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Township allows larger buildings ahead of zoning rewrite

Alexander Sinn • Nov 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Grand Haven Township has approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow larger sizes for accessory buildings, such as detached garages and storage buildings.

The Township Board voted Nov. 7 to increase the minimum allowance for accessory buildings, as proposed by the Planning Commission back on Oct. 22.

The maximum total floor area allowed for accessory buildings on less than one-half acre is now 600 square feet. For one-half acre, but less than two acres, the allowance is 1,000 square feet.

For properties 20 acres or more, the allowance is 4,000 square feet with an additional 2,000 square feet per five acres.

The township is in the midst of a full rewrite of the zoning ordinance to bring it up-to-date with current trends, according to Community Development Director Stacy Fedewa. It will likely take another six months to complete the full ordinance, she said.

The increased size for accessory buildings was adopted early to allow several residents to begin projects this year, she said. Over a dozen residents were waiting for the zoning change, she said, and can begin building before winter conditions become too severe.

“I think it’s a huge benefit to the community, and the extra spaces is needed for many of the residents,” Fedewa said.

To apply for an accessory building, visit this link

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