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land division policy

Michigan Public Act 288 of 1967, as amended,

and Act 246 of 1945, as amended


     IT IS THE INTENT of the Trout Lake Township Board, to carry out the provisions of the State Land Division Act (1967 PA 288, as amended, formerly known as the Subdivision Control Act), to prevent the creation of parcels of property which do not comply with applicable statute of said Act, to minimize potential boundary disputes, to maintain orderly development of the community, and otherwise provide for health, safety and welfare of the residents and property owners of Trout Lake Township by establishing reasonable standards for prior review and approval of land division within Trout Lake Township.  Therefore the Trout Lake Township Board adopts the below stated Land Division Policy:


1. Unplatted Land in Trout Lake Township shall not be divided without prior review and approval of the Trout Lake Township Board, in accordance with the State Land Division Act and applicable ordinances.


2.  An applicant shall, for each proposed division, file a completed application form and all required documentation on the Application For Land Division. (See list on application).


3.  A non-refundable application Fee of $150 (payable to Trout Lake Township) for each proposed parcel division shall be submitted with completed application.  An Investigative Fee of $100. shall be added, if the completed application is submitted after-the-fact (after the division has been conveyed).


4.  An applicant of a Land Division Request must be the owner of record, as recorded by the Chippewa County Register of Deeds, or the designated agent.


5.  Upon receipt of the application fee, a completed land division application, and all required documentation, the Trout Lake Township Board will, within 45 days, review the application package and notify the applicant of the Trout Lake Township Board’s decision.  If the application package does not conform to the requirements of the State Land Division Act, the application package shall be returned to the applicant for completion and refiling in accordance with this policy and the State Land Division Act.


6.  A Land Division Request for a parcel designated as not buildable, shall require the owner(s) to execute a notarized Restriction On Real Estate Affidavit.  Any parcel with this Restriction On Real Estate Affidavit shall not be eligible for any building permits, or zoning approvals.


7.  Any parcel created in noncompliance with the Land Division Act shall not be eligible for any building permits or zoning approvals.  Any person who violates any provision of the Land Division Act, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1000.00 and subject to civil action seeking invalidation of the land division and appropriate injunctive and other relief.


8.  A decision of the Trout Lake Township Board approving a land division is effective for 12 months, after which it is considered  revoked unless within such period a Deed  is recorded with the Chippewa County Register of Deeds, accomplishing the approved land division or transfer.

Please mail the completed application with fees to the assessor.

Trout Lake Township Assessor 

PO Box 5161

Kincheloe, MI 49788 

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