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Grand Haven Charter Township!

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The Hofma Vision
July 6, 2017, 7:00pm

The Township Board, Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Committee will hold a joint meeting at the Township Board Chambers on Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 p.m.  There will be a presentation from the consulting firm of Nederveld, Inc. regarding the final designs and cost estimates for the so-called “Hofma Vision” project – the park development of the Witteveen Farm (i.e., 115 acres) and the Wolfe property (i.e., 40 acres).

The public is invited to attend this special meeting to learn about the future development plans for these recent acquisitions to the Hofma Park and Preserve (i.e., about 585 acres)

Village at Rosy Mound
Senior Housing Development Approved

The Township Board approved a 30-acre Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the “Village at Rosy Mound” senior housing complex.

This PUD includes a 116 unit congregate apartment building (see drawing below); a 110 unit assisted living facility; and, 27 cottages.

Construction on this development is expected to begin in October.  The developer will construct the site in accordance with “Green New Construction” policies that will include geothermal heating, water conservation through low flow plumbing fixtures, ENERGY STAR® appliances, water heaters, and interior construction materials that will utilize low or no volatile organic compounds.
The development is not expected to generate a significant amount of traffic with less than 650 trips per day when fully developed.

This site was a challenge to develop because of areas with steep topography, large sections of protected wetlands, and the need to accommodate concerns regarding an adjacent railroad and an abutting single-family subdivision.  However, the Township and developer found a balance that allows for more senior housing options — which was a priority in the most recent Township Master Plan.

In addition to approving the “Village at Rosy Mound” PUD, the Board also approved a related “Payment in Lieu of Taxes” (PILOT) ordinance for the 116 unit congregate apartment building.  This portion of the development will be financed through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and will be exempted from property taxes; rather, the housing development will pay an annual service charge equal to four percent (4%) of the rent payment, minus utility costs.  

It is estimated that this will generate about $56,000 annually when the congregate apartment building is fully occupied.  (It should be noted that the assisted living facility and the cottages will not be exempted and will pay property taxes.)

In exchange for this PILOT agreement, the developer will lease many of the units at below market rates to assist seniors that are living on low or moderate incomes.

If you have specific questions regarding the “Village at Rosy Mound”, please contact the Township’s Community Development Director (i.e., Stacey Fedewa) at 616-604-6326 or sfedewa@ght.org.
Sounds of Summer
  Concert Series at Pottawattomie Park

The “Sounds of Summer” concert series is held at Pottawattomie Park every Wednesday evening through August 2nd from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. A non-profit organization called “Walk the Beat” (WTB) is sponsoring the concert series.  People are invited to take their lawn chairs to the park to enjoy good music in a relaxing and fun atmosphere.

Township’s Fire ISO Rating Improves
The Insurance Service Office (ISO) is an organization that provides statistical information on potential fire and loss risk to insurance companies.  During the most recent ISO audit, Grand Haven Charter Township continued an ongoing improvement of its rating, dropping from an ISO rating of 6 to a 5 (on a 10 point scale with 1 being the best). The table below provides a historic perspective for the improvement of the ISO rating over the past four decades.
Vehicle Sale Permits

The Township allows residents to sell two vehicles each calendar year from their property.  The permits for these two vehicles sales are provided “free of charge”; but, must be placed on the vehicle being sold.

So, why does the Township care whether someone sells a vehicle from their property?

In brief, this ordinance is intended to protect neighboring property values.  There have been situations where residents (sometimes with “Used Car Dealer” permits) were selling numerous vehicles from their residential properties – in essence running a commercial business from their home.

Because no one wants to live next to a “car lot” – especially when their home is in a strictly residential development.

The Township limits such vehicle sales to two per calendar year.
NORA Funding

The majority for the municipal portion of the funding formula for the Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority is paid by the Grand Haven Township.

Specifically, the formula shows that 59.12% of all participants are from Grand Haven Township.  The City of Grand Haven follows with 25.28% and Robinson Township and Ferrysburg follow with 11.50% and 4.03%, respectively.

In addition, the formula indicates that Grand Haven Township represents 44.19% of the taxable value of the NORA district.  The City of Grand Haven follows with 34.10% and Robinson Township and Ferrysburg follow with 11.51% and 10.20%, respectively.

The result of having the majority of participants and the largest tax base is that most of the municipal funding formula falls upon Grand Haven Township – 51.69% of the $111,971 municipal share or $57,876.  The City of Grand Haven follows with $33,244 and Robinson Township and Ferrysburg follow with $12,880 and $7,970, respectively.
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