Dorr Plan Commission to do vision meeting July 20

Nathan Mehmed

After a delay of more than a year because of Covid-19, the Dorr Township Planning Commission finally will have its visioning meeting for a proposed new master plan on July 20.

Nathan Mehmed, representing Williams & Works, said public input could be aggressively sought from residents about what they’d like to see in the township over the next five years at least. The meeting originally was scheduled for March 20, 2020, but Covid shut down just about everything.

Mehmed said the township’s survey posted on line in late 2019, elicited about 500 responses, which he said is excellent for a township with size and population of Dorr.

Before the visioning meeting, a new traffic count will be conducted, even though one was done last year.

“Nobody was traveling back then,” explained Commissioner Larry Dolegowski.

The commission afterward will have a work session on the data collected.

In another matter Tuesday evening, the commission voted 6-0 to recommend a rezoning request from Jonathan Postma, who wants to have his 50.57 acres changed from agriculture to rural estates near 21st Street and 142nd Avenue.

Postma said he wants to sell a five-acre parcel to a friend, but can’t under the current agricultural designation.

Noting the area is master planned for rural estates, commissioners said they had no problem with the request.

“I don’t have any issue with it,” said Commissioner Jody Schaendorf.

“It’s all woods (at the site),” Dolegowski said. “There’s not much farm land. I don’t have a problem with it.”

The recommendation will be forwarded to the Township Board for consideration next month.

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