Planners in Saugatuck want more details on a proposed development south of Saugatuck Dunes State Park before they consider it further. Developer Cottage Home wants to build houses on a central piece of land that fronts the Kalamazoo River and Lake Michigan.

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While many cities across Michigan saw property values plummet during the recession, those along Lake Michigan weathered the storm better than most. One reason for that is short-term rentals – people renting out rooms, or whole houses -- for days or weeks at a time using websites like HomeAway and Airbnb. The rentals have turned lakefront homes in towns like St. Joseph and Saugatuck into sources of income. But in South Haven, the size and location of those rentals is turning into a problem.

The city of Saugatuck has reached a settlement agreement in two lawsuits filed last year over a luxury home development at the former Presbyterian Camps property at 631 Perryman St. The Shorewood Association — a group of homeowners south of the property — and Saugatuck resident Gary Medler both challenged the city over the development proposals for 21 million-dollar homes in the critical dunes property. (Holland Sentinel)

Should street performers be allowed on the busiest streets in Saugatuck’s prime business district? That’s the question City Council is debating over the next several weeks as it considers an amendment to the city’s code. (Holland Sentinel)

An agreement floated on how to handle the deteriorating Kalamazoo Harbor is taking on water after Douglas rejected a revised plan launched by Saugatuck. The Kalamazoo Lake Harbor Authority — made up of Saugatuck and Douglas representatives — wants to hire Edgewater Resources of St. Joseph to lead a multi-phase project to improve the 184-acre Kalamazoo Lake, which has been filling with silt. The harbor authority needs the approval of both Douglas and Saugatuck cities to fund the study.