February 8, 2016

SVSU Dean to present Charity Island plans Jan. 4


WHITNEY TOWNSHIP — The Whitney Township Planning Commission will get a better idea on Jan. 4 of what Saginaw Valley State University has in mind for its proposed Charity Island research project.

A letter from SVSU’s attorneys, forwarded by Whitney Township to the Independent, says Deborah Huntley Ph. D, Dean, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, will make a presentation to the commission concerning activities the university has planned for the island. She will also answer questions those in attendance may have, it said.

However, the letter says that no site plan would be submitted.

“It will not be possible for SVSU to present a proposed site plan for the simple reason that no construction is planned at this time,” the letter said. It continues “We are requesting an amendment to the zoning ordinance to ensure that proper zoning will be available if and when plans for construction are developed.”

The letter also says the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, which owns most of the island, is in favor of the project, as well as Bob and Karen Wiltse, developers of a condominium project on Charity Island and owners of Charity Island Excursions.

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