Parcels across from Klackles stay residential


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 12:33 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2012

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — A movement that started in November to change zoning across from Klackle Orchards and Pavilion from residential zoning to office service commercial one (OSC1) is going to be put on hold at this time.

During Wednesday night’s Eureka Township Planning Commission meeting no new information or requests came forward since the December meeting regarding the rezoning of the parcels.

The council decided to leave the parcels as residential until a current homeowner finds an interested buyer who wants to buy the property as OSC1.

This issue would then be brought back to the planning commission for rezoning.
“I think this puts a roadblock out there,” Commissioner Rodney Roy said. “The buyer will have to jump through loops.”

Vice Chairman Duane Putnam disagreed saying if the parcels are changed now to OSC1, he believed it would cause more problems in the future.

Putnam said since the complaints regarding Klackle Orchards and Pavilion is about the noise coming from the property, it should be handled through the ordinances in place and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.

“There shouldn’t be (zoning) changes just because of a nuisance,” Putnam said.

Dave Fielding, an Eureka Township resident, brought the issue to the planning commission in November saying he could not handle the noise any longer that came from Klackle Orchards and Pavilion and wanted to move. However, no one is has been interested in his property as residential because of the same issue.

Therefore he asked if the property could be rezoned to OSC1.

After having a public hearing in December with residents from the area being discussed, a majority showed they were not in favor of rezoning to OSC1.

A letter will be going out to the sheriff’s department to see about the department and township working together on complaints.

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