NEW BUFFALO – A public hearing on the proposed Harbor Crossing Planned Unit Development was scheduled by the New Buffalo Township board prior to its next meeting on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.

The township’s Planning Commission approved the revised plan for a 210-unit manufactured home development at 19701 Kluver Road following a public hearing on Nov. 5. The commission stipulated three buffer zones of trees and vegetation for the property which is bordered on the north and east by Whittaker Woods Golf Course, the Indiana state border to the south and farmland to the west. Commissioner Ryan Layman cast the only dissenting vote.

Also during the Nov. 18 meeting, the Township Board approved a contract with Brooks Architectural Inc. for the construction of a new Public Safety Building.

The contract calls for the firm to receive 7 percent of the project’s cost which is currently estimated to be under $3 million. Expected to begin in spring, the new facility will be built on the 13-acre site near the current township fire station between Wilson and Lubke roads. It will house a three-bay fire station and a two-bay police facility.  

Township Supervisor Michelle Heit will join other local officials and members of the New Buffalo Shoreline Alliance on a Dec. 5-6 trip to Washington, D. C. The group will meet with Michigan legislators, the Army Corps of Engineers and other administrative representatives to seek funding for dredging, beach nourishment and other protections against shoreline erosion. The board approved Heit’s expenses for the trip not to exceed $2,000.

An amendment to the Water System Ordinance was approved that allows rate adjustments to reflect changes in the character or use of the building. The board also approved several minor edits to its recently passed zoning ordinances governing landscape and excavating businesses and accepted the recently completed Roma Sewer Extension as part of its sanitary sewer system.

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