Auto auction site plan approval on hold

FLINT TWP. — Citing unresolved issues, the Planning Commission in a unanimous vote tabled approval of site plans for a proposed auto auction at 3088 S Dye Road. A stop work order at the site remains in effect.

Commissioners cited concerns about drainage and road issues on the formerly vacant property.

Genesee County Storm Water has approved the plans but the Road Commission noted eight issues.

One of the contingencies is the placement of stone aggregate between fencing.

Commissioners said they had heard lingering concerns from neighboring property owners about potential flooding from detention ponds on the site.

Others noted that development plans appear to have changed from the original proposal the commission approved nearly two years ago.

“When we received it a few years ago we liked what we saw,” said John Gazall, vice chairperson.

Commissioner George Menoutes commented that it is the third set of plans he has seen for the project.

What started out as a “wonderful plan” changed somewhere along the line, said Chairman Larry Ford.

“(The developer) moved forward as if there is no tomorrow,” he said. “There is a lot of blame to go around but the fact of the matter is that it does not pass muster with the majority of (commission) members. That is why the stop work order was placed on the project.”

Ford added that he had heard reports that work continued despite the stop work order.

“Stop means stop,” he said. “So there is a lot of trepidation on our part at this point. It would be difficult for us to give you conditional approval until every item on that letter (from the road commission) is completed. We don’t want to be a delayer but there is some anxiety on our part.”

Ford said a special meeting could be called, if need be, once the site developers have met all contingencies. The Planning Commission normally meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

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