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Township Board

Formed in 1858, Laketown is a general law township. Its five-member board consists of a supervisor, clerk, treasurer, and two trustees — all elected officials with four-year terms. Laketown Township also has a township manager.

All regular Township Board meetings are at 6:00 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the Laketown Township Office, unless otherwise noted.

All Board workshops are the first Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m.

The Laketown Township Board of Trustees. Front from left: Treasurer Jim Johnson and Supervisor Linda Howell. Back from left: Trustee Patrick Dietrich, Clerk Amber Davis and Trustee Jim Delaney.

Meet the Board

Linda HowellSupervisorlinda@laketowntwp.org
Jim JohnsonTreasurerjim@laketowntwp.orgVisit Treasurer Page
Amber DavisClerkamber@laketowntwp.orgVisit Elections Page
Patrick DietrichTrusteepatrick@laketowntwp.org
Jim DelaneyTrusteejamesd@laketowntwp.orgVisit Zoning Board Tab Above

Ask the Board

Do you have a question for the township board of trustees? Click here or copy TownshipBoard@laketowntwp.org into your own email to send your question. Look here for the answer. We’ll respond as soon as we can but it might take a few days

For a complete list of 2024 meetings, click here.

Meeting and Minutes
2024 Agenda & Minutes

January 3, 2024 – Workshop Agenda / Minutes

January 10, 2024 – Agenda / Minutes

February 7, 2024 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

February 14, 2024 – Agenda / Minutes

2023 Agenda & Minutes

January 4, 2023 – Workshop Agenda / Minutes

January 11, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

February 1, 2023 – Workshop Agenda / Minutes

February 8, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

March 8, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

Budget

Proposed Retail Water Agreement

April 5, 2023 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

April 12, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

May 3, 2023 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

May 10, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

June 7, 2023 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

June 14, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

Road Work Plan

July 5, 2023 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

July 12, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

August 2, 2023 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

August 9, 2023 – Cancelation notice

August 30, 2023 – Special Meeting Notice / Updated Agenda / Minutes

September 6, 2023 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

September 13, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

October 4, 2023 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

October 11, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

November 1, 2023 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

November 8, 2023 — Cancellation Notice

December 6, 2023 — Workshop Notice / Minutes

December 13, 2023 — Agenda / Minutes

2022 Agenda & Minutes

January 5, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

January 10, 2022 – Special Workshop Notice / Minutes

January 12, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

February 2, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes / Cancellation

February 9, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

March 2, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

March 9, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

April 6, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

April 13, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

May 4, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

May 11, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

June 1, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

June 8, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

July 6, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

July 13, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

August 3, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

August 10, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

September 7, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

September 14, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

September 22, 2022 – Special Notice / Minutes

October 5, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

October 12, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

November 2, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

November 9, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

December 7, 2022 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

December 14, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

2021 Agenda & Minutes

January 6, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

January 13, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

February 3, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

February 10, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

March 3, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

March 10, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

April 7, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

April 14, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

May 5, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

May 12, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

June 2, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

June 9, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

July 7, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

July 14, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

August 4, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

August 11, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

September 1, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

September 8, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

October 6, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

October 13, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

November 3, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

November 10, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

November 29, 2021 – Special Workshop Notice / Minutes

December 1, 2021 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

December 8, 2021 – Special Workshop Notice / Minutes

December 8, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

2020 Agenda & Minutes

January 6, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

January 8, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

February 5, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes / Cancellation

February 12, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

March 4, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

March 11, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

April 1, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes / Cancellation

April 8, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

April 29, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

May 6, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes / Cancellation

May 13, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

June 3, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes / Cancellation

June 10, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

July 1, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

July 8, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

August 5, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes / Cancellation

August 12, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

September 2, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

September 9, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

October 7, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes / Cancellation

October 14, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

November 4, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

November 11, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

December 2, 2020 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

December 9, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

2019 Agenda & Minutes

January 2, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

January 3, 2019 – Special Notice / Minutes

January 9, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

February 6, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

February 13, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

March 6, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

March 11, 2019 – Special Notice / Minutes

March 13, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

April 3, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes / Cancellation

April 10, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

April 17, 2019 – Special Notice / Minutes

May 1, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

May 8, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

June 3, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

June 10, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

July 3, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

July 10, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

August 7, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

August 14, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

September 4, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

September 11, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

October 2, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

October 9, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

October 28, 2019 – Special Agenda / Minutes

November 6, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

November 13, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

December 4, 2019 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

December 11, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

2018 Agendas & Minutes

January 3, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

January 10, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

February 7, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes / Cancellation

