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Final preliminary plats for sub lots approved

By Lisa Brody

Final preliminary plat approval for Bloomfield Mill and Franklin Woods, two platted subdivisions in Bloomfield Township, were considered and approved on Monday, January 10, by the board of trustees.

Patti Voelker, township director of planning, building and ordinance, explained the plats were coming back to the board after tentative preliminary approval in November 2020. The proposed Bloomfield Mill subdivision, on the west side of Franklin Road between Maple and 14 Mile Road, is comprised of two single-family residential lots, while the proposed Franklin Woods Subdivision comprised of nine single-family residential lots on the east side of Franklin Road.

“Because it's a plat it is following the Michigan Land Division Act as well as the township's Land Division and Subdivision Ordinance,” Voelker said.

Karen Stickel of engineering firm Hubbell, Roth & Clark explained the developer, Terry Nosan of Nosan Properties, had one year from board approval to submit the plat proposal to relevant agencies. As the township did not hold a second meeting in December 2021, it was moved to the January meeting.

“All final preliminary plat requirements have been submitted in accordance with the Land Division Act and the township Subdivision Act,” Stickel said.

She explained the developer is still going through engineering plan approvals, and plat approval is not contingent upon engineering approvals. EGLE sanitary sewer approvals were reached as well as a Sunoco pipeline permit. She said they will have to apply for a tree permit in the future.

On the Franklin Woods subdivision site, Nosan said they will need to remove most trees, other than where there are wetlands, because as it is a former apple orchard, the soil is contaminated with arsenic “and other normal mid-20th century pesticide management. In order to remove the contaminated soils, the majority of the trees need to be removed.”

Trustee Stephanie Fakih voiced concern about disturbing wetlands, and she and trustee Val Murray were worried about stormwater runoff and and management.

Nosan explained that after the large storm events last year, the Oakland County Water Resources Commission changed the rules for storm water runoff, “and this is one of the first systems to have the new one.”

Trustees vote 5-1, to approve the Bloomfield Mill final preliminary plat, with Fakih opposed and trustee Michael Schostak absent. They voted 4-2 to approve the Franklin Woods final preliminary subdivision plat, with Fakih and Murray opposed and Schostak absent.


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