The Milford Township Planning Commission at its Thursday, Oct. 25 meeting approved recommending a wireless overlay zone and special use permit for seven 199-foot radio broadcast towers to be built on the border of Wixom and Milford Township.
Both votes were close as the recommendations were each passed by a 5-4 margin.
Sima Birach, the owner of Southfield-based Birach Broadcasting Corporation, asked for a rezoning, special use and site plan approval for the towers — proposed to be located off Maple Road, just west of the Wixom Department of Public Works facility on Charms Road — after he purchased two parcels totaling more than 61 acres so he could relocate the towers from Fenton to Milford Township.
Birach Broadcasting Corporation owns and operates a network of AM radio stations in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
The towers would be visible to residents along the roadway and those in the Wexford Mews subdivision, in addition to residents in Milford Township.
Planning Commission Chairman David Kulp voted in favor of the recommendations.
“I believe he satisfied the requirements of the ordinance,” Kulp said. “The applicant’s attorney also agreed to take the actions we requested, some of which were not required by the ordinance.”
Planning Commission Member Ric Mueller voted against the recommendations on both counts.
“I see no benefit for Milford. It doesn’t follow our master land use plan,” Mueller said. “I asked the gentleman if he knew that the area was zoned how it was when he bought the property, and he admitted that there was a risk if the (recommendations) did not go through.”
The next township board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 21.