February 14, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

March 7, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

March 14, 2018 – Agenda / Annual Meeting

March 14, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

April 4, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

April 11, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

May 2, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

May 9, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

June 6, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

June 13, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

July 4, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes / Cancellation

July 11, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

August 1, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

August 8, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

September 5, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

September 12, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

October 3, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

October 10, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

November 7, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

November 13, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

December 5, 2018 – Workshop Notice / Minutes

December 12, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

2017 Minutes

January 4, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

January 11, 2017 — Minutes

February 1, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

February 1, 2017 — Workshop Closed Session

February 8, 2017 — Minutes

March 1, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

March 8, 2017 — Minutes

March 8, 2017 — Annual Meeting Minutes

March 29, 2017 — Special Meeting Minutes

April 5, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

April 12, 2017 — Minutes

May 3, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

May 10, 2017 — Minutes

May 17, 2017 — Special Meeting Minutes

June 7, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

June 14, 2017 — Minutes

July 5, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

July 12, 2017 — Minutes

August 2, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

August 9, 2017 — Minutes

September 6, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

September 13, 2017 — Minutes

October 4, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

October 11, 2017 — Minutes

October 24, 2017 — Special Meeting Minutes

November 1, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

November 8, 2017 — Minutes

December 6, 2017 — Workshop Minutes

December 13, 2017 — Minutes

2016 Minutes

January 6, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

January 13, 2016 — Minutes

February 3, 2016 — Workshop Minutes / Workshop Special Minutes

February 8, 2016 — Minutes

March 2, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

March 9, 2016 — Minutes / Annual Meeting Minutes

April 6, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

April 13, 2016 — Minutes

May 4, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

May 11, 2016 — Minutes

June 1, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

June 8, 2016 — Minutes

June 20, 2016 — Special Meeting Minutes

July 6, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

July 13, 2016 — Minutes

August 3, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

August 10, 2016 — Minutes

September 7, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

September 14, 2016 — Minutes

October 5, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

October 12, 2016 — Minutes

October 13, 2016 — Special Meeting Minutes

November 2, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

November 9, 2016 — Board

December 7, 2016 — Workshop Minutes

December 14, 2016 — Board

2015 Minutes

January 7, 2015 — Workshop

January 14, 2015 — Board

February 4, 2015 — Workshop

February 11, 2015 — Board

March 4, 2015 — Workshop

March 11, 2015 — Board / Annual Meeting

April 1, 2016 — Workshop

April 8, 2015 — Board

April 14, 2015 — Board Special

May 5, 2015 — Workshop

May 13, 2015 — Board

June 3, 2015 — Workshop

June 10, 2015 — Board

July 1, 2015 — Workshop

August 5, 2015 — Workshop

August 10, 2015 — Board

August 18, 2015 — Board Special

August 26, 2015 — Board Special

September 2, 2015 — Workshop

September 9, 2015 — Board

October 7, 2015 — Workshop

November 2, 2015 — Workshop

November 11, 2015 — Board

December 2, 2015 — Workshop

December 9, 2015 — Board

2014 Minutes

January 2, 2014 — Workshop

January 8, 2014 — Board

February 5, 2014 — Workshop

February 12, 2014 — Board

March 5, 2014 — Workshop

March 12, 2014 — Board / Annual

April 2, 2014 — Workshop

April 9, 2014 — Board

May 6, 2014 — Workshop

May 14, 2014 — Board

May 29, 2014 — Board Special

June 4, 2014 — Workshop

June 11, 2014 — Board

July 2, 2014 — Workshop

July 9, 2014 — Board

August 6, 2014 — Workshop / Board Special

August 13, 2014 — Board

September 3, 2014 — Workshop

September 10, 2014 — Board

September 16, 2014 — Board Special

October 1, 2014 — Workshop

October 8, 2014 — Board

November 5, 2014 — Workshop / Board Special

November 12, 2014 — Board

December 3, 2014 — Workshop

December 10, 2014 — Board

December 23, 2014 — Board Special

Looking for agendas & minutes from meetings held prior to 2015? Contact us!

Planning Commission

The Laketown Township Planning Commission in 2023. Front row from left: Jim Johnson and Chairperson Randy Becksvoort. Back row from left: Dick Becker, Chad Nienhuis and Marcia Perry.

