March 3, 2021 Planning Commission Special Meeting Minutes

Sheridan Township Planning Commission

Special meeting via Zoom

Re: Pine Gate/Shipsterns Solar

March 3, 2021 9:30 a.m.


Present: Harold Badger, Scott Frederick, Sally Jackson, Dennis McMillan, Peggy Vogt


Staff: Tom Shedd, Zoning Administrator, Chris Atkin (Carlisle/Wortman)


Guests: Andrea Koller and Lorraine Bergman representing Pine Gate/Shipsterns Solar


The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.


Purpose: The meeting was held to discuss and gather information re: the Pine Gate/Shipsterns Solar project that will locate on 28 Mile Road beginning south of L Drive, N. extending to F Drive, N. on the east side of 28 Mile Road. Copies of Conditional Use Permit site plans were available*


Bergman began by explaining that Shipsterns is working with Consumers Energy on an energy purchase agreement. They are currently working on rezoning the area with the residents involved. The company has been doing business in Michigan since 2006 and they boast a strong maintenance program.


Koller reported that they have 40 projects in Michigan. The 28 Mile Road project will include 230 acres and plans for 112 panels. The company has reviewed Sheridan Township's Zoning Ordinance re: solar energy facilities and will be in compliance.


Shipsterns/Pine Gate anticipates construction will begin in late summer of 2021. They have agreements with four property owners which includes seven parcels.


Atkin commented that no Variance Requests are required.


A public hearing will be held via Zoom on Monday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. Letters will be sent to surrounding property owners and be advertised in the local newspaper. Maps of the area will be available prior to the public hearing.


Meeting adjourned at 9:50 a.m.


Minutes submitted by

Harold Badger, Chair

Peggy Vogt, Secretary Sheridan Township Planning Commission

Sheridan Township Planning Commission


Minutes approved at the 6/3/21 meeting of the Sheridan Township Planning Commission.


*Copies of items referenced in these minutes are available in the Township Clerk's office.



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