There is a lot of speculation as to what could become of the two properties now considered surplus. Here is what the Township has on record in the Master Plan.
Genoa Township’s last comprehensive master plan was completed in 1998, with amendments made in 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2013. The Township regularly refines its zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations in response to changing conditions, goals, and the law. Thus, this master plan represents the latest in a series of documents and ordinances which will help to ensure that the Township maintains its desired community character.
The Master plan for the two properties, owned by the DNR have future land use as Low Density Residential:
These areas are designated for single family residential use, located on the fringe between the rural residential and the more urbanized areas of the Township. While these areas are not planned for sewer service, they have fewer environmental constraints found in the Rural Residential. Single family residential uses within these areas will be located on lots of at least 1 acre in size.
These are considered secondary growth areas. Secondary growth areas do not have sewer and water, but due to their proximity to the cities of Brighton or Howell, are appropriate for infill with low density residential. Typical lot sizes will be around one acre or clustered developments at an overall density of two acres per dwelling.
Genoa Township is preparing an update to its 2013 Master Plan in order to guide future land use decisions over the next 15-20 years. This online platform is intended to provide background on the process and let the community know when and how to participate.
In preparation for the Master Plan, a consumer spending survey was conducted in 2020. Almost 300 households participated. In July 2021, the Master Plan started by tapping into the expertise of the members of township board and planning commission with a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) survey.
All Planning Commission meetings are open to the public, with opportunities for public comment at every meeting. In addition, a community open house will be held on November 10, 2021 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The open house will be held at Township Hall.
Here is the draft presented at the October 25th meeting.
Minutes from the October 25th meeting.