Why do we have Zoning?

Michigan law says townships have the right to regulate and control the development and use of property within their jurisdictions. 

This helps to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by ensuring that the uses of land withing Pine River Township are situated in appropriate locations and relationships.  The law goes on to assure that uses are not producing congestion and overcrowding and are meeting the needs of the state's citizens for food, fiber, energy, recreation, industry, trade and places of residence.

These goals are accomplished through the establishment of the Pine River Township Planning Commission, the township Zoning Board of Appeals, and staff to provide guidance and administration of these regulations.  The Pine River Township Board supports these development goals by adopting an appropriate Master Land Use Plan and the Pine River Township Zoning Ordinance.

Without such land use controls, a township may well develop in a haphazard, disorganized and economically unsound manner.