Ordinance amending township’s zoning rules dies at meeting

— After holding a public hearing for an amendment to the township’s zoning ordinance that would have impacted medical marijuana businesses, the Flint Township Board of Trustees voted down the ordinance at its Oct. 4 meeting.

The amendment, which was passed by the township’s planning commission, states “all uses or businesses seeking approval or permits from the Township must comply with federal, state and local law.” The planning commission recommended the board to adopt the amendment, but ambiguity in the language prompted the board to change the amendment to only apply to state and local law said Sheri Goyette, deputy clerk. Despite the change, the board voted down the ordinance.

“The state and federal laws are conflicting,” Goyette said.

Also at the meeting, the board set a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Needs hearing for the 2011 program year, which runs May 1, 2011 through April 30, 2012, for 7 p.m. Oct. 18. The board also awarded Richfield Management, LCC for its bid for the sold waste pick-up contract for mobile home parks in the township. Additional board action included: approving the special services agreement between Flint Township and Plante Moran; approving an application from Fireside Coffee Co., 3239 Elms Rd., to conduct a special event 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 23; and accepting the agreement between the township and the Police Officers Association of Michigan effective Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2011.

The next meeting of the Flint Township Board of Trustees is 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the municipal hall, 1490 S. Dye Rd.

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