But now that construction of a boat storage facility is being planned by Lake Fenton Marina owner Pete Matta, the Parnells and other nearby residents are not happy.
said the building will be constructed even if the requested variance is not approved.
"We can still build this without a variance," he
According to the Parnells, an ongoing battle has existed between many of the neighbors and the marina owner for many years regarding the use of the property, and Matta
was fined many times for storing boats on the property until it was properly rezoned for storage. She
said the property owners opposed the rezoning 100 percent and when approval was given previously, they were assured no building would ever be built.
Those promises made by former boards, which were illegal according to current ZBA members, have led to further frustrations of the residents.The fact that Matta is the chairman of the ZBA and the letter released to the residents giving an incorrect time for the meeting, further fueled the angry neighbors.Matta
excused himself as chairman during Tuesday's ZBA
meeting, with ZBA member Michele Spear presiding.About 20 residents came to dispute the building, although some of those grievances were not in the hands of the ZBA
It was determined by the ZBA
that the variance requested would give more of a buffer for the residents.Matta
also owns much of the surrounding property.
said no boats will be stored outside when the facility is completed.
Resident Michael Tinte said the area where the boats are stored has been an eyesore for the township for many years, but he
raised objections to the size of the building, which is not an issue for the ZBA
"It's a monster," he
also shared with the audience his
plans include tearing down the existing marina building and making it a park area.Many of the neighbors asked if he
could build the boat storage at that site.He
does not consider that an option.