Category Archives: Building in the Dunes

DEQ Public Hearing in Saugatuck

The following announcement was posted in the today’s DEQ Calendar: AUGUST 26, 2013 6:30 p.m. PUBLIC HEARING ON PERMIT APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY SINGAPORE DUNES, LLC, SOUTH HAVEN, FOR ACTIVITIES IN ALLEGAN COUNTY, MICHIGAN. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Water … Continue reading

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Identify and Learn to Manage Invasive Plants on Your Property

Invasive plant species are changing the ecology of our beloved, globally unique freshwater dunes and bluffs along Lake Michigan. The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (SWMLC) will hold two workshops on Saturday, August 3, to help property owners identify and strategically … Continue reading

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Singapore Dunes Sues Saugatuck

This lawsuit could effect how the recent amendments to the Michigan’s Sand Dune Protection and Management Act (SDPMA) is interpreted and enforced throughout the state. Summary of lawsuit: Singapore Dunes is arguing that (1) a local zoning ordinance cannot regulate … Continue reading

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Worth Too Much To Develop

In an OpEd article in the Grand Rapids Press, Patty Birkholz, former legislator and current Executive Director of the League of Women Voters, wrote that the dunes are worth too much to develop.

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White River Permit Denied

Yesterday, the DEQ denied a permit that including construction of a 1,200 foot access road across the White River Township Barrier Dune Sanctuary. The reason for denial has not been made public. The applicant can file for a variance. Whatever … Continue reading

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Brief update: Saugatuck

Another controversy has arisen in Saugatuck. Aubrey McClendon’s Singapore Dunes development has been given the right to proceed** after a ZBA decision that Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance (SDCA) did not have standing to appeal the planning commission decision. Now the … Continue reading

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White River Township – DEQ Public Hearing

Over 200 attended the DEQ hearing on the G Bro application to build a house on land adjacent to the White River Township Critical Dunes Sanctuary in Montague last night. In the past, the owners had made three earlier applications. … Continue reading

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Follow up on White River Township Barrier Dunes Sanctuary

In an April 10 letter, Preserve the Dune informed the DEQ of our opposition to the permit. The decision maker for the permit had notified interested parties that the decision was going to be based on Part 353 (the critical … Continue reading

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