The basic function of a township planning commission is to make and adopt a plan for the township’s land use development. In addition to private land use, the planning commission considers the general location of major streets, water and sewer systems and other public utilities and structures, and rehabilitation of blighted areas, location of public buildings, and flood prevention.

The planning commission is required to review any plats or subdivisions and make a recommendation prior to township board action. It also does site plan reviews and makes decisions on applications for special use permits and planned unit developments.

The township board decides on rezoning issues and amendments to the zoning ordinances after review and recommendation of the planning commission.

On November 11, 2020 the Laketown Township Board approved the 2020 township master plan. The master plan is the culmination of nearly three years of work by the Laketown Township Planning Commission.

The 2020 master plan can be viewed by clicking here.

For a copy of the 1991 Master Plan, click here.
For a copy of the 2005 Master Plan Update, click here.
For a copy of the 2005 Future Land Use Update, click here.
For a copy of the 2008 Laketown SubArea Plan, click here.

View the 2020 master plan map by clicking here.

View the 2019 zoning map by clicking here.

View a map of the streets in the township by clicking here.

The Planning Commission meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the township office. Planning Commission members in 2024 are Chairperson Marcia Perry, Vice Chairperson Ray Buursma, Secretary Chad Nienhuis, Jim Johnson and Dick Becker.

Meetings and Minutes
2024 Agenda & Minutes

January 3, 2024 – Agenda / Minutes / Revised Minutes

February 7, 2024 – Agenda / Minutes

2023 Agenda & Minutes

January 4, 2023 – Cancellation notice

February 1, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

March 1, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes / Amended

April 5, 2023 – Cancellation Notice

May 3, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

June 7, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes / Amended

July 5, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

August 2, 2023 – Agenda / Agenda amended/ Minutes / Amended

September 6, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

October 4, 2023 – Cancellation Notice

November 1, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

December 6, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

2022 Agenda & Minutes

January 5, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

February 2, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

March 2, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

April 6, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

May 4, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

June 1, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

July 6, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

August 3, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

September 7, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

October 5, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

November 2, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

December 7, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

2021 Agenda & Minutes

January 6, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

February 2, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

March 2, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

April 7, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

May 5, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

June 2, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

July 7, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

August 4, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

September 1, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

October 6, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

November 3, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

December 1, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

2020 Agenda & Minutes

January 7, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

February 5, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

March 4, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

April 1, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

May 6, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

June 3, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

July 1, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

August 5, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

September 2, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

October 7, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

November 4, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

December 2, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

2019 Agenda & Minutes

January 2, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

January 14, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

February 6, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

March 4, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

March 6, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

April 3, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

April 8, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

May 1, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

May 6, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

June 3, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

June 5, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

July 3, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

August 7, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

September 9, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

October 2, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

October 14, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

November 6, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

December 4, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

2018 Agenda & Minutes

January 3, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

February 7, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

March 7, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

March 14, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

April 4, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

April 12, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

May 2, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

May 17, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

June 6, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

July 3, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

August 1, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

September 5, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

October 3, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

October 22, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

November 7, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

November 26, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

December 5, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

Parks Commission

Laketown Township is fortunate to have many parks, seven owned by the township, one by the State (DNR), several on Allegan County Road Commission rights-of-way and some preserves maintained by nonprofit groups. The Parks Commission is made up of five elected commissioners. It meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the township hall.

Mission Statement: The Laketown Township Parks and Recreation Commission through its Board of Commissioners, staff, programs, services and facilities seeks to enhance the quality of life and the environment, to acquire, conserve and protect natural resources, and to provide quality leisure time opportunities for the benefit of the community.

Members of the Parks Commission: Jeremy Van Hoven – Chair, Karen Simmons – Vice Chair, Dick Becker – Treasurer, and members Anne Brand and Brad Laninga.

Find a park with the Parks Map

Master Plan Update

The parks commission is now working on its Five-Year Master Plan which was last updated in 2018. The master plan helps guide the commission in planning and projects. It also assists in securing state grants.

Parks Reservation Information

What type of events require a Park Use Permit?

A Park Permit is needed when one or more of the following criteria applies to your event or activity:

  • 20 or more people expected at the event or activity
  • live musical entertainment
  • fee collection on township property (donations, admissions, concession, or merchandise sales)
  • use of temporary structures or facilities, such as, tents, shade structures, stages, booths, amusement devices (such as, bounce house, dunking booth), etc.
  • the general public is invited or notified by the media
  • animals on display, for show, or for rides
  • hot air balloons or any apparatus for aviation ascent or descent into a park
  • any wedding held at a park location
  • use of the shelter or park is in a manner other than their specified recreational use

When do I need to submit my Park Use Application?

