On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, the Township Board approved ordinances that opted into the medical marihuana facilities. Medical marihuana growing facilities are now allowed in the Development zoning district as a special land use. Medical marihuana processing and safety compliance facilities are allowed as special land uses in the Development and High Density Development zoning districts.

Medical marihuana facilities are not allowed within 1,000 feet of schools, licensed daycares, or Webster Road. Medical Marihuana Facility Location Map with Buffer Zones (Image)

Also, please note: The Township has NOT opted into provisioning centers or transportation facilities and has opted OUT of all recreational marihuana establishments.

ORDINANCE NO. 31.61

An Ordinance to amend the Bath Charter Township Zoning Ordinance, as amended, to provide for the zoning regulation of Commercial Medical Marihuana Facilities and Primary Caregiver Operations; and  designate such Facilities and Operations as special uses; in order to maintain the public health, safety and welfare of the residents and visitors to Bath Township.

ORDINANCE NO. 68

An Ordinance to implement the provisions of the Michigan Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, Public Act 281 of 2016, which authorizes the licensing and regulation of Commercial Medical Marihuana Facilities and affords the Township the option whether or not to allow Commercial Medical Marihuana Facilities; to regulate Commercial Medical Marihuana Facilities by requiring a Permit and compliance with requirements as provided in this Ordinance, in order to maintain the public health, safety and welfare of the residents and visitors to the Township.

2019 – 2024 Capital Improvement Plan

The Planning Commission is launching the annual update of the Township’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). As always, the first step in the process is the call for projects.

The approach to this process is to solicit proposals through an open call for projects. It is the expectation that the proposals received will identify long-range investment priorities throughout the six-year planning period. When submitting CIP proposals, the Planning Commission recommends identifying these investments as early as practical in order to distribute the anticipated financial commitment over the six-year outlook of the CIP. The Planning Commission requests that each Capital Project request to be referenced in one of Bath Township’s formally-adopted plans and priority may be given to requests that come from adopted plans.

For organizations and individuals not affiliated with Bath Township seeking to submit a project for CIP consideration, a proposal should be submitted through an appropriate Township entity to be considered for inclusion in their planning documents. All projects submitted in this manner will be held to the same expectations for project completeness.

Finally, the Planning Commission has modified its CIP schedule to provide additional time to review projects. If you want to discuss your project with Staff, appointments may be made throughout the submission window, which will open on Wednesday, February 13th and end on Wednesday, March 20th. To schedule an appointment to discuss project proposals with the Planning Department, please contact Brian Shorkey by email at bshorkey@bathtownship.us or by phone at 517-641-5166.

Below there are additional materials to assist in assembling an application for the 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Plan.

2019 Capital Improvement Plan Timeline, Definitions & Criteria

Capital Project Application

Capital Improvements Planning

The Michigan Planning Enabling Act stipulates that Planning Commissions in Townships which operate public 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 budgeting tool for planning a community’s capital expenditures. This tool is intended to coordinate community planning efforts, 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. The capital improvements program is a plan for capital expenditures that extends five years beyond the capital budget.

Capital improvement projects are currently defined as permanent, physical or system improvements that cost at least $20,000, or significant equipment purchases in excess of $20,000 and add value to the township. Examples of capital improvement projects are parks, government facilities, roads, and sewers.

2018-2023 Capital Improvement Plan
For Public Hearing at Planning Commission on September 11, 2018

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

Non-motorized Plan 2017

Approved by the Board of Trustees April 16, 2018

Planning Department

Brian Shorkey, Director
Email: bshorkey@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

View Bath Township Zoning Map

Bath Township Zoning Permit

View Bath Township’s Zoning Ordinance

Bath Township Master Plan

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.