Chippewa Tribe Gets OK for Upscale RV Park Plan
Plans for an upscale campground owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in central Michigan received a special use permit by Union Township planners on Oct. 21.
Planners granted the permit and recommended approval of the site plan for the 23.51 acres of land where an upscale RV park will be developed, according to the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun.
The park property is next to the Holiday Greens golf course property north of the Soaring Eagle Inn, which are both owned by the tribe.
"I don't see a downside to this project," said John Dinse, township trustee and representative to the planning commission.
The development plans were submitted by Wilcox Professional Services who developed the site plan for Migizi Economic Development Co., which handles all non-gaming business interests for the tribe.
Township planners agreed that the plan is "harmonious with adjacent properties, and would maintain the character of the surrounding properties."
"I think it would be an asset to the township," Alex Fuller, planning commissioner, said.
The planners approved the rezoning of the property in August 2008 from residential to agricultural, as the lakefront home will be converted to a clubhouse that will include a convenience store, game room, sitting room and food service.
Lisa Darnell, business systems analyst for Migizi, said that the park is not for tents or pop-up campers, but it will be a more "upscale campground."
The site plan review for the campground had recommendations from the Isabella County Drain Commission, the Isabella County Road Commission and Union Township utilities.
"(The areas adjacent to the proposed park) are primarily industrial sites," zoning administrator for the township, Woody Woodruff, said. "There is a church, three businesses and two older homes."
Planners asked for answers to questions about security for the park, rules for using site fire pits, Dumpster location, drainage issues and issues surrounding the significant amount of wetlands on the property.
"We stayed out of the wetland areas," Darnell said.
An engineer for Wilcox said that there are a number of natural paths through the wetlands, and they are seeking approval from the Department of Natural Resources to place a "small crushed gravel trail in the wetland area."