Shuttle to Connect Tribe’s RV Park to Water Park
Union Township planners in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Wednesday (Jan. 20) OK’d the site plan review for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s new water park resort endeavor with conditions, according to The Morning Sun, Mt. Pleasant.
The application for the new motel and indoor water park must also go before the township Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance on the height of the new building because the indoor water slide is 68 feet above grade.
“We don’t have the juice to approve that height on our own,” said Woody Woodruff, zoning administrator for the township.
The application will go before the ZBA on Feb. 3.
“In the general conditions section, building heights are 35 feet,” Woodruff said. “The primary interest is for building safety.”
Planners had questions about a pathway between the water park and the adjacent RV park that was part of Migizi Economic Development Company’s original plan.
Lisa Darnell, business systems analyst for Migizi, the economic development entity of the tribe, said the idea of a pathway between the two tribal properties was not feasible for safety reasons, and that a shuttle will be provided for RV guests who want to visit the water park.
The site plan review was unanimously approved contingent upon approval of the ZBA, Storm Water Management, the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, and submission of a final site plan draft.
The review will go before the township board of trustees for its approval.
“(The site plan) was well done, and well thought out,” said Planner Betty Wagner.
Woodruff said that the architecture, similar to the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resorts, will go well with the new welcome signage being constructed by the township’s East Downtown Development Authority at the US-127 corridor.