Hearing Set Tuesday On Revised School Plans For Genoa Church
October 9, 2017
A hearing is set Tuesday on revised plans by a religious school to relocate to a Brighton-area church.
Livingston Christian Schools submitted new plans last month to relocate to the Brighton Church of the Nazarene in Genoa Township. The Township’s Planning Commission will review those at their meeting Tuesday night at 6:30pm. The school filed suit in 2015 against Genoa Township for its refusal to grant a special use permit to move into the church. Township officials cited traffic concerns, the school’s failure to follow the proper approval process and incompatibility with the township master plan among other reasons. Since then, LCS has been leasing space from Whitmore Lake Public Schools. The lawsuit was dismissed after a federal judge ruled the claims had no merit, a judgment later upheld by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
As part of the revised plans, the school plans to stagger start and stop times to fall between the peak traffic of the nearby schools which includes Brighton High School, Maltby Middle School and Hornung Elementary. Additionally, LCS provided a traffic study that shows the church driveway should be widened to provide a longer left turn lane to ensure site safety. Plans show the school is anticipating 280 students by the year 2020. The Planning Commission will now make a recommendation on the revised plans to the township board, which will make any final decision. (JK)