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Michigan Ordinance Passed To Restrict Proposed Shed

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – Michigan’s Boston Township passed an ordinance at an open meeting with the township board that will regulate outdoor assemblies in the area, a direct blow at a proposed outdoor entertainment park.

The ordinance came about after United Entertainment, LLC, a Detroit-based development and promotions firm proposed a large, outdoor entertainment park on a section of land in the township currently occupied by a large apple orchard. The park is to include an $18 million, 5,000-seat amphitheater.

Aside from traffic and noise concerns, the residents worried about the fact that Kris Dreyer of United Entertainment filed for bankruptcy in August.

The 11-page ordinance details different levels of assembly, which includes theatrical exhibitions, music, festivals and other similar events.

If the assembly includes less than 500 people, it is exempt from the rules of the ordinance. If there are 500-2,000 people, events of this size may be held no more than five times per year, and certain criteria must be met. If there are over 2,000 people, the event must meet the standard requirements, plus there an additional set of criteria.

“There will be an application fee of $250 per event,” Boston Township Supervisor Robert Dunton told the Ionia Sentinel-Standard.

Alcohol will not be permitted on the premises during outdoor assemblies, and an opaque fence must surround the property. Sound may not travel beyond the boundaries of the premises.

The hours of assembly may only run from 9am to 9pm, with all attendees off of the premises by 10pm. More regulations, including penalties for infractions were also determined at the town meeting.

The Boston Township outdoor assemblies ordinance is enforceable 30 days after publication, according to the paper. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers