Public Notice: Independence Township, amendment to zoning ordinance, conformity to approved plan required, review expiration procedures

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that at a regular meeting of the Charter Township of Independence Board of Trustees held on October 24, 2023, the Township Board approved the Second Reading and Adoption of the amendment to the Zoning Ordinance Chapter 50, Article 6, Section 6.08(C), Conformity to Approved Plan Required and Article 7, Section 7.03(E), Review Procedures – Expiration, as presented.

A true copy of the text amendments is on file in the Planning & Zoning Department office and the Township’s Clerk’s office and may be examined during normal business hours, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.




ORDINANCE NO. 2023-50-003


(Text Amendments to Zoning Ordinance)

Revise Section 6.08 Conformity to Approved Plan Required, subsection C. as follows:

C. Final site plan approval is valid for a period of one (1) year from the date of Planning Commission action, within which time all necessary building or construction permits shall be secured and construction substantially commenced. The Planning Commission may grant not more than three (3) extensions on site plan approval for up to one (1) year per extension. All requests for extensions shall be made in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to expiration and include a statement of why the extension is necessary and confirmation of ability to complete construction in conformity with the site plan as approved.

Revise Section 7.03 Review Procedures, subsection E. Expiration as follows:

E. Expiration. The special land use permit will expire one (1) year from the date of special use approval by the Planning Commission if the special land use is not established or the site work is not completed. The applicant may request a one (1) year extension from the Planning Commission, provided a written request is received before the expiration date, and that the special land use complies with the current requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, including any amendments, and the following conditions are satisfied:

1. The applicant is diligently pursuing site and construction plan approval.

2. The applicant is diligently pursuing a certificate of zoning compliance through completion of site improvements.

3. The applicant holds a valid building permit for the principal buildings associated with the approved use.

4. The Planning Commission may grant not more than two (2) extensions on special approval for up to one (1) year per extension, provided that the same extension is granted approval in accordance with Section 6.08.C.


By: Cari J. Neubeck, Clerk

Introduced: August 22, 2023
Published: September 6, 2023 – Clarkston News
Adopted: October 24, 2023
Published: November 8, 2023 – Clarkston News
Effective: November 16, 2023

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