Welcome To Grass Lake Charter Township!

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Grass Lake Charter Township

Grass Lake is Jackson county's fastest growing community. Located between the cities of Ann Arbor and Jackson, Michigan, it is strategically placed with easy access to the Detroit area businesses and Metropolitan airport, the University of Michigan, Michigan State university, Spring Arbor University and several other colleges and community colleges. Nearby are numerous golf courses, Michigan International Speedway and hospitals and health care centers. Grass Lake is home of the Michigan Center for the Photographic Arts and is designated as a "Cool City Neighborhood." Township residents live amidst farmlands, woodlands and lakes, thus making it a desirable community to raise a family or enjoy life in a rural setting.  Recently, the township has experienced a rapid growth of residential developments.  It recently completed the building of a new high school facility with state of the art classrooms and technology, along with an entire new athletic complex to support the influx of new families.

Buildings

   
Township Hall

The township hall houses all department staff, except for the fire department. It is located at 373 Lakeside Drive, a street running along the south end of the lake. 
 
Township Fire Station

The fire station is centrally located within the township. It is  a state of the art facility for providing excellent fire/rescue services for township residents and businesses. The department has a well trained staff of paid on-call firefighters. The fire department is headed by Fire Chief, Greg Jones
 
Grass Lake Community Sports & Trails Park

The Community Sports & Trails Park located on Willis Rd is home to the American Youth Soccer Organization and the Grass Lake Summer Youth League baseball. The park contains numerous soccer fields, baseball and softball fields as well as walking trails. 

 


Grass Lake Charter Township

373 Lakeside Dr.    P.O. BOX 216

Grass Lake, MI 49240

517.522.8464 - phone   517.522.4955 - fax

Hours: Monday ~ Thursday 8:00am ~ 4:30pm

TOWNSHIP OFFICE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Grass Lake Charter Township is open to the public and resumed regular business hours.  In keeping with Governor Whitmer's Executive Order, and for the safety of our staff and residents, please follow all safety and social distancing guidelines that have been put in place while doing business at the Township Office.  

As always a drop box is available if you need to drop off:

a payment for a sewer bill,

an application for building permit,

an absent voter application or ballot,

any papers for the assessor

Any questions please contact:

John Lesinski – johnl@grasslakect.com, 517-522-8464 x 124

Tom Loveland – toml@grasslakect.com, 517-522-8464 x 134

Cathy Zenz – cathyz@grasslakect.com, 517-522-8464 x 121

Diane DeBoe – ddeboe@grasslakect.com, 517-522-8464 x 128

 

All public Township meetings (Township Board, Planning Commission, ZBA) will continue to be held as Zoom meetings.

 

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Michigan Hydroplane Racing Association

boat races on Grass Lake

 

Dates: August 7-8 Time: 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.*

at Jackson County Park – Grass Lake

 

*Races can end earlier or potentially go a little later depending on

factors beyond the race committee’s control.

 

      Pit / Park Access:

1) Spectators are allowed in the park, but not in the water while race boats are on the water.  

2) Spectators are allowed and welcomed in the pits and can be near the boats as long as they sign a liability waiver.

 

              Ramp will be closed during the races unless there is an emergency situation warranting its use.

 

     Thank you for your support, MHRA


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Grass Lake Township Master Plan Survey

 

The Grass Lake Township Master Plan is currently under development by the Planning Commission. A Master Plan is a document – created with community input – that guides the development of our community. Understanding the opinions, wants, and needs of people, who live, work, own property, and/or own a business in the Township is the first step in the Master Plan process. Please take the opportunity to complete and return this survey so that we can make Grass Lake Township a better place to live and do business. It should take less than 10 minutes to answer the questions. All responses will be kept confidential – a signature is not required. The survey can be complete by clicking on the link below or by returning a paper copy in person (available at the Township Hall) 373 Lakeside Dr or U.S. Mail (P.O. Box 216). Please provide your response by July 31, 2021. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please call the Township Hall at (517) 522-8464 ext. 130. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance. Your opinion matters!

 

                                      The link to the Survey Monkey Master Plan Survey -- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RHC2MM8


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Grass Lake Charter Township

2021 July Board of Review Meeting

  

The 2021 July Board of Review will be convened by the Assessing Officer on Tuesday, July 20, at 8:30 am at the

Grass Lake Charter Township Office, 373 Lakeside Dr  Grass Lake Mi 49240. 

 

The authority of the July Board of Review is limited under MCL 211.53b to correcting defined Qualified Errors, and to consider appeals related to the Principal Residence Exemption, Qualified Agricultural Exemption, Taxable Value Uncapping, the Qualified Start-up Business Exemption, the Disabled Veteran’s Exemption and the Poverty Exemption.

 

             MCL 211.53b

                     The Tuesday following the second Monday in December a special meeting of the December Board of Review may be convened by the

                     assessing officer to correct a mutual mistake of fact or clerical error. 

 

             MCL 211.78cc (13) and 211.7ee (6).

                    An owner of property that is a "homestead" or is "qualified agricultural" property on June 1 may appeal to the December Board of

                   Review for the current year and the immediately preceding 3 years if the exemption was not on the tax roll. 

 

              PA 74 of 1995 authorizes July (and December) Board(s) of Review to hear appeals for poverty exemptions, but not for poverty

                      exemptions denied by the March Board of Review.  Applies to current year only (MCL 211.7u).  (STC Bulletin No. 15/1995.)

