In a matter that has become the subject of heated public debate, the Washington Township Planning Commission recommended the rezoning of a 43-acre parcel owned by the township that is under consideration for purchase.
Currently, the parcel, located at Jewell Road between 27 Mile and 28 Mile, is zoned for up to 60 housing units.
Originally, the proposed change would have allowed for up to 70 to 75 units. As the Washington Township Planning Commission approved the rezoning recommendation on May 12, however, the members limited the use of the property to a maximum of 60 units.
The potential density of housing at the site is what concerns many residents.
At the May 12 Planning Commission meeting, the board voted 6-1 to allow for a proposed rezoning of the property from R-1-A to R-1-B. With the addition of a 60-unit maximum provision, the issue has been passed on to the townships Board of Trustees, which is expected to take it up in June.
The parcel, which has already been put out to bid by the township, has been the subject of heated debate for months.
Several members of the board acknowledged reading emails and letters sent to them by township residents stating their concerns about altering the zoning of the property.
The property is currently zoned as R-1-A Single Family, which would allow for 1 to 1.4 units per acre on the site in accordance with the township Master Plan.
That Master Plan also allows for an alteration to a denser designation of R-1-B, which would permit possibly up to 75 units on the site.
The board also considered an R-1-C…
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