Aubrey McClendon http://michiganradio.org en Plans to develop huge plot of lakefront land near Saugatuck submitted to township http://michiganradio.org/post/plans-develop-huge-plot-lakefront-land-near-saugatuck-submitted-township <p>An Oklahoma energy executive is <a href="http://singaporedunes.com/">submitting his plans </a>for a new development on 300 acres near Lake Michigan in Saugatuck. Aubrey McClendon owns the development <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/singapore-dunes-llc">Singapore Dunes LLC</a>.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 22:53:52 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8548 at http://michiganradio.org One lawsuit settled, but likely more to come in Singapore Dunes case http://michiganradio.org/post/one-lawsuit-settled-likely-more-come-singapore-dunes-case <p>A&nbsp;federal judge has signed off on a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/singapore-dunes-llc">long-standing legal dispute</a> between Saugatuck Township and Oklahoma energy executive Aubrey McClendon. The case revolves around the potential development of 300 acres of land McClendon owns that includes critical dunes near Lake Michigan.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:46:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7851 at http://michiganradio.org One lawsuit settled, but likely more to come in Singapore Dunes case Saugatuck Twp accepts proposed settlement with billionaire http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-twp-accepts-proposed-settlement-billionaire <p>A federal judge will consider another proposed settlement in a legal case between&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/saugatuck-township">Saugatuck Township </a>and a private developer. The township approved the proposed settlement Wednesday night.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 05:47:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6734 at http://michiganradio.org Saugatuck residents hope for resolution with developer in dunes case http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-residents-hope-resolution-developer-dunes-case <p>Some people in Saugatuck Township are pushing township officials to review its zoning laws to resolve an expensive legal case with a private developer.</p><p>Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon owns more than 300 acres in the township, including coastal dune land along Lake Michigan. McClendon says Saugatuck Township officials adopted unfairly restrictive zoning laws for his property.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 04:33:20 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6512 at http://michiganradio.org Saugatuck Township board to discuss federal case over dune land http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-township-board-discuss-federal-case-over-dune-land <p>Officials in Saugatuck tonight will discuss their options in a federal case between the township and <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/aubrey-mcclendon">a private developer</a> who wants to build on 300 acres near Lake Michigan coastal dunes.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-township-accepts-settlement-over-dune-land">Last July Saugatuck Township voted to accept a settlement</a> with the billionaire developer. The settlement would have allowed a 25-suite hotel, limited retail space and other development plans on his 300 acres along the Lake Michigan shore.</p><p>But in <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-rejects-proposed-settlement-saugatuck-dunes">November a federal judge in Grand Rapids rejected the settlement</a> because he said it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/zoning-questions-linger-dunes-land-use-settlement-saugatuck">violated state zoning laws. </a>The judge also ruled it didn&rsquo;t resolve any of the developer&rsquo;s claims that the township unfairly re-zoned his property.</p><p>Tonight the township board will meet with its attorney for the first time since&nbsp;the last federal&nbsp;court action in November. The meeting is not open to the public and it&rsquo;s unclear if the board will make any decisions tonight. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:57:10 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5735 at http://michiganradio.org Saugatuck Township board to discuss federal case over dune land Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area transferred to City of Saugatuck http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-harbor-natural-area-transferred-city-saugatuck <p>The City of Saugatuck <a href="http://naturenearby.org/Data/Resources/File/PR/SHNA%20closing%2012-23-11.pdf">has taken ownership of nearly 173-acres of dune land </a>on the shores of Lake Michigan. A coalition of conservationists and foundations has worked for more than 6 years to buy the property from a private developer.</p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:53:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5567 at http://michiganradio.org Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area transferred to City of Saugatuck Federal judge rejects proposed settlement for Saugatuck Dunes http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-rejects-proposed-settlement-saugatuck-dunes <p><em>This story has been updated: An earlier version of this story incorrectly suggested that development was prohibited on all 300 acres of the property. The story below has been updated to make the requirement for special permits more clear.</em></p><p>A federal judge has thrown out a proposed legal settlement between Saugatuck Township and a private developer looking to build near Lake Michigan coastal dunes.</p> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 03:40:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4804 at http://michiganradio.org Third-party groups hope to weigh in on possible Saugatuck deal involving coastal dunes http://michiganradio.org/post/third-party-groups-hope-weigh-possible-saugatuck-deal-involving-coastal-dunes <p>Three non-profit organizations are asking a federal judge to let them weigh in on a <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/docs/Consent%20Judgment%20PUBLIC%20DRAFT%20v6%2027.pdf">proposed settlement </a>between a private developer and Saugatuck Township.