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Published: Wednesday, 8/18/2004

Bedford rejects proposed subdivision

TEMPERANCE The Bedford Township Board last night unanimously rejected a proposal to rezone about 42 acres off Substation Road to allow construction of a subdivision.

The request by Robin Carmack sought to rezone the land to R-3 and R-1 residential to allow construction of a 150-home subdivision near Substation and Crabb roads.

The Bedford Township Planning Commission and Monroe County Planning Commission had recommended against the rezoning.

They cited a number of concerns with the property, including drainage and existing wetlands, limited frontage for an access road, and a general lack of infrastructure able to handle such a development.

The Ann Arbor Railroad, whose track is near the property, also submitted a letter opposing the development, and township Fire Chief John Bofia expressed concern with the rezoning request, citing a lack of available water to respond to fires.

Board members showed no interest in approving the proposal.

As long as I ve been around here, this is one of the most inappropriate pieces to rezone, township trustee Dennis Steinman said. It s [a parcel where] there s a lot of history, and not a lot of good history.

The state also is investigating if wetlands were illegally destroyed there.

Local residents had mobilized against the proposal, posting a Web site, www.nomoresubs.com, and putting yard signs in key locations to raise public awareness against the project.

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