February 4, 2022
By Jessica Mathews / [email protected]
An RV storage facility in Green Oak Township is nearing final approvals.
Tranquil Woods Storage is a proposed mini storage facility with exterior RV storage on a 10 acre parcel off Ten Mile Road near Rushton Road. There would be seven new buildings, four of which would be one-story mini-warehouses. A roadside building would be air-conditioned and house the office. Two canopy structures are offered for RV storage, with an additional 59 uncovered RV parking spaces around the site.
The site is largely undeveloped, but there are a few structures on it and it is mostly surrounded by an existing single-family neighborhood.
The Planning Commission held a lengthy meeting on Thursday evening over the project, which had received prior approvals, but these have since expired. One noted change was that more RV storage is now offered, with no new additional mini storage.
Commissioners reviewed a long, point-by-point list of concerns raised by residents at an earlier public hearing and through other correspondence, to which the plaintiffs responded. Some elements included lighting, storm water management, traffic and zoning regulations, but primarily landscaping and buffering. The project has encountered all setbacks and the site is already zoned light industrial.
A special land use permit was finally granted with certain conditions, including that the lights will be switched off an hour and a half after dark, but then controlled by motion sensors. Action on potential approval of the site plan was deferred to the next meeting until the landscaping and buffer zone issues could be resolved and clearly updated on the plans.
Four residents spoke on a public appeal who adjoin the property or have views that will be affected. They have expressed frustration and disappointment with what has become a four year process and want to ensure there is an adequate buffer.
Clerk Michael Sedlak is the township council representative on the commission. He said there were a few things at fault in that the number of trees was wrong in relation to the tree ordinance and the replacement of iconic trees. Additionally, he said they want to see some changes with landscape buffers and ensure there is proper turning radius and clearance for fire trucks with the installation – the latter being an item that can be resolved quickly.
Sedlak told WHMI that past ordinances violations on the site were quickly addressed. He said there were very obvious issues and breaches at the site with the improper storage of recreational vehicles, so the Commission deferred any action on approvals until the site was put into full compliance – what the applicant did in a week. Sedlak added that this type of facility will fill a need in Green Oak, as there is only one other located in the far west of the township and it will serve the surrounding residential area with a facility of high quality RV storage.
The candidates accepted the conditions. Construction is expected in the spring and would be an 8-12 month process, but it has been indicated that this could be affected by supply chain issues.