County Planning Commission public hearing will discuss agri-tourism, pole barns/garages, electronic signs.

February 22, 2018

County Planning Commission public hearing will discuss agri-tourism, pole barns/garages, electronic signs.

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AMBER TOWNSHIP — The Mason County Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing on proposed zoning ordinance amendments on March 1, 2018. The amendments range from the minimum size of a dwelling to defining and allowing for agri-tourism, which includes a host of new land uses such as micro-breweries, micro-distilleries, u-pick operations, and barn wedding venues.   

Many of the text amendments are in response to changing state and federal laws and others are the direct result of a citizen input survey that was completed in 2016 during the first phase of the project.  

Other proposed changes that may affect recreational users is the proposal to allow for one pole barn or garage on a parcel with no dwelling if the property is a minimum of 10 acres.  Electronic signs are also being considered with restrictions on how quickly the text on the sign can change (once every 12 seconds) and a prohibition on animation or video.    

The Planning Commission will consider all of the public input from the hearing prior to sending the final amendments to the Mason County Board of Commissioners for consideration.  The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Graystone Event Center next to the Holiday Inn Express at the corner of Brye Rd. and US-10-31.

County zoning is enforced in Amber, Custer, Eden, Summit, Victory, Riverton, Sherman, Sheridan, Branch, Logan, and Free Soil townships. Hamlin, Grant, and Pere Marquette townships, along with the cities of Ludington and Scottville, and the villages of Custer, Free Soil, and Fountain, follow their own zoning ordinances.

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