Plans Move Forward For Marina, Homes Near Saugatuck Dunes
Plans are moving forward for a private marina and home sites near Saugatuck Dunes State Park along Lake Michigan.
The Holland Sentinel reports the Saugatuck Township Planning Commission gave its blessing this week to the Saugatuck-area project after about 15 people spoke out against the development.
The plans have drawn opposition from area residents and environmentalists.
The 300-acre (121-hectare) property once belonged to oil tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who proposed large-scale development before his death last year.
Its new owner is moving ahead with development plans.
State permits are pending and a decision is expected by early November.
The project's boat basin is a point of contention, since it requires removal of sand.
Brian Bosgraaf, president and designer for Cottage Home, told the newspaper the basin won't negatively impact natural features.