Zoning request by Nestle turned down by planning commission

Township denies Nestle Zoning permit

OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Nestle's plan to pull more groundwater from a well in Osceola County has hit a roadblock. The Osceola Township Planning Commission voted down the company's request for a zoning permit to build a pump house.

The building would be a pipeline booster station. It is part of Nestle's proposal to withdraw 400 gallons of water per minute from the well, up from the current limit of 250 gallons per minute. A request that is pending with state regulators.

Officials in Osceola Township raised questions on whether the booster station, which would be built at Spring Hill Camp would fit under the townships zoning rules.

It's unclear what that means for the Department of Environmental Quality. The DEQ is taking public input until April 21st. Then it will make a decision on whether Nestle could pump more water for its bottling plant in Mecosta County.

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