TWP PARK. – A boat and jet ski rental company in Park Township that has been the source of neighbor complaints may push to regulate all boat rentals as the township seeks a solution.
The Park Township board of directors on Thursday asked the manager and attorney to work on a licensing order for boat rental companies and bring it back to the board at its July 8 meeting.
The council’s action came after pleas from management and members of Anchorage Marina and Yacht Club, who complained of ongoing issues with customers of Holland Water Sports, 1810 Ottawa Beach Road, parking on their property.
Marina management has put up signs warning cars that they are parked on private property and will be towed, but said on Thursday the problem had not gone away.
Holland Water Sports parking lot is too small to accommodate the number of clients it has on summer weekends.
While the township may require a certain number of parking spaces through its zoning code, Holland Water Sports would grandfather any changes the township makes to require more parking for boat rental companies.
A licensing ordinance, on the other hand, would give the township a new tool to impose control over parking on Holland Water Sports.
Boat rental companies would be required to obtain a license from the township and meet certain requirements in order to operate, and the permit ordinance could tie the number of parking spaces required to the number of boats the company owns. ‘business.
Owner Jeff Ward said he encourages customers to carpool, bike and walk from Holland State Park to his business. A notice is posted on the Holland Water Sports website warning that parking is limited and guests cannot park on neighboring properties.
Ward said it would be unfair of the township to target his business’s parking issues and not other Ottawa Beach Road locals who suffer from the same lack of space.
“I want them to be fair and start regulating all business here,” Ward said.
He said there was no way for him to add parking spots, so if township regulations tie the number of spots to the number of boats he can hire, he should cut rentals – and eventually close its doors.
“The more regulation there is, the higher my prices will be,” Ward said. “I have already proven to the Township that I have been able to run a business for 32 years, so I don’t see how their additional management could help me run my business better.”
Chris Swanberg, who owns a slip in Anchorage Marina, said he was encouraged and “hopeful” about the licensing ordinance after the board vote, which was applauded by those who attended the board meeting.
“I think it’s going to do it,” Swanberg said. “I don’t see any other way to do it.”
Swanberg has also expressed concerns to the state about refueling practices at Holland Water Sports.
Nick Assendelft, public information officer for the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, confirmed that the agency’s water resources division recently opened an investigation into Holland Water Sports , but said it would be inappropriate to comment on the details of the investigation.
In other township cases on Thursday, Park Township council voted to send a letter expressing opposition to the state’s proposed short-term rental legislation.
Michigan House and Senate bills would make renting out your home or apartment as a vacation rental a legal use, meaning townships and cities could not prohibit or limit this. practice through zoning codes.
The city of Holland, for example, has a cap of 25 on the number of short-term rentals allowed in its residential areas and would no longer be able to impose that limit if the legislation becomes law.
The Township of Park Planning Commission is just beginning a process of reviewing short-term rentals in the township and potentially developing local regulations.