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Developers opt out of Traverse City housing project

"The burden of proof should lie on the applicant," said one member of the public.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- On Tuesday a proposed housing project in Traverse City officially came to an end.

City commissioners accepted the developer's choice to pull out of the application process for a Special Land Use Permit.

The plan was to build two 100-foot buildings at 305 West Front Street.

The city commission passed it, but a citizens group challenged that sent it to court.

There, a judge ruled the city commission did not have substantial evidence for the permit to be issued.

Some members of the public said they hope this will be a learning experience.

"The burden of proof should lie on the applicant," said one member of the public. "The burden of proof should not lie on city staff. The city staff's responsibility should be to take that information that is presented to them by the applicant and to analyze that data and see if it meets standards."

The developers are now working on a project that is within the city's height requirements.

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