I wanted to provide an update regarding the outcome of today’s election and the referendum our community voted on that concerns the rezoning of the Poel blueberry farm.

The results of the vote on the referendum, “Shall Zoning Map Amendment Ordinance No. 292 take effect?” were 24.7% YES and 75.3% NO. The majority “no” vote essentially means that voters do not think the rezoning of the former Poel blueberry farm as Low Density Residential should take effect.

In September, the Spring Lake Township Board of Trustees voted to rezone parcels of the blueberry farm as Low Density Residential for the development of homes by P5 Land Investments. Following the rezoning, residents filed a referendum petition to overturn that decision, which is what appeared on your ballot.
P5 Land Investments sued the township because of the Board’s decision, asking to rezone the parcels to Medium Density Residential, which would allow up to 299 dwelling units and is consistent with our Master Plan. In January, the Board of Trustees voted to settle the litigation with P5 with an agreement to allow no more than 195 units on the property to be built over the next two decades.

With Tuesday’s vote, this means that the property will not be rezoned as Low Density Residential. However, the vote does not change the settlement agreement between P5 and the Board, because it has been approved by the court.

We thank you for your participation in this election. We remain committed to investments in open spaces and recreational areas, consistent with the changes we approved to our Master Plan. We are dedicated to the responsible growth of Spring Lake Township that balances the community’s vision and need for additional housing with ongoing conversations about preserving open and recreational space.

As always, we welcome your feedback, and you can reach out to me at jrabideau@springlaketwp.org.

Thank you,
Jerry Rabideau
Spring Lake Township