River creates unique scenario for local parcel

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 13, 2021

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — No specific plans have been announced for what could be located near recently rezoned property by 23 Mile and Romeo Plank roads.

At the Sept. 21 Macomb Township Planning Commission meeting, a rezoning was unanimously approved from residential one-family suburban to residential multiple-family low density. It is located on the east side of Romeo Plank Road, north of 23 Mile Road.

Planning Director Josh Bocks said the rezoning stems from there being a lot of floodplains on that land, and it will provide a buffer from neighboring uses. Macomb Township owns the parcels.

He noted that residential multiple-family, low-density lots tend to be condominium units.

Supervisor Frank Viviano said a portion of the Clinton River bisects the property, leaving the east side of the property landlocked and useless.

“In order for it to move forward and be consistent with its environment, multiple residential is appropriate,” he said.

Resident Tom Moceri lives just east of the rezoned area.

“When it floods, it floods right up to the people’s house, right up to their door walls,” Moceri said. “There’s a strip mall on 23 (Mile Road) and Romeo Plank (Road), and when they started building there, it flooded.”

Lisa Sloan lives a few homes down from Moceri.

“Are you going to take all of our woods down, so there’s nothing there?” she asked. “I really hate to see the trees go.”

Sharon Vagi has resided on a drive east of the property for 20 years.

“When I purchased my home, they told me it was a floodplain and nothing would be built back there,” she said.

Bocks said Macomb County has identified part of the property as land that could be wetlands.

“There’s no development proposed right now,” he said.

Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said if a development moves forward and a site plan is approved, a developer would come to the township for engineering review and go to the Macomb County drain office and the state of Michigan.

He noted the township isn’t sure how deep the floodplain is on the east side of the property.

Commissioner Charlie Oliver said if homes are developed on the site, it would be very limited.