*Note: Due to the Shoppers Guide no longer providing their paper to the general Keene Township residents, the Township will be placing legal notices in the Ionia County Sentinel Standard which will be in the Legal section. We will also be publishing these same notices additionally by putting them in the Shoppers Guide, Lowell Ledger, or Lowell Buyers Guide as needed depending on the application location and topic. Only residents in the 48881 zip code will get the Shoppers Guide by mail. Others will have to pick up the Guide at their Saranac office or some Belding stores/gas stations or Lowell Buyers Guide office. All legal notices will also, as usual, be on the Township website and posted at the Township Hall.
Solar Ordinance Public Hearing
The Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing on the proposed amendments to the commercial solar energy ordinance section on April 10 at 7:00 pm (Note the date change from April 4 to 10). Click on "Solar Notice" below for the full descriptive notice and "Solar Amendments" for the full document showing the proposed amendments for the public hearing.
The Township Board has adopted on 3-14-2023 an updated Policy and Procedures for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to include law changes since the 2015 version. Click on "FOIA Policy 2023" for the full document and the "FOIA Request for Info" form to ask for specific information and "FOIA Appeal Denial of Info" and "FOIA Appeal Denial of Excess Fees" for the two appeal forms.
FOIA Appeal Denial of Excess Fees
Extend Commercial Solar Moratorium
The Board has extended the time limit for the moratorium to June 30, 2023. Click on "Notice Extend Solar" for the notice and "Ordinance Extend Solar" for the full ordinance.
The Township Board adopted on 10-11-22 a moratorium for 6 months to not accept any commercial solar energy project applications in the Township while ordinance amendments are being worked on by the Planning Commission. Click on "Moratorium Notice" for the full notice and "Moratorium Ordinance" for the full moratorium language ordinance.
Check with your local Fire Department on Burn Permits
Below is a link to the Michigan DNR page for burning information
Keene Township Hall
8505 Potters Rd, Saranac, MI 48881
Keene Township Regular Meeting Dates
All Meetings Start at 7:00 pm unless posted differently
2023-2024 Fiscal Year
January 9, 2024
February 13, 2024
March 13, 2023 (Regular and Annual Meeting)
2023-2024 Fiscal Year
April 4 is changed to April 10
February 6, 2024
Zoning Board of Appeals
Meet only when an application is received
*See public notice above for any current applications
Township Cleanup Day
The annual cleanup day is planned for April 29 from 7:00 am to noon across the street from the Township Hall. Watch here closer to the date for more info on what can be brought for drop-off.
2023 Winter Township Newsletter
The newsletters give Township residents current info about Township news and activities. Click on the "Winter 2023 Newsletter" below to review it.
Below is the 2022 Fall Newsletter:
See Assessor's page for the revised Guide to Small Business Taxpayer Personal Property Tax Exemption
The Township is looking for a new hall location
The parking situation has become a safety issue and we need a larger space for meetings. A Committee is being formed to look for vacant land or land with a building to remodel. If you know of any suitable property or want to serve on the Committee, email the Township with the subject line "Township New Location" at: email@example.com
Solar Energy INFO:
Invenergy held an open house on August 3. They provided answers to most of the resident's questions. Click on "Solar Info" below for information on questions and answers that were provided at this open house.
The Township Board held an informational meeting on June 23 with various experts to try and answer the resident's submitted questions. The meeting was recorded and if anyone was unable to attend, you can click on the links below to watch the presentation. There is also a link below with answers to many of the common questions.
Part 1 Keene Township Solar Information Meeting 6/23/2022
Part 2 Keene Township Solar Information Meeting 6/23/2022
Part 3 Keene Township Solar Information Meeting 6/23/2022
Part 4 Keene Township Solar Information Meeting 6/23/2022
A general list of questions from residents were answered below:
Sunfield is participating in a new project to accept and to recycle agricultural plastic. Click on the link below for all the details.
Gypsy Moth Info
Click on the link below for Gypsy Moth information.