Discussion continues on rezoning near the Sanctuary in Okemos

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On March 20, the township board discussed the possibility rezoning of the Okemos neighborhood, the Sanctuary, on March 20. Jim Giguere, the owner of the property and of Giguere Homes, would like to rezone the property so that it can handle more homes.

Giguere’s goal is to provide more homes close to Okemos High School, while still preserving the wetlands.

The wetlands off of Hulett Road is currently a R.R. or rural residential, and Giguere is requesting to change it to a R.A.A. or single family-low density.

Jody Wesley, a resident of the Sanctuary speaks against the proposal during the township meeting. Photo by Katherine White.

Currently, Giguere has the right to build seven houses on the land. The proposal has requested to build 12 houses, which is why Meridian Township must consider rezoning.

Some board members were concerned with how 12 houses would affect access for emergency vehicles, as there is a policy in place that limits development to 35 houses on a road with a single entry to the road.

Residents are concerned about the protection of the wildlife on the land, and safety of their children if construction begins again.

In addition, residents have turned in a petition against the proposal that has around 80 signatures.

The township board will include the debate in the next meeting on April 17 for further discussion.