sand dunes http://michiganradio.org en Developer gets OK for road across Michigan dunes http://michiganradio.org/post/developer-gets-ok-road-across-michigan-dunes <div><p>SAUGATUCK&nbsp;TOWNSHIP,&nbsp;Mich. (AP) - Construction is expected to begin in the coming months on an access road across part of the Lake Michigan shoreline for 18 home sites.</p><p>The Grand Rapids Press reports&nbsp;that Singapore Dunes LLC says it has received permission from the state Department of Environmental Quality to build the two-lane blacktop in&nbsp;Allegan&nbsp;County's&nbsp;Saugatuck&nbsp;Township.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:14:33 +0000 The Associated Press 17030 at http://michiganradio.org Developer gets OK for road across Michigan dunes Developer wants to build homes on reclaimed sand mining site http://michiganradio.org/post/developer-wants-build-homes-reclaimed-sand-mining-site <p>Castle Dunes LLC is proposing to develop more than 200 acres of reclaimed sand mining land in Norton Shores near Muskegon. The company has a purchase agreement to buy the land from the <a href="http://www.nugsand.com/">Nugent Sand Company</a>.</p><p>A public hearing is being held today to begin the zoning process at the Norton Shores Planning Commission meeting (tonight at 5:30pm in the community room of the Norton Shores Branch Library at 705 Seminole).</p><p>The company wants to build single family properties and condominiums around a man-made lake.</p><p>That lake was created by mining the sand from the dunes. It turned out to be a major problem for a previous developer when the water levels in the lake rose.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:49:55 +0000 Rebecca Williams 13433 at http://michiganradio.org Developer wants to build homes on reclaimed sand mining site How to build houses that don't harm Michigan's 'critical dune areas' http://michiganradio.org/post/how-build-houses-dont-harm-michigans-critical-dune-areas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over 70,000 acres of dunes are recognized as "critical dunes," out of the 275,000 acres of dunes in the state of Michigan. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1976, the Michigan Legislature created the Sand Dune Protection and Management Act.</span></p><p>A small book was published this summer by the Michigan Department for Environmental Quality illustrating ways to safely build homes in these critical dune areas.</p><p>MDEQ teamed up with an organization called&nbsp;<a href="http://sosdunes.org/blog/?page_id=2" target="_blank">Preserve the Dunes</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Preserve the Dunes is a non-profit that was started in 1997 in Van Buren and&nbsp;</span>Berrien<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Counties. The group has </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sponsored two competitions recognizing homes built in critical dune areas.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Critical Dunes Residential Design Awards were awarded in 2006 and again in 2012.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:11:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13264 at http://michiganradio.org How to build houses that don't harm Michigan's 'critical dune areas' Gov. Snyder signs controversial critical sand dunes bill http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-signs-controversial-critical-sand-dunes-bill <p>People who own private property on Michigan sand dunes will now have more flexibility when it comes to getting building permits.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill this week that broadens building permits on what are called critical dunes. Those are dunes that have the most environmental protection.</p><p>Rachel Hoekstra is the legislative Director for the Senator who introduced the bill. She says the previous law had too many regulations for building permits.</p><p>&ldquo;Basically it turned out to be whoever had the most money could potentially one day build a home in these areas.&rdquo;</p><p>But opponents of the new law say it puts those critical sand dunes at risk.</p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 02:21:23 +0000 Emily Fox 8607 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder signs controversial critical sand dunes bill