County approves Lake Twp. rezoning for oil recycling site PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 10:09
Wood County Planning Commission unanimously approved rezoning a 1.23-acre parcel in Lake Township for storage of tanks to be used in the recycling of restaurant cooking oil.
The request to change the agricultural zoning of the property, located at the southeast corner of Walbridge Road and East Broadway Street, to M-1 light industrial was submitted by Joseph Solomon on behalf of Michigan Protein Inc.
A planning commission staff analysis states the property was used for commercial purposes before zoning was enacted in Lake Township. Land use in the area is industrial and commercial to the north and west, and residential-agricultural to the south and east.
Planning Commission Director Dave Steiner said the owner is already using an existing garage on the property to store tanks of cooking oil, though processing of the oil is not permitted on-site.
Because the property lies within the 100-year floodplain, the owner would need to obtain a permit to develop or alter any structures, Steiner said.
After commission members approved the rezoning request, Steiner presented a "primer" on floodplains, any area near a river or stream that carries a 1 percent risk each year of experiencing a 100-year flood.
To be developed within such an area, structures must be elevated two feet and result in no net loss to the floodplain, Steiner reported.

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