Public Notices


There will be a meeting of the Vergennes Township Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Vergennes Township Hall located at 10381 Bailey Dr. at the corner of Parnell (Lowell) to hear the following business:
The following variance application was postponed from the April 26 meeting. Applicant Richard Perry is applying for a side yard setback variance (section 201.304 F 2) for a metal carport accessory building at his property located at 11901 Alden Pines.
The Board will review and finalize the written decision language from the Township Attorney on the appeal decision from the April 26 meeting regarding the Township Boards approval of the Verizon tower proposed for 13645 Beckwith Dr. There will be no public hearing held on this as that was taken at the previous meeting.
The members may review any other business that may come before them as permitted by the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act and Vergennes Township Zoning Ordinance.
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 Public comment will be heard at the meeting for the variance request. Written comments received by mail, email, in person or in the mail slot located at the office entrance 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:

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Vergennes Township

Adoption of Ordinances
And Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that amendments to Zoning Ordinances regulating the Flat River District, Accessory Buildings in Lake Residential District, and Swimming Pools, were adopted at a regular meeting of the Vergennes Township Board on May 15, 2017, and are summarizes as follows: 

Chapter 2, Definitions: in section 201.202, new definitions of river related terms are being added. 

Chapter 3, Zoning Districts: The Flat River District, section 201.307, is amended to describe the district boundaries, clarifying the dock, stairs and boardwalk sections, further describing activity permitted in the natural vegetation strip, adding a land alterations section and matching various language portions with the State Natural Rivers ordinance. In the Lake Residential District, section 201.3075, is new language to allow one small storage building with setbacks on a lake front lot without a dwelling. 

Chapter 4, Accessory Buildings: section 201.402 amendments are adding a reference to section 201.3075 (B) (8) for accessory buildings on Murray Lake lots.  Also in section 201.422, Swimming Pools, language is amended to describe the new State Building Code changes allowing special non-fall through covers on in-ground pools as an alternative to fencing and gates.

  1. Violation of this Ordinance is a municipal civil infraction.  This Ordinance will be enforced and administered by the Township Zoning Administrator, or such other Township official as may be designated from time to time by resolution by the Township Board.

The complete text of Ordinances 2017-1, 2, and 3 are on file at the township office, located at 10381 Bailey Dr., Lowell, and copies are available during regular business hours.  The offices are open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 to noon.   It is available on the township website at 

This ordinance shall become effective thirty (8) days after publication unless a notice of intent to file referendum is filed within such time and, if so, then this ordinance shall take effect at such time as is provided by MCLA 125.282 as amended.

Also occurring is a Public Hearing to take place at the Regular Meeting of the Vergennes Township Board on June 19, 2017.  The Township Board adopted a noise ordinance last year on August 15, 2016.  Due to many questions on the target shooting section, they sent the ordinance back to the Planning Commission for more review on clarifying the wording.  The Planning Commission suggested some wording changes to clarify that target shooting is permitted but if excessive noise from continuous or loud shooting becomes a problem for neighboring properties, only then is it considered a violation.

The Board is holding a public hearing on this new change as well as the entire noise ordinance.  The ordinance consists of a section on prohibited noises that are so loud or continuous to seriously affect neighbors.  These types are noise such as music, animals, engines, horns, shouting/yelling, timing of construction noise, recreational vehicles and target practice.  An exception section contains allowed noises such as emergency vehicles, highway maintenance and construction, warning sirens, agricultural operations, Township approved events, timing of construction projects, repair work timing, normal firearms for hunting and other approved activities.  There is a definition of “person” and the municipal civil infraction process for violations.

Heather Hoffman
Vergennes Township Clerk