Township Manager Bill Cargo said homeowners who want to make improvements to their cottages and homes face issues if the property is no longer conforming to today's building rules.
“We have a lot of cottages that have been here for more than 100 years,” he said.
The proposed new ordinance would require that the lot on which a nonconforming building is located must be unable to meet area and width requirements of the particular zoning district.
“Hopefully, we will be able to reduce the amount of the Zoning Board of Appeals requests that they have,” Cargo said.
The proposed ordinance change also states that after reconstruction or a remodeling project, the nonconforming structure cannot violate the township’s zoning ordinance to a greater extent than it did prior to the work.
“We’re making it clear that it is adding to the life of the nonconforming structure,” Cargo explained.
Township Supervisor Karl French said the Township Board would look at the proposed ordinance for a second reading before it is adopted.
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