Permit for controversial dock project officially withdrawn from consideration
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
A project to install a dock on the north shore of Lake Margrethe, which came in like a lion this winter, went out like a lamb last week.
Brad and Anne Lapworth submitted a hand written message to Grayling Charter Township officials on April 9, stating they were no longer interested in getting a special use permit for the project.
The message was read at Grayling Charter Township Planning Commission’s meeting held on Wednesday, April 25, as the project was officially withdrawn from consideration.
The Lapworths thanked township officials for getting them the information for the project, and holding the necessary meetings.
Staff from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Waters Resources Division held a public hearing at the Grayling Township Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
The DEQ granted a permit for the dock, and the Michigan Department of Transportation approved a permit for a parking lot. The parking lot would have been located on the opposite side of the lake across M-72 West.
The Lapworths sought a dock, which would accommodate 12 boat slips, and a parking area for 12 vehicles. They cited a need to provide a place for people to keep their boats so they don’t have to trailer them back and forth.
The Grayling Charter Township Planning Commission held a public hearing on March 28 to gather input from citizens on the special use permit.
A special use permit was needed since it would have been a commercial operation in a residentially zoned area. The area where the dock would have been located has also been designated as wetlands, where development is restricted.
Local residents, and people that own cottages from throughout the Midwest, packed both meetings voicing the opposition.
Traffic on M-72 West, where drivers are already speeding, was a main issue brought up at the meetings.
Property owners were also concerned about the safety of children swimming and wading in the area near the dock and destroying fish habitat. They also were worried about garbage, and the overflow of visitors that could have frequented the parking area.