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Group gets standing in challenge to dune development

August 1, 2018
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ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, JULY 28 - In this May 18, 2017 photo, the McClendon home is seen in the distance from a road that will lead to several housing sites on the Padnos property in Saugatuck Township, Mich. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has given a marina and home development project in the Lake Michigan sand dunes a key permit it needs to move forward. The department approved a permit for the North Shores of Saugatuck project Friday. The project would build a 1,600-foot-long marina and nearly 40 home sites near the Saugatuck Dunes State Park. (Sydney Smith/The Holland Sentinel via AP)

SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) — An environmental group has been granted standing in its effort to challenge a planned development of high-end homes in sand dunes along Lake Michigan.

David Swan, president of the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, tells The Holland Sentinel the update is “an enormous victory.” It allows for arguments to continue in court.

Holland residents Jeff and Peg Padnos are working to develop 23 homes near Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Some would be built on dune grass while others are to be constructed along the Kalamazoo River.

Carl Gabrielse, attorney for the Padnoses, says they’ll “take the appropriate steps to protect the private property ... and the numerous state and local permits already received.”

The alliance challenged a permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality after it was approved in January.

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Information from: The Holland Sentinel, http://www.thehollandsentinel.com

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