TOWNSHIP OFFICE NOTICE

NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMISSION HEARING TO BE HELD ELECTRONICALLY, TUESDAY, MARCH 2, 2021 AT 7:00 P.M. - Monday, March 1, 2021

Please take notice that a meeting of the Planning Commission of Columbia Township will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7 p.m. by electronic remote access.

Electronic remote access, in accordance with the amended Open Meetings Act, will be implemented in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. The public may participate in the hearing through Zoom access by computer and smart phone using the following link:

Topic: Planning Commission

Time: Mar 2, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Re:      QUARTERLY MEETING

Members of the public will only be able to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting. To provide for orderly public participation, a person wishing to speak must state their name and request to be recognized by the Chair of the Planning Commission. The Chair will recognize all persons wishing to speak during public comment. If, prior to the hearing, members of the public have certain questions or wish to provide input on any business that will be addressed at the meeting then such persons may contact the Township Planning Commission by mail at 8500 Jefferson Road, Brooklyn, MI 49230 or by contacting Zoning Administrator Rick Church at (517) 592-2000, ext. 251 or by email at rchurch@twp.columbia.mi.us (The Township will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities for the meeting upon advance notice by contacting Clerk Marsh at (517) 592-2000, ext. 230 or by email at bmarsh@twp.columbia.mi.us)

 

 

NOTICE OF BOARD OF REVIEW MEETING TO BE HELD ELECTRONICALLY, MARCH 2020 - Tuesday, February 23, 2021

2021 Board of Review will be held via Zoom this year.  For more information click here.

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NOTICE OF REGULAR TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ELECTRONICALLY - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021 - Saturday, February 13, 2021

Please take notice that a Regular meeting of the Columbia Township Board will be held on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. by electronic remote access.

Electronic remote access, in accordance with the amended Open Meetings Act, will be implemented in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. The public may participate in the meeting through Zoom access by computer and smart phone using the following link:

            Topic: Township Monthly meeting - February 15, 2021

            Time: Feb 15, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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            Passcode: 230569

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Members of the public will only be able to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting and such comment will be limited to three minutes per person. To provide for orderly public participation, a person wishing to speak must state their name and request to be recognized by the Chair of the meeting. The Chair will recognize all persons wishing to speak during public comment. If, prior to the meeting, members of the public have certain questions or wish to provide input on any business that will be addressed at the meeting then such persons may contact the Township Board members through Barry Marsh, Township Clerk, by email to bmarsh@twp.columbia.mi.us, or by mail at 8500 Jefferson Road, Brooklyn, MI 49230. A copy of the meeting material may be found on the link on the Township’s homepage at www.twp.columbia.mi.us.

The Township will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities at the meeting upon 72-hour advance notice by contacting Barry Marsh, Township Clerk, by email, phone, or mail at the address listed below.

                                                                                    Barry Marsh, Township Clerk

8500 Jefferson Road

Brooklyn, MI 49230
Phone (517) 592-2000, Ext 230

Email: bmarsh@twp.columbia.mi.us

 

Notice of Columbia Township Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting to be Held Electronically, Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. - Thursday, February 11, 2021

Please take notice that a meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals for Columbia Township will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7 p.m. by electronic remote access.

Electronic remote access, in accordance with the amended Open Meetings Act, will be implemented in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. The public may participate in the hearing through Zoom access by computer and smart phone using the following link:

Topic: Zoning Board of Appeals

Time: Feb 11, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 874 6077 8826

Passcode: 179391

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Re:      1) Request for a Variance to construct a new cottage a distance of 13’ to front property line, 5’ to

    the side property line and 16’ to the rear property line on property known as 380 Sandy Beach

                Drive, Clark Lake, MI 49234.     ADP# 000-19-20-202-017-01

The Columbia Township Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map, and the variance(s) documentation, may be examined by contacting the Zoning Administrator at the address and phone number stated below, during regular business hours on regular business days maintained by the Township offices.

Written comments regarding the above-referenced matters may be submitted at the Township Hall prior to the hearing/meeting at 8500 Jefferson Road, Brooklyn, MI 49230 or by contacting Zoning Administrator Rick Church at (517) 592-2000, ext. 251 or by email at rchurch@twp.columbia.mi.us.

