Land use planning plays a vital role in Bath Township, as it serves as the basis for implementing policies and regulations in order to guide and control development. The Planning Department’s responsibilities include developing and implementing the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance to apply public policy to future land use and enforce development standards.

The Planning Department then provides recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of Trustees to help carry out strategic land use and planning decisions in the Township. The Department also oversees processing applications for site plans and provides guidance to residents and developers.

The Comprehensive Development Plan lays out long-range land use policies that aid in guiding and controlling development in the Township. The Zoning Ordinance is intrinsically linked to the Comprehensive Plan as it contains regulations to enforce the goals, policies and objectives of the plan. The Township is split into seven zoning districts: Public Lands or Open Space, Development, High Density Residential, High Density Development, Low Density Residential, Medium Density Residential and Rural. Within each of these zoning districts are regulations for appropriate uses, size of the land and structures, setbacks, buffers, etc.

View Bath Township Zoning Map

View Bath Township’s Zoning Ordinance

Bath Township Comprehensive Plan

Capital Improvements Planning

The Michigan Planning Enabling Act (Act 33 of 2008) states that Township Planning Commissions that operate water or sewer systems “shall annually prepare a capital improvements program of public structures and improvements” which support the adopted Comprehensive Development Plan.

A capital improvements plan is a blueprint for planning a community’s capital expenditures. It coordinates community planning, financial capacity, and physical development. The plan is composed of two parts, a capital budget and a capital program. The capital budget is the upcoming year’s spending for capital projects, while the capital improvements program is a plan for capital expenditures that extends five years beyond the capital budget (six year total).

Projects included cost in excess of $30,000, and cover public investments which result in the creation of a fixed asset (parks, government facilities, expansion of public water/sewer, etc.), rather than requests which could be associated with maintenance of existing assets.

2017 Capital Improvements Plan
Presented to Board of Trustees on August 21, 2017

Planning Department

Brian Shorkey, Director
Email: bshorkey@bathtownship.us

Maggie Barringer, Assistant
Email: mbarringer@bathtownship.us

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Bath Charter Township
14480 Webster Road
P.O. Box 247
Bath, Michigan 48808

Phone: (517) 641-6728

Fax: (517) 641-4170