Lake Township, Benzie County, MI



Benzie County, Michigan, USA

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Lake Township

Benzie County
Northwestern Lower

Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Office entry is in the rear of the building.
Lake Township is in the northwest
corner of Benzie County, in the
northwestern portion of Lower

The Lake Township Hall (see red
star on map at left) is located on
M-22 just east of the bridge
crossing the Platte River. We're
roughly 35 miles north of Manistee,
and 40 miles west of Traverse City.

Phone: 231-325-5202

FAX: 231-325-4177

5153 Scenic Hwy (M-22)

Honor, MI, 49640

Lake Township Hall, Benzie County, Northwestern Lower Michigan

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm BUDGET HEARING The Lake Township board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018/2019 at the Lake Township Hall at 5153 Scenic Hwy. Honor, MI 49640. The proposed budget will be available for inspection at the Township Office during regular business hours.

The property tax millage rate proposed to be levied to support the proposed budget will be a subject of this hearing.

This notice is posted in compliance with the Open Meetings Act, Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended, (MCL 41.72a (2) (3) and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Township will provide necessary and reasonable services to individuals with disabilities.
Board of Review:
March 12, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
March 13, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
(Updated 1/25/2018)
Clean Up Days for 2018 are:
June 9, 2018, 8:00 am until 12:00 pm (noon)
August 1, 2018 8:00 am until 12:00 pm (noon)
Note that all lumber must be under 4 feet long.
See here for more information.
(Updated 1/24/2018)
Elections for 2018 are:
August 7, 2018 Primary election
November 6, 2018 General election
(Updated 1/25/2018)
We are currently looking for alternates for the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Interested parties should contact the Township office for more information.(Updated 12/30/2015)
ZONING REMINDER It has come to the attention of the Township that persons anticipating building small structures such as storage sheds, well houses, etc. are assuming that no permits are required for these structures because the State Construction Code does not require a Building Permit for structures less than 200 square feet. (This standard was recently increased from the previous 100 square feet.)

The change in Building Permit requirements has no relationship to Township Zoning Ordinance requirements. ALL STRUCTURES OF WHATEVER SIZE require a Land Use Permit from the Township Zoning Administrator. The Land Use Permit is necessary to determine and assure that the placement of any structure meet all zoning requirements, particularly setback requirements.
There is a new "Land Use Permit and Fee Schedule" which can be found on the Documents and Forms page (near the bottom).
Planning Commission meeting dates for 2018 are now on the Meetings page. (Posted 1/23/2018)
Monthly township meetings dates for 2018 are now on the Meetings page. (Posted 1/02/2018)
We have added a Board of Review section to the Meetings page. (2/24/2017)
The Lake Township Zoning Ordinance is now on the Documents and Forms page.
For details about our monthly and budget adoption meetings and the minutes from these, please see our new Meetings page.
See our new Documents and Forms page for common forms or documents you may need as a visitor or resident of the Township.
Keep an eye on the Park page for updated information. (Updated 5/17/2017)

About Us

As one of the least populated but heavily visited areas of Lower Michigan, we greatly value our many natural resources. When you visit our area you are in a true "year-round playground," Enjoy...

  • skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing in the winter,
  • mushroom hunting and trilliums in the spring,
  • many miles of shoreline and waterways in the summer for swimming, kayaking, and water sports,
  • and salmon fishing, color tours, and hunting in the fall. 

We work hard to maintain our undeveloped "up north" feel and preserve the natural beauty of the area while striving to provide a stable economy and maintain a high quality of life for all citizens.

Lake Township is also the gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 10,865 acres of the Lakeshore and approximately 9.1 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline are located within the boundaries of our Township. Within the Lakeshore there are many hiking trails and other attractions. Purchase of a Lakeshore pass allows you to recreate anywhere in this National Lakeshore.

When we talk about the Park on this site, we're referring to our Lake Township Park the pride of the township, located at the mouth of the Platte River at Lake Michigan. See the Park page for more details.

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