The Facts about our Appeal in Osceola Township

To Press Releases listJan 29, 2018

Updated January 29, 2018:

Following NWNA Reply to Michigan Court of Appeals Regarding Osceola Township Appeal of Circuit Court Ruling

Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) has filed a reply in the Michigan Court of Appeals regarding the Osceola Township appeal of the Circuit Court’s ruling that orders the Township to issue a permit for our request to build a small, 12-foot by 22-foot building to house a booster pump. As we have stated previously, NWNA firmly believes that the Circuit Court ruling is appropriate and should be upheld. 

The booster pump would increase pressure along a pipeline to transport additional water, should the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approve our application for increased withdrawal capacity at the White Pine Springs well.

January 2, 2018:

Following Osceola Township Appeals of Circuit Court Ruling to the Michigan Court of Appeals

Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) firmly believes that the Circuit Court decision was appropriate. Last month, the Circuit Court decided that our request for a permit to build a small, 12-foot by 22-foot building to house a booster pump in Osceola Township is valid and should be granted.  The booster pump would increase pressure along a pipeline to transport additional water, should the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approve our application for increased withdrawal capacity at the White Pine Springs well.

December 21, 2017:

Following Circuit Court Decision

Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) is pleased that the Circuit Court has decided that our request for a permit to build a small, 12-foot by 22-foot building to house a booster pump in Osceola Township is valid and has ordered the Township to issue the zoning permit.  The booster pump would increase pressure along a pipeline to transport additional water, should the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approve our application for increased withdrawal capacity at the White Pine Springs well.

As background on this issue, we disagreed with the decision by the Osceola Township Planning Commission to deny our request for a permit, and by the tie vote of the Osceola Township Zoning Board of Appeals to let that denial stand. We firmly believe the plan we proposed met the Township’s zoning ordinance. Of all our options, we believe the booster station will be the most efficient and environmentally friendly. 

November 15, 2017:

Following Circuit Court Hearing

Today’s hearing was an important step regarding Nestlé Waters North America’s (NWNA) request for a permit to build a small, 12-foot by 22-foot building to house a booster pump in Osceola Township. The pump would increase pressure along a pipeline to transport additional water, should the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) approve our permit application for increased withdrawal capacity at the White Pine Springs well. We filed our appeal so that an independent judge would review the local administrative zoning board’s decision. We have raised questions and concerns about the administrative process that we believe deserve a fair and impartial hearing. We appreciate the Circuit Court’s time today, and look forward to having this matter decided soon. 


 November 6, 2017:

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) and Sum of Us say that Nestlé is suing Osceola Township, MI, and are asking people for donations to help Osceola Township pay its legal fees. What is your response?

Some of the information being shared about this issue is misleading.

Here are the facts. Nestlé Waters filed an appeal so that an independent judge would review a local administrative zoning board’s decision. We have raised questions and concerns about the administrative process that we believe deserve a fair and impartial hearing.

This is in reference to our request for a permit to build a small, 12-foot by 22-foot building, designed to house a booster pump. The pump would increase pressure along a pipeline to transport additional water, if our water withdrawal permit application is approved by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

The Planning Commission denied our request, saying the area isn’t zoned for our needs. We disagree with that assessment. Our first action was to appeal to the three-person Zoning Board of Appeals, one of whose members bowed out of the decision and the vote was split between the other two members, which meant that the Planning Commission denial was upheld.  

Because we firmly believe the plan we proposed met the Township’s site plan and special land use standards, we are now asking the Circuit Court to review our request.

We are sensitive to local government's incurrence of legal expenses in this appeal, and that is why we offered to delay this action, but that offer was unfortunately refused by the Township.

We do look forward to having these issues fairly heard and decided soon.

Nestlé Waters has worked to be a good neighbor to Osceola Township for over 15 years. We value our relationships with Township residents and community leaders, and always strive to create shared value within the communities where we operate.