A rezoning request that will help a business owner expand his adult foster care services has met the approval of the Green Oak Township Planning Commission.

Dennis Dubuc is owner of Blue Heron Pond , an adult foster home located on 4.35 acres off of Rushton Road. Currently Dubuc can accommodate 6 residents because of single-family residential zoning. He came before the commission last month asking to be rezoned into residential-multifamily that would allow him to bring on an additional 6 residents. Township Clerk Mike Sedlak is the Board of Trustee’s liaison to the Planning Commission. He said Dubuc took initiative towards getting this done following the January meeting. He met with the Township Planner and drafted conditions to the request. The conditions ensure that at no time any other homes, apartments, duplexes, or domiciles will be constructed on the property. It also limits the number of residents at the home to 12.

The rezoning would allow for a higher density, but as Sedlak explained, Dubuc’s self-imposed conditions would keep the site in line with the future land use map and master plan. Sedlak said he himself spent 90 minutes at Blue Heron Pond earlier this week which gave him time to look around and see how Dubuc’s plans could come together. He said it’s a nice facility, the residents look like they’re well taken care of, and he can’t see this as anything other than an enhancement. The rezoning request will now go to the Township Board of Trustees with a recommendation of approval. (MK)