It is recommended that applications be submitted to the township office at least eight (8) weeks prior to your event. Applicants desiring to hold major events, especially those that are publicly advertised, should submit their application at least 90 days in advance, as a pre-event meeting with township staff may be required. Applications submitted less than 4 weeks in advance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What if my event is an annual event? Will I get the same date and location every year?

Reservations can be made up to 364 days in advance and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Event planners may request the same date for the following year if they turn in a completed Park Use Application. Multiple events will not be allowed to be hosted on trails during the same day.

Can I have amplified sound at my event?

Amplified music is permitted, but must be kept to a reasonable level so as not to disturb the peace, quiet or comfort of the neighboring inhabitants. Amplified sound shall not exceed the distance of 100 feet from the building, structure or outdoor area in which the device is located.

Absolutely no profanity or profane lyrics are allowed in the selection of music that is played for the event. If such music is heard by park staff or if complaints are received from other park users, it will be grounds for shutting down the event and a prohibition on any future events by the sponsor.

Meetings and Minutes

2024 Agenda & Minutes

January 17, 2024 – Agenda / Minutes

February 21, 2024 – Agenda / Minutes

2023 Agenda & Minutes

January 18, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

February 15, 2023 – Cancelation Notice

March 15, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

April 19, 2023 – Agenda / Cancelation Notice

May 17, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

June 21, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes / Amended

July 19, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

August 16, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

September 20, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

October 18, 2023 — Agenda / Minutes

November 15, 2023 — Agenda / Minutes

December 20, 2023 — Agenda / Minutes

2022 Agenda & Minutes

January 19, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

February 16, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

March 16, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

April 13, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

April 20, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

May 18, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

June 15, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

July 20, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

August 17, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

September 21, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

October 19, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

November 16, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

December 21, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

2021 Agenda & Minutes

January 20, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

February 17, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

March 17, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

April 21, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

May 19, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

June 16, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

July 21, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

August 18, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

September 15, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

October 20, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

November 17, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

December 15, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

2020 Agenda & Minutes

January 15, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

February 19, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

March 18, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

April 15, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

May 20, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

June 17, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

July 15, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

August 19, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

September 16, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

October 21, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

November 18, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

December 16, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

2019 Agenda & Minutes

January 16, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

February 20, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

March 20, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

April 17, 2029 – Agenda / Minutes

May 15, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

June 19, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

July 17, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

August 21, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

September 18, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

October 16, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

November 20, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

December 18, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

2018 Agenda & Minutes

January 17, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

February 21, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

March 21, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

April 18, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

May 16, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

June 20, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

July 18, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

August 15, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

September 19, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

October 17, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

November 28, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

December 19, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation

2017 Agenda & Minutes

2016 Agenda & Minutes

2015 Agenda & Minutes

2014 Agenda & Minutes

Building Authority

The township Building Authority is appointed by the Township Board and authorized to acquire, furnish, equip, own, improve, enlarge, operate and maintain buildings, automobile parking lots or structures, recreational facilities, and any other properties and facilities used for any public purpose. You may contact the Building Authority by calling the Township office, (616) 335-3050.

Members are Bob Slikkers, Robert Schaftenaar and Township Manager Al Meshkin. The township clerk and treasurer are ex-officio members meaning they can participate in discussion but not vote.

2023 Meeting Agenda and Minutes

May 1, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

July 5, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

August 17, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

2022 Meeting Agendas and Minutes

April 18, 2022 Agenda / Minutes

July 20, 2022 Agenda / Minutes

Dec 21, 2022 Agenda / Minutes

Zoning Board of Appeals

The ZBA meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Township office.

The ZBA hears and decides all zoning ordinance appeals. It may grant variances from the strict letter of the zoning ordinance if practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship would result in conforming with the ordinance, provided the spirit of the ordinance is observed, public safety secured, and substantial justice done. The hardship should not be self-created and some unique circumstances involving the property in question should be evident to support a variance.

An appeal may be filed by any individual aggrieved or by an officer, department, board or bureau of the township, county or state. The reasons for any ZBA decision shall be stated in full and made a part of the meeting records.

The proper use of a zoning board of appeals within the limits of its jurisdiction can prevent a zoning ordinance from becoming a rigid or unjust document.

