BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The Mecosta County Planning Commission pushed back a rezoning vote on 11 additional parcels for the Gotion battery plant in Big Rapids on Thursday.
The rezoning request tied to those adjacent parcels are in addition to the main land where the company is constructing the plant. That parcel is already zoned industrial.
A Gotion spokesperson said the company is moving forward with the project amid the additional rezoning delay.
Gotion said its $2.4 billion electric vehicle battery plant will create 2,350 jobs. There’s been pushback from the community over the proposed project, mainly because of its ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
Thursday night’s delay came on the same day that Big Rapids resident Lori Brock saw the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development back down over an alleged complaint regarding her property and improper disposal of manure. The state informed her that she is not in violation.
Brock has been an outspoken opponent of the Gotion project and referred to the alleged complaint as harassment. Others have called it the weaponization of the Whitmer administration.