An application for a Marina Permit at a property on Lake of The Woods has been filed with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) Water Resources Division (WRD). A public hearing WILL BE HELD at the Hamilton Township Hall, 52333 Territorial Road West, Decatur, Michigan 49045 at 6:30 PM on January 25, 2018. An informal question and answer period will begin at 6:00 PM. The purpose of this hearing is to secure the views of interested persons concerning the permit application. The application is attached and can also be found on the Lake Association website WWW.LAKEOFTHEWOODSMI.ORG Comments can also be left on the website.
The DEQ received the permit application on September 9, 2017. The application was for a permanent dock to provide dockage for 6 boat slips, one for each back lot owner of a shared 40-foot wide access parcel. On October 11, 2017 the DEQ issued a Public Notice. Hamilton Township was notified and subsequently denied the zoning as it violated the ordinance and the DEQ halted the application process. The applicant has now applied to Hamilton Township for a zoning board appeal hearing for the marina. That hearing will take place at 6:30 immediately following the DEQ hearing.
Anybody who would like to comment for or against this permit can speak at these meetings. Your Lake Association board agrees with the current denial of the permit application. This is an example keyholing or funneling which over the past few years, your board has been working to prevent through strengthened ordinance revisions in Hamilton and Decatur Townships Guarding against overcrowding of the lake and maintaining the quality of the lake are vitally important to all property owners. This is one of the core issues that prompted the association to begin this most important endeavor.
LOWIA, Board of Directors