Pleasant Plains Twp. OKs tiny house ordinance

PLEASANT PLAINS TWP. — During the Pleasant Plains Township meeting on Monday, board members approved a tiny house ordinance.

The board unanimously approved a resolution to allow the establishment of habitable structures which could be primary residences. The structures can be a minimum of 400 square feet.

A slab foundation is acceptable for the structures. They must be placed on a minimum of 10,500 square feet lot.

“The planning commission would rather see tiny houses than RVs, which can become dilapidated,” said Robert Sanders, zoning administrator.

Also during the meeting, the township approved hiring Top Com for township mapping for $3,600.

“The mapping has to be updated,” said Pleasant Plains Township Supervisor Tammy Ghent, who said the company will be able to draft mapping quickly and efficiently.

In other business:

• Pathfinder Community Library donated a used computer for the use of Pleasant Plains Township Fire Department.

• Sanders said he is beginning to work on blight projects to be carried out in the fall, and is selecting five to seven projects with the help of Trustee Clint Jackson.

• The board approved the distribution of the township’s planning commission master plan online, at the courthouse and at the Pathfinder Community Library.

• The board approved an amendment to the outdoor storage section of the township’s zoning ordinance to prohibit outdoor storage of goods and material in front yards. If goods and material are stored on the side or back of a house, it must be screened.

• Fire Chief Greg Shoemaker said framing is now up on the new fire building and trusses will be installed later in the week. They are working on getting steel to enclose the building and are looking for bids on wells. They also are working on the septic and are ready to move forward on a drain field.

• Shoemaker said he was one of four fire chiefs in Michigan to receive a new command truck — a 2011 model with only 7,000 miles on it.

• The board approved a 425 agreement for a certain section of property from the township to be moved into the village of Baldwin to hook up to the water and sewer system.