WALKER -- The Cass County Board made one change to the proposed land use ordinance amendments before approving them Tuesday.
John Hanson, a landowner on Lake Ada in Ponto Lake Township, suggested and the board adopted provisions to set rural commercial districts located at the intersections of primary federal, state and county highways as "no further than 1,320 feet" from the intersection and "no wider than 500 feet" perpendicular to the highway alignment.
The proposal earlier called for setting such commercial districts at those footages rather than setting the footages as a maximum.
Other changes extend the bluff impact zone on shoreland properties from 20 to 30 feet from a bluff, require a conditional use permit for water oriented commercial uses, require environmental services department as well as planning commission approval for plats and makes salvage yards an industrial use.
Construction on non-conforming lots of record on lakes or rivers "after" rather than "before" 1972 will be allowed now.
Planned unit developments may have impervious surfaces on 25 percent rather than only 20 percent of the lot area. Rural residential lots of 2.5 acres may be only 200 feet wide now rather than 300 feet.
Jim Ballenthin, a Ponto Lake Township attorney who raised objections to some proposed changes at earlier meetings, told the board environmental services department staff has been responsive to citizen concerns about proposed ordinance changes.
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