Group sues over plans for gravel pit in Grass Lake Township

Published: Nov. 14, 2017 at 12:24 PM EST
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Grass Lake Township City Attorney Steve Delie tells the Planning Commission's decision was well-supported by the evidence and that the Commission took the concerns raised about the project and implemented them in the final version of the special use permit. He says the Commission complied with its own bylaws, the Township Zoning Ordinance and the Township's Master Plan.


Grass Lake Township Trustee Scott Bray tells the Township is not commenting on the lawsuit at this time.


The Grass Lake Township Planning Commission is being sued for approving a permit for a gravel pit on Norvell Road. News 10 and first told you about the proposal in October when opponents tried to convince the Planning Commission to reject the request for a special use permit. The Commission approved the permit from L&L Development on October 12. It allows for the company to set up a mining operation for 5 years. It would also turn a field into a small lake and build a subdivision around it.

A group called Friends of Grass Lake Township filed the lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court. It claims the Planning Commission did not consider potential consequences including the effects on property values, local business, roads, the water supply and quality of life in the area. It also accuses the Planning Commission of violating the law by failing to follow Commission bylaws, the Township Zoning Ordinance and the Township Master Plan.

News 10 has reached out to the Township Supervisor, Clerk, Deputy Clerk, Zoning Administrator and all 4 trustees for comment. This story will be updated if they reply.