Public Notices

 

VERGENNES TOWNSHIP
PLANNING COMMISSION
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing before the Vergennes Township Planning Commission will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Vergennes Township Hall, located at 10381 Bailey Drive, Lowell, MI to consider amendments to the zoning ordinance as summarized below:

Proposed Zoning Ordinance text amendments are to several sections.  A new section for solar energy regulation will be 201.442 Small-Scale Solar Energy Systems to regulate building mounted or ground mounted units in any zone district by size, type, height, setback, lot size and removal if no longer in use.  Some smaller units will be by right to install. Related definitions will be added to section 201.202.  Utility Scale Energy Systems are the large commercial types and will be allowed as a special exception use in the R-A district as section 201.304 C 20 and will regulate setbacks, application procedures, lot size, height, screening, maintenance plan and decommissioning if not used or obsolete.  This commercial type will also be permitted as a special exception use permit in the Industrial district section 201.309 C 8.

In section 201.202 the definition of “structure” will be amended for clarification.

In section 201.307 F 5 Land Alterations of the Flat River District, some clarifications will be added.

In section 201.402 F Accessory Buildings, Exempt Structures section, will be a new section mainly for structures on lake front parcels that will be exempt from certain setbacks and other structures with new setbacks.

A new section will be added as 201.443 Fences to regulate fencing location, height, type and permit required.

In section 201.412 Grade Levels will be changed to require a grading plan to be submitted with building permits to show proposed grades so storm water will not run onto neighboring property.

In section 201.423 Tents and Recreational Vehicles section is rewritten for more flexibility for people to visit persons with a home on the property and stay in an RV for a limited time period by right or longer with a permit.  The RV must be licensed and placed to meet setbacks.

The section 201.424 Satellite Dish Antennas will be deleted as it pertained to the old large dishes that are no longer used.

The complete proposed text amendments can be reviewed at the Vergennes Township Hall, 10381 Bailey Drive, PO Box 208, Lowell, MI 49331 - Phone: (616) 897-5671 or on the website: www.vergennestwp.org.  Written and oral comments will be received from any interested party until the conclusion of the public hearing.  Written comments may be addressed to the Planning Commission Chairman or the Planning Coordinator at the Township Offices.  Comments may be emailed to the Planning Commission at: zoning@vergennestwp.org

Vergennes Township Planning Commission


VERGENNES TOWNSHIP
PLANNING COMMISSION
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing before the Vergennes Township Planning Commission will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Vergennes Township Hall, located at 10381 Bailey Drive, Lowell, MI to consider a rezone application of a parcel as summarized below:

A rezone application has been received from Peter Faber to rezone parcel number 41-16-34-226-015 and known as 487 Lincoln Lake Ave SE from R-2 to C Commercial zone on the zoning map.  This parcel is vacant land and north of the former dog agility place and south of Vergennes St.

The complete rezone application can be reviewed at the Vergennes Township Hall, 10381 Bailey Drive, PO Box 208, Lowell, MI 49331 - Phone: (616) 897-5671 or on the website: www.vergennestwp.org.  On the website, click on Planning and Zoning, then Planning, then Pending Applications to view the application.  Written and oral comments will be received from any interested party until the conclusion of the public hearing.  Written comments may be addressed to the Planning Commission Chairman or the Planning Coordinator at the Township Offices.  Comments may be emailed to the Planning Commission at: zoning@vergennestwp.org

Vergennes Township Planning Commission


VERGENNES TOWNSHIP
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a public hearing before the Vergennes Township Board will be held at a regular scheduled meeting on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM, at the Vergennes Township Hall, located at 10381 Bailey Drive, Lowell, MI to consider an amendment to an existing special exception use permit as follows:

Red Barn Market has applied for an amendment to their special exception use permit, which is regulated in section 201.304 (C) (14) of the R-A District, Neighborhood Local Business, and sections 201.439, 201.440 of the General and Special Regulations Chapter 4.  They are planning to add a hard cider production equipment unit with a tasting room and selling the hard cider to customers at the Market building at 3550 Alden Nash NE, Lowell.

The complete application can be reviewed at the Vergennes Township Hall, 10381 Bailey Drive, PO Box 208, Lowell, MI 49331 - Phone: (616) 897-5671 [fax 897-5674].  Written and oral comments will be received from any interested party until the conclusion of the public hearing.  Written comments may be addressed to the Township Clerk at the Township Offices.  Comments may be emailed to:  clerk@vergennestwp.org.

Heather Hoffman
Vergennes Township Clerk


VERGENNES TOWNSHIP
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
PUBLIC NOTICE

There will be a meeting of the Vergennes Township Zoning Board of Appeals on May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Vergennes Township Hall located at 10381 Bailey Dr. (Lowell) at the corner of Parnell to hear the following business:

A variance application has been received from Andrew Porter to construct a detached garage closer to the house and street than the ordinance allows at 3435 Causeway Dr, Lowell.  The variance is from the L-R Lake Residential district, section 201.3075 (E).

The complete variance application can be reviewed at the Vergennes Township Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays or on the website at www.vergennestwp.org.  Public comment will be heard at the meeting for the variance request.  Written comments received by mail, email, in person or in the drop box on the side of the driveway parking area will also be considered if received at the Township office prior to 6:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.  Comments may be emailed to: zoning@vergennestwp.org

To view the application on the website, click on “Planning and Zoning”, then “Zoning Board of Appeals”, then “Pending Applications”.


NOTICE
Vergennes Township Adoption of Ordinance
 To Opt-Out, Regulate and Prohibit Marihuana Establishments and Facilities and Prescribe Penalties for Ordinance Violation
2018-07

Notice is hereby given that Vergennes Township Ordinance 2018-07 to opt-out, regulate and prohibit Recreational Marihuana Establishments and Facilities in Vergennes Township and to Prescribe Penalties for Violation of the Ordinance was adopted at a special meeting of the Vergennes Township Board on December 3, 2018 and is summarized as follows: 

Section 1 - TITLE: Known as: “Vergennes Township Marihuana Establishments and Facilities Ordinance.”

Section 2 – DEFINITIONS: IHRA means the Industrial Hemp Research Act, 2014 PA 547, MCL 286.841 et seq. Marihuana establishment means that term as defined in the MRTMA. Marihuana facility means that term as defined in the MMFLA. MMFLA means the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, 2016 PA 281, as amended. MMMA means the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, 2008 IL 1, as amended. MRTMA means the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, 2018 IL 1, as amended.
 
Section 3 - MARIHUANA ESTABLISHMENTS AND FACILITIES PROHIBITED: Marihuana facilities are prohibited within the boundaries of the Township.
Section 4 - RIGHTS UNAFFECTED BY THIS ORDINANCE- This Ordinance shall not affect the rights of any person under Section 5 of the MRTMA, or the IHRA.
Section 5 - SEVERABILITY If any part of this Ordinance is determined to be unconstitutional or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, it shall be severed from the remainder of the Ordinance and such determination shall not affect the remainder of the Ordinance which shall remain valid and in effect.

  1. Section 6 – PENALTIES: Violation of this Ordinance is a municipal civil infraction.  This Ordinance will be enforced and administered by the Township Zoning Administrator, the Township Building Inspector, and such other Township official or agent as the Township Board or such other Township official as may be designated from time to time by resolution by the Township Board, or the Kent County Sheriff Department. 
  2. The complete text of the Ordinance 2018-07 is on file at the township office, located at 10381 Bailey Dr., Lowell, and is available on the township website at www.vergennestwp.org. 

This ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after publication.
Heather Hoffman
Vergennes Township Clerk