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One by One is an organization that was created by a group of concerned citizens to ensure the responsible use of property and land in Holland Charter Township and adjacent townships. This group was created in order to give a voice to the citizens in order to maintain the value and integrity of our community


The best estimate for total expenditures is approximately $ 25,000. We currently need about $2,500 more to cover the remaining attorney's costs and the cost of filing our appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals.


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As always, continue to look for opportunities to share our cause with others who may be willing to partner with us in this process. One by One will also explore various fund raising efforts to help fund our expenses. Please direct your suggestions to

For more information please email One by One at:

How Can You Help

  1. Be present at the Holland Charter Township Meetings. The Township makes decisions that also affect adjacent communities (dates posted on website).
  2. Make a habit of reading the minutes for your township to stay educated on what is being decided for you in your community.
  3. Support the efforts of “One By One” with financial contributions and personal involvement using your strengths to build a stronger community.
  4. Tell your friends and neighbors about these efforts to raise awareness.

Sign the petition!

We have consulted with our attorneys and we are moving forward with an appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals. In his opinion the judge states that we "argue that the court should review the Township's action and determine whether the Township's conditional approval was a good or bad idea". In no brief or oral argument before the court did we ever make that assertion. We did however, make the assertion that discretion allowed to a local government to interpret and apply it's own ordinances cannot extend to the point where the ordinance's plain language can be completely ignored.

Many of us along with our attorneys feel that the Judge's decision was incorrect based on the following:
- A truck stop is significantly different from the approved uses for that property and the planning commission's approval was beyond their authority.
- Our attorney also shared that while the judge indicated we do not have standing he did not clarify what level of proof would indicate that we did. Recent research by our team shows that the supreme court has ruled in favor of standing cases like this. If we cannot hold the planning commission accountable....than who?

One by One is committed to continue to work to reverse this decision. We need YOUR help to continue this process.

Proposed Development at the intersection of Adams/16th Street and 96th Street (by I-196 ramps)

Large 12,000 sq. ft. primary retail building
- Country store
– McDonalds
– Chester’s Restaurant
8,000 sq. ft. Tire Shop
Weigh Station
Showers and other amenities for truckers
Three drive-ways
Vehicle (12) and Truck (8) fueling areas
Open 24/7
- Light Pollution will be visible for ¼ mile
69 semi-truck parking spaces (for long-term use)
Snow storage area
Estimated 300-350 trucks and 600-700 cars per day
13 Acres of land
3 Non-use Variances for signage
- Exceeds the maximum sign height by 50 ft. for a total 75 ft.
– Exceeds the maximum sign area by 485.23 sq. ft. for a total of 517.23 sq. ft. (digital sign changing every 6 seconds)
– Exceeds the maximum size for direction signs by 6 sq. ft.
- Sign will be digital, rotating ads every 6 seconds
site plan