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Challengers to dune development win appeal at top court

Michigan Supreme Court posts approved plans to reopen trial courts
Posted at 8:53 AM, May 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 08:53:36-04

SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) — A plan to turn a former church camp into luxury homes in a sand dune area near Lake Michigan can be challenged by some neighbors.

That's the opinion of the Michigan Supreme Court.

After objections arose, the developer sold some land to create a buffer between the project and critics.

But the Supreme Court says the maneuver doesn’t kill the challenge.

The dispute centers on 130 acres in Saugatuck.

A developer, Dune Ridge, proposed to build 20 luxury homes.

The property has sand dunes that are classified as “critical,” a designation that requires state permits.

The developer obtained permits, but some nearby property owners objected.