2017-02-09 / Life in Leelanau

Township seeks to reduce zoning setbacks in agricultural district

The Leelanau Township Planning Commission has set a public hearing on a proposal to reduce setbacks for unoccupied accessory buildings in its agricultural district.

If approved, the amendment would change rear and side setbacks to 20 feet for buildings less than 35 feet in height. Setbacks are currently set at 40 feet.

Township zoning administrator Steve Patmore said the proposed setbacks would bring Leelanau Township more in line with other townships. Both Bingham and Suttons Bay townships allow 10-foot setbacks for unoccupied accessory buildings, he said.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Leelanau Township Hall in Northport.

The proposed amendment may be reviewed at the Leelanau Township offices. Questions should be directed to Patmore at 386-5138, ext. 4.

Written comments will also be taken up until the time of the hearing, in person or by mail to Leelanau Township Planning Commission, P.O. Box 338, 119 E. Nagonaba St., Northport, MI 49670.

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