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Douglas News & Nuggets


Despite Council Sending Issue Back To Planning Commission, Planners Make No Changes To Proposed Overhaul On Accessory Buildings

   The announcement came at the Douglas City Council Monday’s meeting.
   Back in September, the Douglas City Council sent the proposed amendment regulating accessory buildings back to the planning commission in the hopes planners would modify it so as to address the expressed concerns from the rental property managing community.
   In particular, the proposed regulation bothered Mark Mikolitis, who manages a multi-million dollar portfolio of area properties (Lakeshore Lodging) and who argued the proposal was too rigid so as to eliminate many effective, sustainable and aesthetically appealing options.
   Also, the proposed amendment depended too much on the city zoning administrator’s subjective point of view in the reviewing process, noted Mikolitis.
   Following the council’s return of the issue back to the planning commission, Douglas Zoning Administrator and Community Development Director Lisa Imus researched other areas’ accessory building standards and the planners then further discussed the matter, ultimately deciding not to make any changes whatsoever.
   Accessory structures usually consist of detached, secondary buildings to the principal buildings on a property, (i.e., garages, sheds, storage buildings, etc.)
   “This amendment could be used to prohibit barns, greenhouses, pool houses, garden sheds and any other structure that is considered ‘not consistent’ in the opinion of the zoning administrator,” Mikolitis read from prepared notes before the city council.
   He further argued the proposed amendment would ban Quonset-type buildings, which have a long historical presence, as well as the use of energy efficient materials.    
   The amendment will now go before the Douglas City Council for final approval or rejection.
   
City Announces 2016 Leaf, Brush And Yard Waste Pickup Schedule

   Douglas City officials provided the following information in its Monday city council package, that stated, in part:
   “The city will pick up brush and yard waste on all city streets beginning the first Tuesday in April according to the schedule below.
   “If a large wind storm or ice event occurs, additional brush pick up will follow the event.
   “Please remember that the city is not authorized to dispose of grass clipping and the burning of leaves and yard waste within the city is prohibited.”
   The schedule detailing the dates and streets for the 2016 leaf and brush pickup is available on the city’s website at:  ci.douglas.mi.us   

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