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Sun March 6, 2011
Legal battle between Saugatuck Twp and private developer in front of federal judge Monday
Monday a federal judge in Kalamazoo will hear arguments in a case that pits Saugatuck Township against a billionaire looking to develop his property that includes coastal dunes along Lake Michigan.
Township officials have to approve special zoning for him to develop his property. McClendon’s attorney Jim Bruinsma says the officials are biased against his client.
“We contend that we have been unfairly singled out for unique zoning restrictions and really unfair procedures.”
Bruinsma alleges the township worked illegally with an environmental group to restrict development and fund the township’s legal defense.
Saugatuck Township officials deny they’ve done anything illegal. They’re attorney Craig Noland is asking the judge to dismiss the case, forcing McClendon to go through normal zoning procedures.
“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.”
Noland says Saugatuck Township’s attorney township officials are prepared to handle McClendon’s zoning request fairly and transparently.