Peninsula Township Meeting Unveils New Potential Plan

Following controversy over plans to develop a piece of land in Grand Traverse County, there may now be an alternative.

Tonight, people in Peninsula Township met to see what could be a new direction for 81 acres of land along Boursaw Road.

The presentation follows controversy over the original plan on how to develop that same piece of land that’s been ongoing for more than a year.

The board approved the original project, which allowed for 41 housing units.

A local group appealed the board’s approval last fall, sending it to a judge.

From there the judge sent some items back to the township board for more discussion.

That process is still getting worked out.

"It’s really a beautiful piece of land that frankly doesn’t exist anywhere else," said Doug Mansfield.

Dozens of people poured in to the Peninsula Township Hall to see a new plan for 81 acres of land on Boursaw Road.

"Units there’s 3 put lots on them which provides access to the water. We still have our dock permit we are installing a 30 thousand galling underwater tank which would be used for protection not just here but all over the area. At the end of the day it’s just houses single family houses," said Doug Mainsfield.

The new, alternative plan, presented amid controversy stemming from the 81 Project that has been going back and forth since last year.

Both are still up for discussion.

"Working with the township and the emergency services trying to answer all their questions and we are still very hopeful that process will stand," said Doug Mansfield.

At the meeting, board members listened to an introduction for the new plan, while getting answers to some of their intial questions.

"Will there be consistency? Through the planning process things evolve and we have so many agencies that we’ve responded to. So many different agencies so many different rules."

While setting a date for the next step: a public hearing tentatively scheduled for July 18th.

"It’s been a long process and like it always is. The people out here are very conscious of the landform and that’s to be appreciated but there’s a process that needs to be followed," said Doug Mansfield.