Hartland Planning Commission approves new gas station
January 15, 2022
By Mike Kruzman / [email protected]
A new gas station and convenience store in Hartland Township is one step closer to reality despite complaints from nearby residents and businesses.
The Township of Hartland Planning Commission made a recommendation for a site plan with approval of a special land use application Thursday night. The 6,000 square foot gas station and convenience store with 9 pumps, 3 of which are diesel powered, would be located on portions of 2 plots north of Clyde Road and east of Runyan Lake Road.
A public hearing was held with a few neighbors and the owner of a nearby establishment raising concerns on several issues. One concerned the traffic impact this new activity would cause near an already busy intersection during rush hour. Township planner Troy Langer noted that the Livingston County Road Commission, in addition to a third-party study provided by the claimant, believed a study was unnecessary. It was believed that this type of business did not generate new traffic, but rather diverted nearby and existing traffic.
Another concern was a wetland that was going to be filled on the property. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, however, said it was an unregulated wetland and therefore no permit would be required. The planning commission also accepted a photometric lighting plan despite concerns about possible light pollution. Realtor and builder Dale Brewer said he was called by the developer and told him it looked like they were trying to navigate their way through the process. The construction manager responded to the intimidation accusation, saying he was trying to explain the project to Brewer, but he took his words offensively and that he is not that kind of man business.
The project parking lot seemed to be a few spaces short of the required number, but the way their diesel pumps are set up could be seen as needing a few less spaces.
In the end, the planning commission approved the site plan with a special land use request which will now go to the township council by a 5 to 1 vote.