Proposed Driveway in Mich. Dune Area Sparks Opposition

Posted at: 04/15/2013 1:11 PM
Updated at: 04/16/2013 10:01 AM

WHITE RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A property owner's proposal to build a 1,200-foot private driveway across a strip of government-owned Lake Michigan dune habitat has sparked opposition.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing Monday night on the proposal to build a 2,800-square-foot home on dune property in Muskegon County's White River Township.

The Muskegon Chronicle and The Detroit News say that Bro G Land Co. has applied for a state permit to build the home.

Opponents of the development say that what developers call a driveway is really a road through the Barrier Dune Sanctuary.

Past proposals have been denied several times over two decades.

The current proposal follow's Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's signing of changes in Michigan's sand dune law, making it easier for builders to get permits.

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