PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission of the Township of Solon will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., at the Solon
Township Hall, 15185 Algoma Ave., NE, Cedar Springs, Michigan, on two ordinances that would amend the Township Zoning Ordinance. The first ordinance would amend the accessory
building regulations and the second ordinance would amend the kennel regulations. The principal provisions of the amending ordinances can be summarized as follows:
1. Accessory Buildings. The ordinance would amend Section 2.03, Definitions, of the Zoning Ordinance to include certain temporary structures as buildings. The ordinance would also amend Section 3.07 to add new subsections clarifying the zoning regulations regarding temporary structures used as accessory buildings and clarifying that the regulations do not apply to gazebos or similar structures. The amending ordinance would also prohibit semi-truck
trailers, shipping containers, storage pods and similar items to be used as accessory buildings. The regulations exempting accessory buildings on farms will remain and not be amended as part
of the new regulations on temporary structures used as accessory buildings.
2. Kennels. The second ordinance would amend and clarify the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance regarding the keeping of animals and kennels. The term ‘Commercial Kennel” would be deleted and the regulations in the districts which allow kennels would be standardized and simplified. The definition of Kennel in Section 2.12 would be amended to clarify that it applies to “dogs, cats or other household pets” and that it does not include the
office of a veterinarian where the animals are boarded for treatment purposes. Section 3.31 of the Zoning Ordinance regulating the keeping of animals would remain largely unchanged, but
would be clarified to make it consistent with the kennel regulations. The special land use standards in Section 16.04(D) and 16.04(L) would be combined in a new Section 16.04(L).
Those standards would continue to require a minimum lot area of 5 acres but allow the Planning Commission discretion to adjust that standard. The special land use standards would also have
other regulations related to dog runs, exercise areas and setbacks, and a requirement that all kennel buildings, dog runs and other aspects of the use be kept in a sanitary condition.
The text of the two proposed amending ordinances are on file in the Township office, at the above-stated address, and may be reviewed by interested persons during Township office hours. All interested persons may attend the public hearing and comment on the proposed amendments. Written comments may be submitted to the Township offices, at the above-stated address, up to and including the time of the public hearing.
Dated: December 23, 2021
PLANNING COMMISSION OF THE
TOWNSHIP OF SOLON