Singapore Dunes LLC http://michiganradio.org en State regulators to issue permit for controversial development in duneland, with conditions http://michiganradio.org/post/state-regulators-issue-permit-controversial-development-duneland-conditions <p>A controversial development that’s proposed on 300 acres of critical duneland in Saugatuck is likely to get the state permit it needs to get the project rolling. The parcel has been at the center of a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/singapore-dunes-llc">years-long legal battle.</a></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15930 at http://michiganradio.org State regulators to issue permit for controversial development in duneland, with conditions Public asks state to reject development plans, consider buying dune land in Saugatuck http://michiganradio.org/post/public-asks-state-reject-development-plans-consider-buying-dune-land-saugatuck <p>Many people are asking the state to consider paying millions of dollars for a few hundred acres of land in Saugatuck. The land is sandwiched between Saugatuck State Park and a nearly 200-acre nature preserve.</p><p>Community leaders tried to buy the property a few years ago. They were outbid by a wealthy businessman. After a years-long legal battle over development rights, the property was listed for sale this month.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:57:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14150 at http://michiganradio.org Public asks state to reject development plans, consider buying dune land in Saugatuck After years-long legal battle, developer lists dune land property for sale in Saugatuck http://michiganradio.org/post/after-years-long-legal-battle-developer-lists-dune-land-property-sale-saugatuck <p>After years of legal wrangling over development rights, energy giant Aubrey McClendon <a href="http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-639-20988097/singapore-dunes-saugatuck-mi-49453">has put a huge property up for sale in Saugatuck</a>. The 300-acre parcel includes coastal dunes near Lake Michigan.</p><p>McClendon bought the land in 2006 for about $40 million. He spent millions on engineers, architects, designers; and then battling Saugatuck Township in court for the right to develop the land.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:38:46 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14133 at http://michiganradio.org After years-long legal battle, developer lists dune land property for sale in Saugatuck 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 Twp considers new settlement with developer over dune land http://michiganradio.org/post/saugatuck-twp-considers-new-settlement-developer-over-dune-land <p>Lawyers for Saugatuck Township have reached <a href="http://saugatucktownship.org/news_notices/1%20Settlement%20and%20Release%20Agreement%20With%20Exhibits%20A,%20B%20and%20C.pdf">an agreement to resolve </a>an expensive legal case with a private developer. The case is between the township and a billionaire who owns about 300 acres of property.</p><p>The land in dispute includes natural dunes on the Lake Michigan shore. The developer says the township has unfairly restrictive zoning laws for his property. The proposed settlement would reverse to the original zoning that&rsquo;s less restrictive.</p><p>Under the plan, the developer would ask for a zoning variance from the zoning board of appeals. The township&rsquo;s attorney Ron Bultje says the developer may ask for a variance &ldquo;to essentially develop the property in the manner that was shown on the development plan last summer.&rdquo; That plan included a marina and a hotel.</p><p>The township will hold a public hearing on the proposed agreement next week. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:27:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6609 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 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 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