The Dorr Township Planning Commission Tuesday evening recommended by a 6-0 vote a request to rezone an 18.34-acre parcel at 3872 18th St. from agricultural to rural estates.
John Langlois of Langlois & Sons Excavating made the request with the intention of paving the way for 13-lot site condominiums.
Zack Boeve of Pathfinder Engineering, representing Langlois, told the commission that much of zoning around the parcel is rural estates and it is compatible with the master plan.
Four neighboring residents raised concerns about the project during the public hearing.
Dawn Winger said, “We moved away from the city to be out in a rural area. We’re disappointed our rural home will be next to a subdivision.”
Mike Kloska, Gord Bode and Rich Kloska expressed concerns about safety, septic and water runoff.
Zoning Administrator Lori Castello of Professional Code Inspections explained that the Planning Commission’s duty was to determine whether the conditions for rezoning are being met, including input from the Health Department, Drain Commission and Road Commission. It was noted that applications for that information have been submitted, but no information is yet available.
However, commissioners went through their customary inquiry as to whether the project was guilty of spot zoning and determined it was not.
The request will be taken up by the Dorr Township Board, which also must appoint a seventh Plan Commission member because Terri Rios’ term was terminated by her election loss last August.