

“We got the majority of what we had asked for, and the most critical thing was that nothing further be done on the site without agreement on what was development versus what was remediation,” he said.

Other than potential future impacts, the injunction won’t have much of an effect, Passenger said.

“We don’t believe it presents any substantial impediment,” he said. “The only work being done in there is to stabilize the site, and that’s largely completed at this point, but there’s additional work to do.”

The Brewers, along with the co-owner of a nearby marina, want to build an RV park on land between Torch River and Miller roads with dozens of sites — the first application called for 80, the latest one, 70 — that would be for season-long rentals, as previously reported.

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