Zoning Board of Appeals members are: Casey Kimes – Chair, Marcia Perry – Vice Chair, Jim Delaney, Barb Hibiske and Bob Slikkers. Alternates are Charles Martin “Marty” Hysen and Stephen Penfield.

Forms and Applications
Meetings and Minutes
2024 Agenda & Minutes

January 24, 2024 — Agenda / Minutes

February 28, 2024 — Cancellation notice

2023 Agenda & Minutes

January 25, 2023 – Cancellation Notice

February 22 2023 – Cancellation Notice

March 22, 2023 – Cancellation Notice

April 26, 2023 – Agenda / Notice / Minutes

May 24, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes / Cancellation Notice

June 28, 2023 – Cancellation Notice

July 26, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

August 23, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

September 27, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

October 25, 2023 — Agenda / Minutes

November 22, 2023 — Agenda / Minutes

2022 Agenda & Minutes

April 27, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

July 27, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

September 28, 2022 – Agenda / Minutes

2021 Agenda & Minutes

March 24, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

May 26, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

June 23, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

September 22, 2021 – Agenda / Minutes

2020 Agenda & Minutes

January 22, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

June 24, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

August 26, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

September 23, 2020 – Agenda / Minutes

2019 Agenda & Minutes

February 27, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

March 27, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

May 22, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

August 27, 2019 – Agenda / Minutes

2018 Agenda & Minutes

January 24, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

February 28, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

March 28, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

June 27, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

July 25, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

August 22, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

September 26, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

October 24, 2018 – Agenda / Minutes

2017 Agenda & Minutes

2016 Agenda & Minutes

2015 Agenda & Minutes

2014 Agenda & Minutes

2013 Agenda & Minutes

Graafschap Fire Department Board

The Graafschap Fire Board, from left to right: Jim Johnson (Laketown Township), Patrick Dietrich (Laketown Township), Tim Hofman (Fillmore Township) and Chairperson Bob Yonker (Fillmore Township).

The fire board for Laketown and Fillmore townships is a joint fire board with two members from each participating governmental unit.

Two members from Laketown: Patrick Dietrich and Jim Johnson

Two members from Fillmore: Bob Yonker and Tim Hofman

The Fire Chief, Doug DenBleyker serves as a non-voting member. Two additional fire department members serve as non-voting members as well.

The fire board is required to submit an annual budget for review, modification, and approval by the township board.

The Graafschap Fire Board meets quarterly.

Minutes and Meetings
2024 Agenda & Minutes

January 11, 2024 – Agenda / Minutes

2023 Agenda & Minutes

January 5, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

April 19, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

September 6, 2023 – Agenda / Minutes

2022 Agenda & Minutes

2021 Agenda & Minutes

2020 Agenda & Minutes

2019 Agenda & Minutes

2018 Agenda & Minutes

2017 Agenda & Minutes

2016 Agenda & Minutes

2015 Agenda & Minutes

2014 Agenda & Minutes

Downtown Development Authority

On June 13, 2007, the Township Board of Laketown Township in Allegan County, Michigan created the Laketown Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA). At that time the DDA was given all of the powers and duties prescribed for a Downtown Development Authority pursuant to Act 197 of Public Acts of 1975, M.C.L.A. §§ 125.1651 et seq., as amended by the State of Michigan. A nine-member DDA Board was appointed to represent the Township and its downtown business interests. The Township Board also designated the boundaries of the downtown district within which the DDA may legally operate.

The overall goal of the Development Plan is to undertake public improvements that will provide the framework for future development of the commercial parcels along Blue Star Highway. Implementation of this plan will result in a variety of economic benefits including employment, greater retail activity, and funding for improvements.

The goals of this plan are to:

  • Create a physical environment, image, and “sense of place” which will encourage a vital mix of land uses and activities in the district
  • Create a physical environment that works in concert with the natural environment
  • Capitalize on the existing seasonal tourist market and create new opportunities for expanding the tourist market and attracting new markets
  • Create a visual cohesiveness and unity for the uses along Blue Star Highway through onsite and streetscape enhancements
  • Encourage additional private investment in the district
  • Improve shared use ways and promote multi-purpose circulation in the district
  • Protect the residential areas within and adjacent to the district through sensitive site design
Forms and Applications

The township board also appoints residents to area boards and commissions, including:

Holland Aquatic Center: Colleen Hill

Holland District Library: Gary Dewey

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Looking to apply for a township board or commission position? Fill out the application here.