Agricultural land set to be rezoned south of 25 Mile Road

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 9, 2021

 A rezoning request was set to be approved June 9 for three land parcels. The rezoning is from agricultural to residential one-family urban for land near 25 Mile and Hayes roads.

A rezoning request was set to be approved June 9 for three land parcels. The rezoning is from agricultural to residential one-family urban for land near 25 Mile and Hayes roads.

Photo by Alex Szwarc

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — More land in Macomb Township could become residential.

At its June 1 meeting, the Macomb Township Planning Commission recommended rezoning three land parcels to the Board of Trustees. The rezoning is from agricultural to residential one-family urban. The land is on the east side of Hayes Road, a quarter mile south of 25 Mile Road.

The board was set to vote on it at its June 9 meeting, after press time.

Planning Director Josh Bocks said it is largely vacant land and there is still a farmhouse on one of the parcels.

“All three parcels are master planned to be R-1, which is what they’re seeking,” he said. “The properties to the east and south are zoned R-1, and this would align with that.”

Bocks noted that, at this time, no construction plans are on the table.

“Rezoning doesn’t necessarily generate additional traffic,” he said. “It’s further steps down the line that might increase traffic.”

Pete Snyder, of Urban Land Consultants, said the property was acquired earlier this year and indicated the petitioner is looking to develop the properties in the future.

At the meeting, Scott Baden, who lives east of the parcels, said he is concerned about traffic and it being near Beck Elementary School.

“The school already has three trailers sitting outside, and depending on how many homes are able to fit in there, you’re going to bring in a lot of young families and that is going to be an additional stress on the school system,” he said.

Baden noted that 24 Mile Road is already backed up from Hayes to Romeo Plank roads.

Vice Chair Aaron Tuckfield said when the master plan is built, that is when the load for roads is calculated, based on projected use.

“The load is based on expected use for this parcel,” he said. “This request is to bring it to the density the area was calculated for, both the roads now and future roads.”   

Also at the meeting, a site plan was approved for Aspen Restaurant, on the north side of Hall Road, west of Heydenreich Road.

The plan is to add a new outside deck on the north side of the restaurant.

The commission also approved a revised site plan for Regency Commerce Center. That unit is on the west side of Regency Center Drive, north of 23 Mile Road. The developer is looking to add two buildings on the site.  
   

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