GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Township planning commission decided on several changes a longtime business must make after a developer questioned its operation.
Katerberg VerHage received a special land use permit to stay open, but can no longer haul in concrete, asphalt and other non-natural materials. The 65-year-old business must also stop crushing those materials on its site.
Township officials said an ordinance for the area the business is located prohibits such activity, despite it going on there for years.
“Our job is to enforce the ordinance,” planning commissioner Daniel Ophoff said at the beginning of the discussion.
It’s been a controversial topic.
David VanDyke, a member of the planning commission and the township treasurer, is the developer behind a multimillion dollar housing project going in near Katerberg VerHage.
VanDyke admitted to issuing flyers to people near the landscaping business, pointing out the noise of the company’s trucks and zoning rules Katerberg VerHage was breaking with its current operation.
At Tuesday’s meeting, residents said they believe he abused his leadership power to advance his agenda as a developer.
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