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Code Enforcement and Zoning

 

Code Enforcement Officer

 
989-739-9019 
 code@OscodaTownshipMi.gov 

It is the responsibility of the Ordinance Enforcement Officer to enforce certain ordinances and codes within the Township pertaining to nuisance & non criminal violations. The enforcement officer has the authority to write citations and has the responsibility of representing the Township in court regarding the disposition of the citations. The Ordinance Enforcement Officer responds to residents, both in person and by telephone regarding the Township's Ordinances and is responsible for issuing the majority of nuisance and non criminal violations. The Officer reports directly to the Director of Public Services.

Primary Duties
1. Periodically patrols or inspects the Township to monitor for violations of local codes.

2. Responds to complaints of potential violations relating to trash removal, signage, nuisance, construction site complaints, land use, zoning, storage, noise, dumping, clearing and grading and other code related matters.

3. Conducts field investigations of potential violations, gathers evidence, questions or interrogates complainants, witnesses and suspects, compare facts to code requirements, makes findings, and issues warnings, correction notices or citations.

4. Meets with owners, tenants, contractors, developers, businesses, etc. to review and explain code requirements and violations or potential violations. Secures code compliance and provides information to persons who request information or assistance in code enforcement matters.

5. Maintains a variety of logs and records related to inspection and enforcement activities and prepares records of removal of illegal signs.

6. Reviews cases being prepared for trial with emphasis on the evidentiary and legal issues crucial to successful prosecution. Prepares detailed reports of activities and investigations made; consults with prosecutors and prepares case reports for court action and testifies in court.

7. Coordinates efforts with the police, fire, building, water and sewer, engineering, planning and finance departments and outside agencies to assist residents in resolving their complaints and obtaining ordinance compliance.  
 

Zoning Administrator

 

The Zoning Administrator is generally available in the Zoning Office at the Township Hall from 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday. Afternoon appointments are also available.

Timothy Tietsema, Zoning Administrator
989-739-9019
zoning@OscodaTownshipMi.gov 
 
Under the supervision of the Township Superintendent, the Zoning Administrator administers and enforces the Township’s Zoning Ordinance, which has been adopted to achieve the overall land use and development objectives set forth in the Township’s Master Plan, as adopted in 2002. The Zoning Administrator works with the Township’s Planning Commission to draft and propose amendments to the Zoning Ordinance as needed to ensure that the Ordinance properly addresses current local land use issues and needs.

The Zoning Administrator works with property owners and developers to explain applicable zoning regulations and review procedures so that properties are used and improved consistent with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Administrator directly reviews and issues Land Use Permits for various improvements to property throughout the Township. The Zoning Administrator also helps process Rezoning, Special Land Use and Site Plan applications that require review and action by the Township’s Planning Commission, as well as Variance and other Appeal applications that require review and action by the Township’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Most improvements to property in the Township require prior approval under the Zoning Ordinance. This includes the construction of new structures, building additions, decks, garages, sheds, fences and signs. Certain other activities, such as the re-occupancy of an existing non-residential property by a new tenant, the provision of home day care services and conducting a home business, require review and approval in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance. Please contact the Zoning Administrator prior to undertaking any new improvement or activity on your property to determine what review and approval may be necessary to do so.

Here are some zoning documents to download for your reference.

 

       
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