Tom Kucera, Zoning Administrator
Phone:(231) 352-9791 (office)
Email: zoning.clt @gmail.com
Office Hours: Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Click here for Forms & Information
Click here for a PDF of the entire Township Zoning Ordinance (ZO)
OR see bottom of this page for breakouts PDF's of each chapter.
For the Township Zoning Map, go to page 307 of the ZO
or see a links at bottom of this page.
For information regarding Short Term Rentals, click here.
CRYSTAL LAKE IS A ZONED TOWNSHIP
"Talk about Byzantine! Try pulling a permit for a flying
buttress in this neighborhood.”
What is Zoning?
As it applies to township zoning, zoning means that all the land encompassed within township boundaries has been divided into different areas, each subject to particular restrictions on development and usage.
How does Crystal Lake Township being zoned affect me and plans for my property?
Any time you are going to "do" something to your property (modify, demolish, build, rebuild or remodel, add on, regrade, change the shoreline, construct a fence, cut down trees on a slope in the watershed, buy a backyard shed, starting business out of your home, and more) you need to consult the township. Specifically, that involves BEFORE GOING ANYWHERE ELSE, talking to our Zoning Administrator (ZA) and/or reading the Zoning Ordinance (ZO).
What is the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act?
The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, MCL 125.3101 et seq. (MZEA), authorizes municipalities to create zoning ordinances that regulate land use within their borders. The MZEA also requires that zoning ordinances create a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for each municipality. Click here to quickly access the ZBA page.
What is a Zoning Administrator (ZA)?
The ZA is hired by the township board and the ZA is responsible for the overall administration and enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance. He/she accepts and reviews zoning permit applications, as well as determines compliance with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance and completeness of the application. For a more complete picture of what being a ZA entails, click on the following for the ZA application information sheet, the ZA job description, the ZA Evaluation form.
Where can I find the Zoning Ordinance (ZO)?
The ZO is available below, separated into sections for better access. It is a lengthy document and may need some expert interpretation, so we highly recommend consult it AND also chat with the ZA. No permits, such as a building permit from the county, can be issued without either complying with the township zoning ordinance or getting confirmation that the ZO does not require a permit in your case, in which the next step can be taken.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Att A & B to Article 27 (XXVII)