Shelby TownshipFebruary 11, 2013
Planning Commission reports growth in 2012
By Brad D. Bates
C & G Staff Writer
SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township Planning Commissioner Glenn Wynn said that, for the second consecutive year, Shelby Township saw a boost in development applications, which points to economic growth.
While presenting his department’s annual report, Wynn said that after a slight rise of three applications — which include site plans, sign applications and zoning board appeals — in 2011, 2012 saw a larger jump in activity.
“We had 302 applications for site plans, sign applications, Zoning Board appeals, subdivisions, etc.,” Wynn said, noting an uptick of 20 applications. “So we are seeing a bit of a rebound in that activity, which is beneficial.”
Wynn said of particular note was the increase in manufacturing space within the township.
“We observed 138,000 square feet of new manufacturing space being approved by the Planning Commission,” Wynn said. “That was four businesses that were doubling their size for accommodating increased production.”
There was also an increase in retail and residential development within Shelby Township.
“Four new retail sites were approved for 156,000 square feet of new retail,” Wynn said. “The most prominent of those is the new Kroger that will be under construction this year on the northwest corner of Hayes and 23 Mile Road, a 123,000-square-foot building.
“We also had a significant amount of new residential, most of it multiple-family, that came through,” Wynn added. “And, for the first time in many years, we had our first new single-family subdivision approved with 10 new lots, which is a good sign of things to come.”
While he said processing applications is the bulk of his department’s work, Wynn also noted his department’s success in assisting projects, such as the development of a park along the Macomb Orchard Trail and those funded by the Community Development Block Grant.
“Beyond the normal processing activities, our department is involved in this Community Development Block Grant program,” Wynn said, noting that there would not be any more Community Development Block Grant projects until more funds come from the federal government in 2015.
“We completed the section 30 drainage plan last year, and this year, they started the Auburn Road project. So when Auburn Road is completed this year, that will be our last (Community Development Block Grant) project on the books.”
Trustee Paula Filar credited Wynn with posting the report on www.shelbytwp.org in a manner that is accessible and palatable to the public.
“I would like to congratulate Mr. Wynn on a really nice report,” Filar said. “I encourage residents to take a look at it. He has displayed it and (it has) some great charts and wonderful graphics. And most impressive is that he took the text, and he really made it easy to read.”