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Third Thursday
at 7:00pm

Planning Commission
Second Tuesday
at 7:30pm

Zoning Board
of Appeals

Fourth Wednesday
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Olive Township
6480 136th Avenue Holland MI 49424

Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:00 - 4:00

Phone:
616-786-9996
Fax:
616-786-3133

Planning & Zoning

Thank you for visiting the Planning & Zoning Department portion of the township website. Below you will find links to a number of resources as well as an explanation of our Purpose, applications and department functions. Further below you will find answers to our frequently asked questions.

Planning & Zoning Public Education Portfolio* - This document contains real-life photographs, accounts of actual incidents and factual studies that illustrate the intent and purpose of township (or city and village) regulations.

*The scenarios presented in this document do not necessarily represent a regulation in Olive Township.

US-31 Architectural Overlay Distirct Design Manual - This design manual serves as an informational guide regarding the provisions of the US-31 Architectural Overlay District. The purpose of this District is to provide for minimum architectural design of commercial and industrial buildings and structures located along US-31.

Master Plan and Ordinances

Permits
Olive Township requires a permit to obtained prior to the construction of any structure, building, fence or any other activity that will affect the landscape of the Township. Contact the building department to make sure you have the appropriate permits in place before beginning any construction.

Purpose
The Planning & Zoning Department serves to ensure the implementation and integrity of all Township ordinances. Uses or improvements on residential, business, industrial or recreational properties generally need review and approval by the Planning and Zoning Department. Prior to considering a new use or improvement on your property you should check with the Planning and Zoning Department to make sure you if you need review and approval.

Applications
Various applications require review by different boards and commissions of the Township. These applications are available in the Services – General Information page of this website. Almost all development applications require review by both the Planning Commission and the Board of Trustees. Applications considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals include dimensional and use variance applications (collectively referred to as the Zoning Board of Appeals application.) as well as applications to appeal an administrative decision.

Planning Commission
As the advisory body to the Board of Trustees and composed of five members, which include a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and two Commissioners, the Planning Commission serves as the review and advisory board, which provides recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding various Township initiatives and the consideration of the following applications.

Applications: Map and Text Amendment ° Special Use ° Site Plan Review ° Planned Unit Development

Should you desire to submit an application that requires review by the Planning Commission, the meeting frequency and submission schedule are as follows: Meetings are held the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month. Submission of application is necessary at least 30 days prior to the meeting at which you desire it to be considered. Please contact the Township Hall to verify all meeting dates as they are subject to change.

Zoning Board of Appeals
As the judiciary body of the Township composed of five members, which include a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary and two members, the Zoning Board of Appeals serve to consider the following applications, which are sought when appealing an administrative decision or seeking relief from a zoning ordinance provision. Their decision is final and cannot be considered by any other board or commission of the Township. Their decision may only be appealed to the Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Applications: Dimensional and Use Variance
Should you desire to submit an application that requires review by the Zoning Board of Appeals, the meeting frequency and submission schedule are as follows: Meetings are held the fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month, as business is presented. Submission of application is necessary at least 30 days prior to the meeting at which you desire it to be considered. Please contact the Township Hall to verify all meeting dates as they are subject to change.

Questions?
If you have any questions, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, as you will find answers to many of the common questions we receive. If you have further questions or need assistance with completing any of these documents, please feel free to contact the Planning and Zoning Department anytime.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You will find answers to numerous frequently asked questions within this page. These answers provide information regarding frequent questions and should not be considered a complete illustration of all of the requirements that may apply nor does this page necessarily provide all specifics related to building and zoning. If you do not find your answer, or require further information, please contact the Building Department or Planning and Zoning Department anytime.

Building Department FAQs

Q - When do I need a building permit?

A - Building permits are necessary for any new construction, including but not limited to, new housing, pole barns, sheds, lean-tos, garages, decks, pools and fences. Other improvements that require a building permit include alterations or additions. If you remain unsure about whether or not you need a permit, contact the building department.

Q - What type of house can I build?

A - Every house in the Township must be of a minimum square footage of 960 with at least 700 feet on the main floor for a two-story dwelling. In addition, the house (not including a garage) must have a minimum width across any front, side or rear elevation of 22 feet. Roof trusses must be a minimum pitch of 4:12. In addition, every single family dwelling located in the township outside of a mobile home park must be constructed with an attached garage of at least 600 square feet in area. Finally, all residential construction must be in accordance with the Michigan Residential Building Code or the Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations.

Q - What amount of support do my trusses need to have?

A - The snow load in Olive Township is 50 pounds. Truss documents are required for all permits that are using trusses for part of their roof construction.

Q - What type of footings can I use?

A - Foundations vary from the type and size of the building being constructed. Check with the Building Official regarding the type of foundation that may be correct for the use.

Q - Can I dig a pond for backfill for my house?

A - Refer to the Zoning Department FAQs below.

Q - What are the requirements for egress windows?

A - Egress windows on the ground floor must provide at least five (5) square feet of net clear opening when fully open. Egress windows on the second floor must provide at least 5.7 square feet of net clear opening fully open. Any egress window must provide a minimum size of 24 inches in height and a minimum of 20 inches in width when fully opened. Height from the floor to the sill cannot exceed 44 inches.

Q - What types of handrails and guardrails are necessary on steps or decks?