&nbsp; Both parties have agreed to the deal, but a federal judge must approve&nbsp;it.&nbsp;The agreement would resolve a longstanding land-use case. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 04:29:39 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3568 at http://michiganradio.org Third-party groups hope to weigh in on possible Saugatuck deal involving coastal dunes Zoning questions linger in dunes land-use settlement in Saugatuck http://michiganradio.org/post/zoning-questions-linger-dunes-land-use-settlement-saugatuck <p>A federal judge still has to <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/docs/Consent%20Judgment%20PUBLIC%20DRAFT%20v6%2027.pdf">approve a settlement </a>between a private developer and Saugatuck Township to resolve a long-standing land-use case. But there is already talk of a new lawsuit at the state level if the federal judge approves the agreement.</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 02:11:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3497 at http://michiganradio.org Zoning questions linger in dunes land-use settlement in Saugatuck Saugatuck Township accepts settlement over dune land http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-township-accepts-settlement-over-dune-land <p>Saugatuck Township officials have agreed to settle a land-use case with a billionaire who&rsquo;s trying develop property along Lake Michigan. Saugatuck Township voted Friday night to accept a legal <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/docs/Consent%20Judgment%20PUBLIC%20DRAFT%20v6%2027.pdf">settlement </a>with Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon. The proposal settles a land-use dispute between the two.</p> Sat, 23 Jul 2011 05:46:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3439 at http://michiganradio.org Saugatuck Township accepts settlement over dune land Man arrested, police shut down public hearing in Saugatuck http://michiganradio.org/post/man-arrested-police-shut-down-public-hearing-saugatuck <p>The township is seeking public input on <a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/docs/Consent%20Judgment%20PUBLIC%20DRAFT%20v6%2027.pdf">a proposed legal settlement with a billionaire </a>looking to develop property along the Lake Michigan shore.</p><p>The public hearing will have to be rescheduled since police shut it down before anyone got a chance to speak. More than 400 people tried to fit into a space that holds half that.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;This was not a good venue to do this,&rdquo; Saugatuck-Douglas Police Chief Ken Giles said. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 03:15:31 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3365 at http://michiganradio.org Man arrested, police shut down public hearing in Saugatuck Legal battle between Saugatuck Twp and private developer could be settled outside of court http://michiganradio.org/post/legal-battle-between-saugatuck-twp-and-private-developer-could-be-settled-outside-court <p><a href="http://platform.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/media/docs/Saugatuck-Singapore Announcement 06-28-11.pdf">A proposed deal</a> would allow a smaller scale development along the Lake Michigan shore. Aubrey McClendon owns more than 300 acres north of where the Kalamazoo River empties into Lake Michigan. He wants to build a marina, condos, houses, and a golf course there.</p><p>McClendon argues Saugatuck Township officials unfairly singled him out because they banned any development on the property without special permits. So he sued them in federal court.</p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:43:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3057 at http://michiganradio.org Legal battle between Saugatuck Twp and private developer could be settled outside of court Legal battle between Saugatuck Twp and private developer in front of federal judge Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/legal-battle-between-saugatuck-twp-and-private-developer-front-federal-judge-monday <p>Monday a federal judge in Kalamazoo will hear arguments in a case that pits <a href="http://www.saugatucktownship.org/">Saugatuck Township </a>against a billionaire looking to develop his property that includes coastal dunes along Lake Michigan.</p><p><a href="http://people.forbes.com/profile/aubrey-k-mcclendon/18103">Aubrey McClendon </a>owns more than 300 acres north of where the Kalamazoo River empties into Lake Michigan. <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/12/scale_model_of_saugatuck_dunes.html">He wants to build </a>a marina, condos, houses, and a golf course there.</p><p>Township officials have to approve special zoning for him to develop his property. McClendon&rsquo;s attorney <a href="http://www.mnds-pllc.com/attorneys_bruinsma.html">Jim Bruinsma</a> says the officials are biased against his client.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We contend that we have been unfairly singled out for unique zoning restrictions and really unfair procedures.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Bruinsma alleges the township worked illegally with an environmental group to restrict development and fund the township&rsquo;s legal defense.</p><p>Saugatuck Township officials deny they&rsquo;ve done anything illegal. They&rsquo;re attorney <a href="http://www.shrr.com/craig-r-noland">Craig Noland </a>is asking the judge to dismiss the case, forcing McClendon to go through normal zoning procedures.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Our position is that they should be required like any other citizen to file an application and allow the township to consider the application and make a decision.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Noland says Saugatuck Township&rsquo;s attorney township officials are prepared to handle McClendon&rsquo;s zoning request fairly and transparently. Sun, 06 Mar 2011 15:42:56 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1508 at http://michiganradio.org Legal battle between Saugatuck Twp and private developer in front of federal judge Monday