*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 occasionally, 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.
The Planning Commission will hold a special meeting on October 24 to conduct a public hearing on the proposed new language to add "Accessory Dwellings" to the zoning ordinance. They will discuss a review of the current commercial wind energy section of the zoning ordinance. Click on "Notice ADU" below for the notice of meeting description and "ORD ADU" for the actual proposed ordinance.
Consumers Energy Gas Franchise Ordinance
At the 9-12-23 Township Board meeting, they approved a gas franchise ordinance for Consumers Energy that allows gas lines to be placed in the Township. Click on "Consumers Notice" below to read the public notice and "Consumers Ordinance" to read the adopted approved ordinance.
Resolution on Referendum Ballot Language
The Township Board on the 7-11-23 meeting adopted a resolution to approve the ballot language for the commercial solar energy amendments referendum that will go to the vote of the people in an election on November 7, 2023. Click on "Ballot Resolution" below for the full document. A copy is also posted in the Hall notice box.
Zoning Ordinance Moratorium
The Township Board on the 7-11-23 meeting adopted a resolution and ordinance from the Planning Commission for a zoning ordinance amendment for a zoning moratorium for commercial wind and solar projects. Click on "Zoning Moratorium Notice" below for the notice of adoption of this moratorium. Click on "Zoning Moratorium" below for the full document. A copy of each is also posted in the Hall notice box.
The Township Board has extended the commercial solar energy moratorium for the timing to get the referendum on an election and to tabulate the outcome of the vote. Click on "Notice Moratorium" for the full notice of adoption below. Click on "Extend Moratorium" below to read the full ordinance that was adopted.
Resolution of placing the commercial solar energy amendments referendum on the election date of November 7, 2023. Click on "Resolution for Solar Election" below for the full resolution.
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
August 9 Wednesday
January 9, 2024
February 13, 2024
March 13, 2024 (Regular and Annual Meeting)
2023-2024 Fiscal Year
April 4 is changed to April 10
Special Meeting October 24
February 6, 2024
Zoning Board of Appeals
Meet only when an application is received
*See public notice above for any current applications
Note: Meeting minutes are under the Information tab, then the Minutes tab to view them.
November 7 Election Info
The Clerk will be at the Township Hall on Saturday, November 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to register to vote or obtain or drop off absentee ballots. The voting machine public testing will be done on Monday, October 23 at 5:45 pm.
See below for what is on the ballot:
The adopted commercial solar energy amendments, due to a referendum, will be placed on the election on November 7, 2023.
The ballot language will read as follows:
ZONING ORDINANCE REFERENDUM
Shall the Solar Ordinance Amendments to the Keene Township Zoning Ordinance, adopted on April 24, 2023, be approved?
The commercial solar energy amendments adopted on 4-24-23 will take effect and be added to the zoning ordinance if the residents vote "yes" to approve the amendments on the November 7, 2023 election date. A vote of "no" on the amendments means the current 2018 commercial solar energy ordinance section stays in effect as written in the zoning ordinance.
To review the commercial solar energy amendments up for the election, click on "Solar Amendments 2023" below. The language in pink is all new wording being added to the existing ordinance section and black words are the existing language. A strike-through is language to be removed. To review the 2018 existing current commercial solar energy section, click below on "2018 Comm Solar Section".
New Committees are Being Formed (July)
If you want to volunteer for any of the committees below then call Bob Schafer at 616-292-5569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Watch here for future meeting dates and info.
We are in need of a new phone system possibly internet-based, meeting microphones/speakers, projector system, etc.
Community Survey Committee
The Planning Commission will soon be working on updating the Master Plan so a new survey is wanted for input from the residents to assist them in that update. Contact the Treasurer for meeting dates.
A new committee to work on the cemeteries for updating records, recommend upgrades, see the new software, and maintenance recommendations.
New Hall - Parking Issues Committee
This committee was recently created but no meetings took place. The parking situation has become a safety issue (especially for elections and dark sky meetings) and we need a larger space for meetings. A Committee can 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 contact the Township.
2023 Ionia County Hazardous Waste/Electronics Drop-Off Dates
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
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.