Members of the public will only be able to speak during the public comment portion of the meeting. To provide for orderly public participation, a person wishing to speak must state their name and request to be recognized by the Chair of the Board. The Chair will recognize all persons wishing to speak during public comment. The Township will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities for the meeting upon advance notice by contacting Clerk Marsh at (517) 592-2000, ext. 230 or by email at bmarsh@twp.columbia.mi.us)

 

 

NEW TOWNSHIP OFFICE HOURS STARTING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 - Tuesday, November 17, 2020

BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, THE TOWNSHIP LOBBY WILL BE CLOSED FOR WALK-IN BUSINESS.  FOR ALL PAYMENTS - PLEASE USE OUR DROPBOX AT THE END OF THE DRIVEWAY.  APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE BUT EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO LIMIT IN PERSON CONTACT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  SOMEONE WILL BE IN OUR OFFICE MONDAY - THURSDAY FROM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND PATIENCE DURING THIS TIME.  OUR MAIN PHONE NUMBER IS (517) 592-2000. 

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT LOBBY IS CLOSED TO WALK-IN BUSINESS AT THIS TIME, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE DIAL 911.

THERE WILL BE NO BREATH TESTS OR FINGERPRINTING DONE AT THIS TIME AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS & BUSINESS OWNERS - Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Columbia Township Residents/ Business Owners,

At the May 18, 2020, Board of Trustees meeting, our Board voted unanimously to adopt Resolution 2020-0518 in disagreement with the Governor of the State of Michigan and the mandated closing of small businesses while large corporate businesses continue trade and commerce with only minor restrictions.

We recognize that Township authority does not circumvent State authority, we passed this resolution to stand in support of our residents and Business community.

We must adhere to Michigan law, but we are forwarding the duly adopted resolution to our State elected representatives for relief to our businesses.

Robert M. Elrod, Supervisor

Columbia Township

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Zoning Ordinance Information
Office Hours & Location
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 5:00pm 
Closed Fridays
Phone: (517) 592-2000
Fax: (517) 592-8115
Police Dept. Phone: (517) 592-3122
              Fire Dept. Phone: (517) 592-8654      
Our Mailing Address is:
8500 Jefferson Road
Brooklyn, MI  49230

Please Note:  The Assessing Department is conducting field inspections of property in Columbia Township.  These field inspections are required by the State of Michigan.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Assessing Department at (517) 592-2000.

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Zoning Board of Appeals Members Wanted - Columbia Township is currently seeking applicants for two (2) alternate members of the Zoning Board of Appeals.  Applicants must be a Township resident and available for quarterly meetings and meetings as needed.  Members of the ZBA receive a small compensation for each meeting they attend.  Successful candidates will also receive training, paid for by the Township.  Anyone interested in this appointed position should send a letter of interest and a copy of their resume to Columbia Township Supervisor, Robert Elord, at 8500 Jefferson Road, Brooklyn, MI  49230.

Welcome to Columbia Township

 Columbia Township was established in 1838 and at that time included the settlements of Brooklyn, Clarks Lake and Jefferson. The Village of Jefferson, which included a dam, sawmill and grist mill, also served as the Columbia Post Office location. The Township population, at that time, was 1,560. By the turn of the Century, although the mill was still in operation, the township chose not to bring the railroad to Jefferson. The Village of Brooklyn did have rail service and the Village of Jefferson ceased to exist within a few years.

 Clarks Lake, named after the US surveyor who discovered it, was settled in 1833 by George Stranahan who planted the first orchard on the north side of the lake. Clarklake is now the official name of the lake and Post Office located there and is now the site of over 650 homes providing wonderful recreation for many township residents.

 Lake Columbia, a pre-depression project, was delayed until the winter of 1961-1962 when over 840 acres of farmland were flooded along Goose Creek to form the private lake community. There are now over 1,250 homes along 12 miles of shoreline.

 Columbia Township is blessed with an abundance of lakes as one-half of 505 acre Vineyard Lake is also within the Township's borders. The northern portion of Cement City is also within the Township's area, making Columbia one of the few townships with multiple villages (Brooklyn and Cement City). Brooklyn is a hub of activity during the summer with visitors to many of the Township attractions including several races at Michigan International Speedway.

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