Riparian Ordinance Update

View the Riparian Survey Response Summary

The Township has been discussing the need for updates to the current riparian regulations since before the flooding in 2018, when groundwater and lake levels did not recede following rain events as they had in years past. Now that the Township is in the home stretch with final permitting and eventual construction of a long-term solution, the Township Board has directed the Planning Department and Planning Commission to resume work on updating riparian regulations to protect lakes, ponds, and streams within the Township, in addition to centralizing the regulations within the Zoning Ordinance for simplicity.

On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, the Planning Department held a public listening session for the purpose of learning more about current riparian challenges and discussing the upcoming riparian ordinance process. There were approximately 25 in-person attendees and over 30 Zoom attendees. We'd like to thank all who attended and provided input on this process. A summary of the meeting has been completed and a link to the summary is provided below.

During the week of June 19, 2023, postcards with a link to an online survey to collect additional information and validate feedback received at the listening session were circulated to all riparian property owners. The deadline for survey responses was Sunday, July 23, 2023. 

The project was delayed due to staffing transitions during 2023, but work has resumed again in 2024.

Next Steps

  • The Planning Commission reviewed the survey responses at their February 6, 2024 Workshop Meeting. 

If you would like to discuss specific details regarding this process, please call Planning Director, Kelly McIntyre, at 269-548-4305. 

  1. Kelly McIntyre

    Planning Director