  

John M. Lesinski

GRASS LAKE CHARTER TOWNSHIP

Township Supervisor

373 Lakeside Drive

Grass Lake, MI 49240

Phone: 517.522.8437 ext. 124

Fax: 517.522.4955

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Public Notice

 

                               NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Grass Lake Charter Township Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing at the Grass Lake Charter

Township Hall, 373 Lakeside Drive on August 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The request for a variance is being made by Todd McDonald, 229 Highland Dr. Jackson Mi. 49201.

The request is to demo the existing home and build a new home in its place. The request would require variances to the front yard setback, the back yard setback

and both side yard setbacks. The overall lot coverage would need a variance to the requirements also.  The setbacks would be less than allowed by ordinance

and the total lot coverage would exceed the allowed amount per Section 7.04 District Requirements.

The property is zoned R-2 (Residential) and the parcel #000-15-19-130-043-01.

 

The property and request are more particularly described and on exhibit at the Grass Lake Charter Township Office and on the township’s website.  

 

Written comments concerning the variance may be sent to the Grass Lake Charter Township Zoning Board of Appeals, 373 Lakes Dr. PO Box 216, Grass Lake, MI  49240 any time before the hearing date.  The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a regular meeting immediately after the public hearing. The meeting will be on Zoom also, the link is available on the township website for the ZBA’s August 12, 2021 meeting.

 

Doug Lammers, Zoning Administrator

Frank Seaburg, Chairperson of the Zoning Board of Appeals





PUBLIC NOTICE

 

Notice is hereby given that the Grass Lake Charter Township Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing at the Grass Lake Charter Township Hall, 373 Lakeside Drive, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to consider a Special Land Use request with a Site Plan Review by Dale Fisher and Matt Fisher. The request is for a banquet hall, art gallery and wedding venue on a 12.939 acre parcel at 1916 Norvell Rd. The parcel #000-15-04-400-002-04 and is zoned Ag. (Agriculture).  

 

 

Written comments concerning the request and may be sent to Grass Lake Charter Township Planning Commission, 373 Lakeside Drive, P.O. Box 216, Grass Lake, MI  49240 any time before the hearing. The application is on exhibit at the Township Office and is available to see on the Township’s web page. Grass Lake Charter Township office is open Monday thru Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

Doug Lammers, Zoning Administrator

Jere Hinkle Chairman, Grass Lake Charter Township Planning Commission

                            

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ORDINANCE REGULATING MEDICAL MARIHUANA, RECREATIONAL

MARIHUANA, AND PRIMARY CAREGIVERS

 

NOTICE OF FINAL ADOPTION

 

GRASS LAKE CHARTER TOWNSHIP, JACKSON COUNTY

 

The Grass Lake Charter Township Board adopted a police power ordinance titled "Grass Lake Charter Township Ordinance Regulating Medical Marihuana, Recreational Marihuana, and Primary Caregivers" (PPO-13) at a meeting held on June 8, 2021. This ordinance, among other things, regulates marihuana activities in the Township consistent with state law and requires those who operate Primary Caregiver Operations to obtain a permit.

 

The ordinance contains the following sections and catch-lines: (1) Section1: Title: (2) Section 2: Definitions; (3) Prohibition of Unlawful Marihuana Activities; (4) Section 4: Primary Caregiver Assisting Others Qualifying Patients; Permit Required; Exception; (5) Section 5: Primary Caregiver Operations Regulations; (6) Section 6: Generally Applicable Marihuana Regulations; (7) Section 7: Violations and Penalties; (8) Section 8: Severability; (9) Section 9: Repeal; (10) Section 10: Effective Date, which is 30 days from a publication of a final notice of adoption; and (11) Section 11: Saving Clause. A copy of the ordinance may be obtained or inspected at the Township hall located at

373 Lakeside Drive, Grass Lake, MI 49240 or by clicking on the link below.
Click here for the 2nd Reading & Adoption - Marihuana Ordinance

 

Published by Order of the Township Board

Grass Lake Charter Township, Jackson County

Catherine Zenz, Township Clerk (517) 522-8464

 

Publication Date June 15, 2021

  

 

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MEETING  NOTICES


 

 

Regular Monthly Meeting

August 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

will be held on zoom: http://bit.ly/3qcdol6  

or Dial in: (646) 558 8656     Meeting ID: 914 4872 6712     Passcode 010728


Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

“if there is a meeting” it will be on this date: August 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

will be held on zoom: https://zoom.us/j/5702792831  

or Dial in: (646) 558 8656     Meeting ID: 570 279 2831 Passcode: 010729


 

Planning Commission Meeting

 

“if there is a meeting” it will be on this date: August 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

will be held on zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/95279774805

or Dial in: (646) 558 8656     Meeting ID: 952 7977 4805 Passcode: 401752

 

 

Work Session Meeting

August 24, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

will be held on zoom: https://zoom.us/j/5702792831

or Dial in: (646) 558-8656     Meeting ID: 570 279 2831  Passcode: 010729





 




                                                                                    Grass Lake Seniors

 

                                                            Join by Zoom https://zoom.us/j/95488332837

 

                                                              Meeting ID: 954 8833 2837    Passcode: 677506

 

                                                                                 Dial: (646) 558 8656

Officials

 Supervisor John Lesinski
Clerk Cathy Zenz Treasurer Tom Loveland
Trustees: Scott Bray, Tom Brennan,  Barry Butterfield  & Tina Bednarski-Lynch