Funneling or Access Parcel

TOWNSHIP OF PIERSON
COUNTY OF MONTCALM, MICHIGAN

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF TOWNSHIP ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT AND SUMMARY OF THE REGULATORY EFFECT THEREOF On July 21, 1997, the Township Board of the Township of Pierson adopted an ordinance amending the Pierson Township Zoning Ordinance.

The principal provisions of the amending ordinance can be summarized as follows:

  1. Lake Access. Section 4.10 is added to the Zoning Ordinance so as to regulate access to lakes and streams in the Township, where such access is from lots or other parcels of land that do not have frontage on such lakes or streams.
  2. Access Parcels. The amending ordinance provides that no lands shall be used as access property, from offshore lands to a lake, stream or other body of water unless the access property has at least 50 feet of water frontage for each dwelling unit using the access property, and which also has at least 5,000 square feet of land area for each non frontage dwelling unit using such access property. The access property must also have a minimum depth, back from the shoreline, of 100 feet and a minimum width of frontage, as measured along the water’s edge, of 200 feet. The water frontage of an access property may not include a swamp or wetland. An access property may not abut an artificially made canal or channel.
  3. Other Matters. The amending ordinance includes other provisions relating to waterfront access, from non frontage parcels of land, and other related provisions. The waterfront access regulations do not apply to existing actual access occurring from non frontage lands, where the existing access is occurring at the effective date of the amending ordinance, from the non frontage lands that are platted or otherwise on record as of the effective date of the amendment.
  4. Effective Date. The Zoning Ordinance amendment is effective August 5, 1997. A copy of the Zoning Ordinance amendment may be inspected or purchased by telephoning the Township Clerk, at 636-8570, so as to arrange a time for such purpose, or from the Township Hall, during Township office hours.

Date: July 22, 1997 TOWNSHIP BOARD
OF THE TOWNSHIP OF PIERSON

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