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Saugatuck Township — Plans are moving forward for a private marina and home sites near Saugatuck Dunes State Park along Lake Michigan.

The Holland Sentinel reports the Saugatuck Township Planning Commission gave its blessing this week to the Saugatuck-area project after about 15 people spoke out against the development. The plans have drawn opposition from area residents and environmentalists.

The 300-acre property once belonged to oil tycoon Aubrey McClendon, who proposed large-scale development before his death last year. Its new owner is moving ahead with development plans. State permits are pending and a decision is expected by early November.

The project’s boat basin is a point of contention, since it requires removal of sand.

Brian Bosgraaf, president and designer for Cottage Home, told the newspaper the basin won’t negatively impact natural features.

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