Lawsuit over community for mentally disabled

October 02, 2015
The owners of a proposed residential therapeutic farm community for people with mental disabilities have filed a lawsuit against Cheboygan County.
     Despite the lawsuit, the application has since been scheduled for review by the Cheboygan County Planning Commission during a regular meeting November 4 at 7 p.m. at the Cheboygan Area High School auditorium. Attorneys for Larry and Betsy Hanson filed the suit on August 5 on behalf of Heritage Cove Farm in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Northern Division.
     The Hansons submitted an application to the Cheboygan County Planning and Zoning Department in March to develop their proposed farm community on their property south of Grandview Beach Road in Tuscarora Township. In their application, the Hansons stated their development would provide therapy, support and structure for those adults with mental illness that voluntarily desire and have the capacity to recover and live independently. Heritage Cove Farm would offer an alternative to adult foster care and respite support, the application explains.
     The development would provide temporary housing and meals for mentally disabled adult men and women, according to the application. Twelve residents would be included for the initial first phase, with an additional 12 residents planned for the second phase.