Welcome to Peninsula Township
The Old Mission Peninsula is perhaps Michigan's most unique and scenic township. Unlike the typical six-mile by six-mile-square township, the Old Mission Peninsula is finger-like in shape, projecting approximately 16 miles into Grand Traverse Bay. The township varies from one to three miles in width and encompasses approximately 42 miles of Great Lakes shoreline. The 2010 U.S. Census lists a population of 5,433.
Planning Commission - Monday, February 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE AUDIT SERVICES - Click HERE for a copy of the request for proposal. Your proposal must be submitted to Brad Bickle, Peninsula Township Treasurer, no later than Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Please contact Brad Bickle (231) 223-4484 for additional information, or any questions, in regards to the proposal.
Click HERE to view the Peninsula Township Fire Department's DRAFT 2020-2021 Budget.
Peninsula Township Community Survey Results – Full Report
In late 2019, Peninsula Township conducted a survey of township residents. This survey included both a random phone survey of residents and an online version. The random phone survey was aimed provided a random sample of 200 residents. The online survey, with identical questions, was offered to reach all residents and stakeholders. Post cards (about 3,800) were sent to unique residential addresses appearing on the Secretary of State’s qualified voter file were augmented with addresses supplied by the township assessor’s office.
The survey results provide and updated understanding of how residents view important issues facing Peninsula Township. Survey results are already being used to guide steps to update the Township Master Plan. Click HERE for the complete report of survey findings.
DRAFT ORDINANCE - Peninsula Township has prepared a comprehensive update to its zoning ordinance. This update amends the ordinance from cover to cover focusing on user friendliness, organization and clarity. A planning commission committee was formed several years ago work proceeded during many meetings with the help of a planning consultant. Existing zoning requirements are reorganized, zoning terms are more extensively defined, requirements are linked to related material, language is clarified, and additional and improved graphics now better illustrate complicated thoughts. As extensive as this update is however, it does not deal with several involved and complicated planning and zoning issues. For example, topics such as updates to the regulation of wineries, short-term rentals, waterfront access have been set aside for now as we address related regulatory issues.
The planning commission is seeking comments on the current draft provided at the link below. The public is invited to be a partner in the steps going forward to make sure we have a solid document to serve as a solid foundation for future amendments. Formal public hearings will be held as this process moves forward. However, at this point written comments are encouraged by April 6, 2020. Comments can be on any topic or issue and may emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Planning Commission will consider all comments received at its meeting on April 15, 2020, make necessary changes and consider next steps forward.
Click HERE to view the 01-27-20 DRAFT OF THE PENINSULA TOWNSHIP ZONING ORDINANCE
Bluff Road Closure - Click HERE to read the details from the Grand Traverse County Road Commission.
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (formally known as DEQ) is expediting shoreline erosion permits for homes threatened by high lake levels. Click HERE for more details. Be sure to check in with the Peninsula Township Zoning Administrator Christina Deeren (231-223-7318 or email@example.com) to see if you need a land use permit before starting your project. Click HERE to view the Minor Project Categories (MP49, page 37) and revised policy and procedure WRD-008 – Part 353 Activities Not Constituting a Use (#13, page 3), related to the use of sand bags along the Great Lakes and Critical Dune Areas, respectively. Both were revised and issued on November 15, 2019, from this point forward, an EGLE permit is required for the placement of sand bags along the Great Lakes shoreline. The policy and procedure will be posted soon; the Minor Project Categories and a new Frequently Asked Questions document are available online via: www.Michigan.gov/HighWater. Click HERE to November 15, 2019 EGLE press release.
Complete the form below if you would like Peninsula Township's Community Police Officer, Virnell France, to check your property while you are away. Include in the comment box the dates you will be gone and any special instructions. You will receive an email confirmation when your email is received. Please contact Virnell at 231-223-4525 with any questions or concerns.:
Grand Traverse County Household Hazarded Waste 2020 dates:
(Sign up will be available online one month before each event.) Appointments are required.
Donation of Development Rights
The Township's DDR program may be a great option for you! Contact Randy Mielnik, Planner, at 231-223-7314 if you are interested in more information. The application is available HERE
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