Zoning Ordinance Amendments
by Wade Trim
Draft Township Board January 2024
Article 4 Use Standards
1. Large animals shall be defined as including horses, ponies, cattle, miniature ponies, sheep, goats, pigs, other hoofed animals and similar animals. The minimum required parcel size for keeping large animals shall be five (5) acres The minimum lot width shall be three hundred (300) feet.
2. Small animals shall be defined as, poultry, rabbits and similar animals. The minimum required parcel size for keeping small animals shall be one and a half (1.5) acre. All small animals located on a parcel of less than five (5) acres must be cooped or housed within a secure enclosure. Small animals located on a parcel of five (5) acres or more may choose to free-range on the owner’s property or leasable land.
3. In order to satisfy the minimum required parcel size the occupant of property in the AG district may lease a contiguous parcel of property. In order for the leased property to qualify, the applicant shall demonstrate that the property will be used for the pasture and or keeping of the animals.
4. Animals housing, care, number of animals, and manure management shall be in accordance with Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices (GAAMP).
5. All buildings used to house large and small animals shall comply with the following requirements:
A. Only animals belonging to the property occupant may be kept, exempt as otherwise permitted in the Ordinance.
B. All buildings must be setback at least one hundred (100) feet from a property line.
C. All accessory buildings shall conform with the provisions of Section 5.1 Accessory Buildings.
6. A suitable fence or other enclosure shall be erected (including electric fencing) and maintained around the entire premises for outside use and containment of large animals and as noted in subsection 2 above for small animals. This shall include areas of leased land used by the animals. Fences shall otherwise meet all other requirements in Sec. 5.11.
Article 5 Site Standards
9. All fences of any nature, type or description located in the Township shall conform to the following regulations:
G. Fences in residential districts (AG, RE, R-1, RM-1, and MH), which are not specifically required under the regulations of the individual zoning districts, shall conform to the following requirements:
i. All fences erected along property lines or road right-of-way lines, or within any required side or rear yard, shall be a minimum of three (3) feet and a maximum of eight (8) feet in height above the grade of the surrounding land.
ii. No solid or other completely obscuring fence more than three (3) feet in height shall hereafter be located in the required front yard of the lots or parcels in question.
iii. All fences hereafter erected shall be for purposes of enclosure or of an ornamental nature only. Barbed wire, spikes, nails, single wire or any other sharp point or instrument of any kind on top or on the sides of any fence, or electric current or charge in said fences shall be prohibited. Barbed wire cradles may be placed on top of fences enclosing public utility buildings as deemed necessary in the interest of public safety.
I, Carla Jepsen, Clerk for Imlay Township, hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of Ordinance No. 2024-00-02 of Imlay Township, at a meeting of the Township Board of Trustees held on February 20, 2024, was in compliance with Act 267, Public Acts of Michigan 1976 and subject to Public Act 110 of 2006 as amended.

That, after duly noticed public hearing upon such proposed Zoning Ordinance, the Township Planning Commission held the public hearing and following such public hearing such proposed zoning ordinance was submitted to the Planning Commission of said County, all in accordance with Public Act 110 of 2006, as amended.

I further certify that on March 6, 2024 I caused notice of such adoption to be published in the Tri-City Times, a newspaper circulated in Imlay Township, and that said Ordinance and the record of publication was duly recorded and is available for public use and inspection at the Imlay Township Hall, 4682 N. Fairgrounds Road between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Planning Commission Public Hearing: December 12, 2023
Adopted by Township Board: February 20, 2024
Published: March 6, 2024 Effective: March 13, 2024

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have my official signature on February 27, 2024.

Carla Jepsen
Imlay Township Clerk