Monday, December 3, 2012
Three attorneys. Three opinions. Now there will be a fourth.
After its second closed meeting in as many weeks, the Oakland Township Board of Trustees voted at a special meeting Monday to seek a fourth legal opinion regarding a rezoning granted for the proposed Blossom Ridge senior housing development. The board will also seek an opinion from the Michigan Attorney General and is now hoping to put the referendum on the rezoning on the May ballot, not February as originally intended. “I think it is incumbent upon us to do as much due diligence as we can to represent the citizens and do it right,” said supervisor Terry Gonser. “It’s unfortunate in my mind that we can’t go forward on Feb. 26. … I’ve always felt it was better to be right than fast.” Last week, the newly elected board received a letter …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A special meeting has been called for Monday, Dec. 3.
An attorney representing a group of Oakland Township residents has found a procedural flaw in the rezoning approved for the controversial Blossom Ridge senior-housing development. In a letter to the township, he said both the rezoning and the subsequent petition drive to overturn it are invalid. The township’s new board of trustees, meeting for the first time Tuesday, went into closed session to hear Township Attorney Steven Joppich’s opinion on the letter. Apparently the two opinions differ, because after the hour-long closed session the board returned to open session and voted to hire a third attorney to give it yet another opinion. The residents’ attorney, Gregory Need, said an Oakland County zoning committee never received notice of …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Moceri, rezoning, referendum: We've been here before
Four years after new leadership was voted onto the Oakland Township Board of Trustees, largely because of a controversial development proposed by Dominic Moceri, it’s all happening again. In August, five new members were elected to the board of trustees, largely on the strength of opposition to a proposed senior-housing development known as Blossom Ridge. With just about a month until the newcomers take their seats, the outgoing board decided Oct. 9 on a 4-3 vote to hold off on a special request for the project, opting instead to wait until the referendum process plays out. Township Manager Jim Creech said last week that petition signatures have been submitted and were being reviewed by the clerk’s office. He said he expects the matter to …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday night the board voted 4-3 on a motion granting preliminary approval for the senior living community.
To the dismay of many residents in the audience at Tuesday’s Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting, board members voted in favor of rezoning a 41.84-acre plot of land at the northwest corner of Adams and Dutton roads, which would allow for the development of Blossom Ridge, a proposed senior living community. In order for the 238-unit project to be developed, the applicant, Moceri Development, needs the board to approve an ordinance that will amend Ordinance 16, which allows the property to be rezoned from a Medium Density Residential (MDR) to Multifamily Residential Density with Planned Residential Rezoning Overlay (RM-PRRO). The board voted 4-3 in favor of the first reading of the ordinance, which in effect grants preliminary …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Oakland Township Trustees Sharon McKay and Kathrine Thomas were not in attendance Tuesday.
Few hands rose when resident Connie Novak posed the question,"How many are for it (Blossom Ridge)?" at Tuesday night’s Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting at Township Hall. Novak is one of the residents that stood to say she is in favor of the project. The rest of the 25 or so residents in attendance stood firm in opposition to the proposed senior living community as presented by applicant Moceri Development, the majority of their hands shooting up when asked who is opposed to the project, and many speaking during public comment. This is the second time the board has decided to table the decision of whether or not to approve the first reading of the ordinance that would amend Ordinance 16, allowing the property at the northwest …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Some residents have changed their minds about the proposed senior living community in Oakland Township, but officials want more time to review the plans.
After much deliberation at Tuesday’s meeting, the Oakland Township Board of Trustees decided to table the proposed Blossom Ridge senior living community so it can have more time to wade through the information before making a decision. While previous meetings have featured a full house to discuss the controversial plan, few residents turned out to Township Hall on Tuesday night to oppose the project, proposed for the 41.84-acre lot at the northwest corner of Dutton and Adams roads. “Essentially, we’re tabling this motion for more time to study the information … certain board members need more clarity .. and third there may be objections that need to be resolved,” Trustee Marc Edwards said at Tuesday's meeting. Tuesday night would not have …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Most Oakland Township residents who spoke at the public hearing opposed the Blossom Ridge senior living community.
More than 80 residents showed up to speak or hear about the Blossom Ridge project, taking public comment into a marathon session at Tuesday's Oakland Township Board of Trustees meeting. The vast majority of residents who spoke opposed the proposed 282-unit senior living community that would provide assisted (and age-restricted) care in a variety of dwellings at the northwest corner of Adams and Dutton roads. Moceri Development, the company behind the project, needs approval for the 42-acre plot of land to be rezoned from Medium Residential Density (MRD) to Multiple Family Residential Density with Planned Residential Rezoning Overlay (RM-PRRO) in order to build Blossom Ridge. The senior living community was approved last month after nine …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Oakland Township Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the senior living project to the Board of Trustees.
It’s on to the next planning phase for Moceri Development, which received approval from the Oakland Township Planning Commission Tuesday to move forward with the Blossom Ridge project. After months of deliberating on the project, emotions were high at the meeting and Township Hall was packed once again. Nearly four hours after the item was brought up at the meeting, planning commissioners were ready to make a motion, which resulted in a 5-2 approval of the Blossom Ridge senior-living community project to the Board of Trustees. Commissioner Roger Shultze and Secretary Janine Saputo were the two members that voted against the motion. The 282-unit senior living community has been a hot topic since summer at Planning Commission meetings …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Developer presents changes to senior housing proposal Tuesday night as part of rezoning request.
About 100 residents packed Township Hall on Tuesday night at the Oakland Township Planning Commission meeting to hear what Moceri Development had to say about the proposed Blossom Ridge project, a continuing care senior residential community at the corner of Adams and Dutton Roads. Moceri went before the Planning Commission last month with the Blossom Ridge rezoning request and listened to input from the Planning Commission and residents. Though it made some changes in its proposal, it still hopes to construct the senior residential center with 284 independent and assisted-living dwelling units on a 42-acre lot currently zoned for medium residential density. If the site’s zoning is maintained, it can only accommodate 61 residences, …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Moceri-built senior residential community would occupy the northwest corner of Adams and Dutton roads. Residents express concerns about safety, traffic and the effect on home values.
- Jen Anesi
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Nearly 60 Oakland Township residents filled Township Hall on Tuesday evening to hear the Oakland Township Planning Commission's discussion of a request to rezone the northwest corner of Adams and Dutton roads. The request comes from Moceri Development, which hopes to build a senior residential community on nearly 42 acres at the corner. The commission did not vote on the issue during Tuesday's meeting and plans to discuss the request further at a future meeting. "Where we are tonight is a point where the Planning Commission deliberates and asks our questions," Commissioner James Carter said. "Tonight is not a public hearing." Moceri's Blossom Ridge development, a continuing-care senior residential community, would provide 284 independent …