Official public hearing tomorrow at 7

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By Jack Rodzik
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer

BATH, Mich. – The Bath Charter Township Planning Department will hold a public hearing on language regarding new laws at 7 p.m. Nov. 8.

The laws include wind energy, rules about chicken and horse ownership, private roads and flag lots and the Capital Improvements Program.

The meeting, which was not on the township’s website until Nov. 7, is open to public comment.

Some of these topics have stirred up the public, and will be resolved tomorrow when the official language of the law is revealed.

At a an earlier meeting, a citizen said, “The township really doesn’t understand what they’re doing.”

These changes deal with a variety of factors from measurements, restrictions on animals to private property. Changes include defining what is a small or large turbine by feet instead of kilowatt, the number of chickens and horses allowed per family and perhaps most important to citizens, what is to be done with flag lot properties. These are properties for which a long driveway leads to a larger parcel of land.

Past meetings have been open to the public, but few showed up. The only people who seem to speak out are those who are deep rooted in Bath and oppose changes that they say are not needed. During a public comment a citizen said, “If it’s not broken, don’t change it, and I don’t think it’s broken.”

The meeting will be at Bath Charter Township Offices from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will be open to the public. Before and after discussing business there will be time for general public comment.

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