Townhome project proposed for McCandlish Road sites

GRAND BLANC TWP. — The owners of three vacant parcels on McCandlish Road are hoping to build condominiums, but they’ve run into some snags, not the least of which is opposition from neighboring residents.

“The township has received a great deal of correspondence from residents in opposition to this project to date,” said township Superintendent Dennis Liimatta. “The Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Department staff and township board will follow all applicable ordinances and laws in consideration of this project.”

The most recent proposal was before the ZBA. The developers had requested a variance from the township’s requirement for a 50 percent common wall setback. The ZBA rejected their request.

“The next step is for the developers to either change their request or comply with the 50 percent setback rule,” Liimatta said.

The developers also will have to apply for a rezoning to medium density multi-family residential as the property currently is zoned for single family residential units.

The developers have proposed to build 79 attached townhomes, the maximum allowable for the parcel size if the rezoning is successful.

“Of course, there still is a great deal of planning and review to be completed before we know if that is even feasible for this site,” Liimatta said.

If the Planning Commission approves the owners’ application, the developers will have to go through the site plan approval process to finalize the project plans to ensure compliance with all building and zoning requirements, he said.

Liimatta expects the developers to be before the ZBA or Planning Commission again in September or October.