A substance abuse treatment center for women could be coming to the area if Melrose Township officials OK the plan.
Bear River Health of Walloon Lake hopes to use the former Elvyn Lea Lodge property located at 03798 M-75 North to create the drug treatment facility.
According to a Jan. 3 letter from Melrose Township Zoning Administrator and Planner Randy Frykberg to property owners within 300 feet of the proposed project site, a public hearing on the matter will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday Jan. 27 at Melrose Township Hall, 04289 M-75 North to consider the Special Use Permit request.
“The 40-acre parcel is zoned Farm Forest (FF) which allows any use permitted in the R-2 Single Family Residential District,” it states in the letter. “Institutions for health care are allowed as a special use in R-2. One of the ‘basis for determination’ of this special use is for the planning commission to find that the special use will be, ‘designed, constructed, operated, and maintained so as to be harmonious with the existing or intended character of the general vicinity and that such uses will not change the essential character of the area in which it is proposed to be located.”
Further, “Another ‘basis for determination’ is for the planning commission to find that the use in this location, ‘will be consistent with the intent and purpose of the ordinance.’”
The letters were sent because Melrose Township’s zoning ordinance requires all property owners and residents located within 300 feet of a property subject to a special use public hearing be notified of the meeting.
The hearing is also open to the general public.
For those who cannot attend but who would like to comment, send your correspondence by 5 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 26 to:
Melrose Township PC
P.O. Box 189
Walloon Lake, MI 49796
Fax your letters to (231) 535-2337
Email your comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org