A - Type I or Type II handrails are required and stairs with 4 or more risers. Handrails must measure between 34 inches and 38 inches from the plain of the toes. Guardrails are required on decks that are over 30 inches from the finish grade to the walking surface of the deck. Guardrails must be 36 inches in height with openings not to exceed four (4) inches.

Q - What size must I build my steps?

A - Riser heights cannot exceed 8 1/4 (eight and one-quarter) inches and the tread must be a minimum of 9 inches. Nosing must be 3/4 inch to 1 1/4 inch. A nosing is not required on treads with an 11 inch tread or more.

Q - How must I secure a swimming pool?

A - Above ground swimming pools must have a minimum of 48 inches from the ground to the top of the pool. A removable ladder or a ladder that can be flipped up and locked may be used. In-ground swimming pools must have a four (4) foot minimum barrier surrounding the perimeter of the pool and have a gate that is self-closing and self-locking and must swing away from the pool. If the home is used as part of the barrier, all doors that lead to the pool enclosure area must have an alarm on them. The alarm must be loud enough that you will hear it from ay where in the home.

Q - What are my setbacks?

A - Refer to the Zoning Department FAQs below.

Q - What are the size regulations for pole barns, sheds, lean-tos or unattached garages?

A - Refer to the Zoning Department FAQs below.

Zoning Department FAQs

Q - In what zoning district is my property located?

A - The majority of lots in Olive Township are located in the RR - Rural Residential Zoning District or the AG - Agricultural Zoning District. You can reference the Zoning Map available in the Ordinances page of this website. If you are unsure after viewing this map, contact the Planning and Zoning Department to make sure exactly in what district your property resides.

Q - How do I split my property?

A - You need to speak with the Planning and Zoning Department to make sure you have splits available to you under the Land Division Act of the State of Michigan. Following, if splits are available, you must maintain the lot width and sizes above.

Q - Can I build a private road?

A - Private roads are permitted, however, they must be constructed to our minimum pavement requirements.

Q - What are my property line setbacks, minimum lot area and minimum lot width requirements?

A – Setbacks, lot widths and area vary by zoning district. The most commonly requested are described in the table, found here.

Q - How large of a pole barn, lean-to, shed or unattached garage can I build? Where on my property can I build the pole barn, lean-to, shed or unattached garage?

A - These buildings are commonly referred to as “accessory buildings.” Their size and location depends on your acreage. Below is Section 21.04 – Accessory Building Provisions from the Zoning Ordinance.

Section 21.04 - Accessory Building Provisions
A. Accessory buildings, except as otherwise permitted in this Ordinance when located upon a lot or parcel of property less than five (5) acres in area, shall be subject to the following regulations:

1. Where the accessory building is structurally attached to a main building, it shall be subject to, and must conform to, all regulations of this ordinance applicable to the main building.

2. Accessory buildings shall not be erected in any front or side yard, or a required rear yard.

3. An accessory building shall not exceed more than twenty-five (25%) percent of a required rear yard, or forty (40%) percent of any non-required rear yard.

4. The total floor area of an accessory building shall not exceed fifty (50%) percent of the living area of the principal dwelling on lots up to one (1) acre. Lots exceeding one (1) acre may have accessory buildings up to a maximum of fifty (50%) percent of the living area of the principal dwelling or three (3%) percent of the lot size, whichever is greater. These requirements are subject to lot coverage restrictions as specified in each Zoning District.

5. No detached accessory building shall be located closer than twenty five (25) feet to any main or principal building nor shall it be located closer than fifteen (15) feet to any rear lot line. In no instance shall an accessory building be located within an easement or right-of-way.
B. Accessory buildings, except as otherwise permitted in this Ordinance when located upon a lot or parcel of property five (5) acres or greater in area, shall be subject to the following regulations:

1. Where the accessory building is structurally attached to a main building, it shall be subject to, and must conform to, all regulations of this ordinance applicable to the main building.

2. Accessory buildings shall not be erected in any required minimum front, side, or rear yard and shall not be located within that portion of a yard that lies between a public or private road right-of-way or easement and a main or principal building.

3. An accessory building shall not exceed more than twenty-five (25%) percent of a required rear yard, or forty (40%) percent of any non-required rear yard.

4. Lots may have accessory buildings up to a maximum of three (3%) percent of the lot size. This requirement is subject to lot coverage restrictions in each Zoning District.

5. No detached accessory building shall be located closer than twenty five (25) feet to any main or principal building. In no instance shall an accessory building be located within an easement or right-of-way.

Q - Can I have horses on my property?

A - Yes, but you must have enough acreage. For horses, sheep, cows, chickens, ducks. hogs and the like that are kept as pets or used for 4H, the maximum amounts are provided below.

One (1) animal for the first 2.5 acres.

One (1) animal for each acre after, with a maximum of four (4) animals.

Q - Can I dig a pond on my property?

A - Yes, however, you must receive approval from the Planning and Zoning Department. An application is available on the Services – General Information page of this website.

Q - Can I operate a business out of my house?

A - Yes, however, home occupations are only permitted if in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance. If you have an interest in a home occupation, contact the Planning and Zoning Department to determine if the proposed home occupation would be compliant with the Zoning Ordinance and if it can be approved by staff or requires a special use permit from the Township Board of Trustees.

Q - How do I start a business that is not a home occupation?

A - Businesses must be placed in the correct zoning district and must receive recommendation by the Planning Commission and ultimate approval by the Board of Trustees. Please contact the Planning and Zoning Department for specific information.

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

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