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Welcome to Kalamazoo Charter Township!
Awarded the Township of Excellence designation by the Michigan Township Association



The mission of Kalamazoo Township is to provide government services that promote a safe, healthy, accessible, and economically viable community to live, work, learn, and play.

Kalamazoo Township wraps around three sides of the City of Kalamazoo, offering equally easy access to all the urban amenities and more rural activities. The Township is made up of four neighborhoods, each with a strong sense of community and history. They contain a broad range of housing stock, thriving locally owned businesses, and commercial and industrial areas available for development. All parts of the Township have access to broadband internet, curbside recycling, and municipal sewer and water. Families in the township have access to several quality school choices, including Kalamazoo Public Schools and the nationally known Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship. Anywhere in the Township residents are short minutes away from highly rated medical facilities and universities as well as parks, golf courses, tennis courts and bike trails. If you’re looking for a place to raise a family, live close to work and play or start a business, please join us in Kalamazoo Township.

Kalamazoo Township was featured in Focus, a publication of the Michigan Township Association. To see the article Click Here.

Upcoming Board Meetings

Regular Meeting 7:30 p.m. November 27, 2017

Regular Meeting 7:30 p.m. December 11, 2017

The regular meetings are live on Charter Communication channel 190 and At&T U-verse channel 99

Replays of meetings are on Mondays at 8 a.m., Thursdays at 1:00 a.m.
Fridays at 3:00 P.M.

Past or live stream meetings may also be viewed by going to:

http://www.publicmedianet.org/watch/tv190

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News & Alerts

Special Edition Newsletter asking for your input
on Medical Marijuana and Sidewalks

Click Here to read.

PMN Connect video including consideration of
Medical Marijuana Rules for Kalamazoo Township
Click Here to view.

PMN  Kalamazoo Township Roundtable Video
of interview with Manager Mitchell and Trustee
Strebs Click Here

Fall 2017 Kalamazoo Township Newsletter
Click Here

PMN Connect interview with Trustee Leuty
and Supervisor Martin Click Here


Kalamazoo Metro Transit: Check out the
bus routes and other service you may not
have known about. Click Here

Give Them 5 (feet) bicycle safety video
on PMN Connect Click Here

Local Fire Departments learning large
vehicle extraction. PMN Connect Video
Click Here

Bike Route Article, 
2nd Wave Media Click Here

PMN Roundatble video featuring MTA
Township of Excellence, Click Here

Lead Pipes Being Removed in Kalamazoo 
Township. Click Here for MLive article

Road Construction Update for the week 

of October 23, 2017 Click Here.


Looking for emotional support after a crisis? 
You can contact Gryphon Place by calling 211 
or Clicking Here.
Red Med Box

Have you ever wondered what to do with unused or expired medication? Whatever you do, don't flush them down the toilet. Instead, dispose of those items at a Red Med Box.

Red Med Boxes are located at certain area law enforcement buildings, including at the Kalamazoo Township Police Department. Red Med Box is an easy and secure way to dispose of your unused or expired medication.

http://www.redmedbox.com/about.php 

News & Events

Smart911 is Available for You

Smart911 is a service that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. Click the following links for more information. Smart911_Fact Sheet and How does Smart911 Help?

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Leaf and Brush Pick-up begins November 13

There are five areas for pick-up on five different days. Please check out the Pick-up Map or call the Township if you don't know which day your leaves and brush will be picked up. All leaves must be out by the curb in paper yard waste bags and sticks, no more than 2" in diameter and less than 4' long need to be tied in bundles. You can find more information on the Recycle and Waste Program Page.

There has been some concern that leaves won't be down in time for the pick-up. Unfortunately the pick-up is scheduled a year in advance. At one time it was scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving but there would often be a problem with snow covered leaves and bags frozen to the ground. 

If you have leaves after the pick-up, here are some suggestions: take them to a landscaping company that will use them for for compost, compost them yourself, hire one of the lawn care companies to sweep them up and dispose of them or bag them up and cover them with a tarp someplace out of the sight until spring pick-up. If you know of a community garden or organic farm that would be interested in leaves for mulch or compost please have them contact the township at info@ktwp.org so we can have a list of other places that might be willing to take leaves.

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KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE

You can now find us on Facebook at Kalamazoo Charter Township. We'll be using the page to get information out to you more quickly and to provide you with useful links and event information. We would like to be interactive but we don't want to use your tax money to monitor it 24/7 and don't want anything offensive showing up on your Township Facebook page. We do want your input though so we've set up a new email, info@ktwp.org. 

If you have comments, complaints, good suggestions, cool pictures of the Township or information you think we should share you can email us.  We're new at this so please be patient, it's an evolving project and we hope you'll find it informative and maybe even a little fun. 

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PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION 

If you need information about your property taxes chances are you can get it without calling by clicking TAX INFORMATION

Draft Medical Marijuana Ordinance Update

In 2008, Michigan voters voted to allow the medical use of marihuana within prescribed parameters for the alleviation of certain medical conditions.   Thereafter, the Michigan Legislature adopted the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), that regulates the use of marihuana for medical purposes by qualifying patients and primary caregivers.   The use of medical marihuana as allowed by the MMMA has been ongoing since 2008 and continues to be allowed by law in Michigan.

                In 2016, the Michigan legislature enacted a group of statutes that authorized commercial medical marihuana facilities, developed a tracking system for medical marihuana and expanded the definition of medical marihuana to include edibles and other types of marihuana.     The Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) authorizes the establishment and operation of five types of commercial medical marihuana facilities:   growers, processors, secure transporters, safety compliance facilities and provisioning centers.   The MMFLA allows a municipality to decide if the municipality wants to allow any or all of the five types of commercial medical marihuana facilities to establish in the municipality.   If the municipality wants to allow any of the five types of commercial facilities, the municipality must adopt an ordinance to “opt in” to allowing commercial medical marihuana facilities.   Additionally, if a municipality does decide to “opt in” and allow commercial medical marihuana facilities, the municipality may decide what types of facilities and the permitted number of each type.  The municipality should also adopt zoning ordinance regulations to specify what zoning districts commercial medical marihuana facilities may locate in and whether the zoning approval will be by a permitted use or a special use process.  

                The MMFLA (PA 281 of 2016, as amended) was effective on 12/20/16; the State of Michigan will begin accepting applications for licenses for commercial medical marihuana facilities on 12/15/17.  As that date approaches, many municipalities, including Kalamazoo Charter Township, have reviewed the possibility of allowing medical marihuana facilities within their jurisdiction.   Kalamazoo Charter Township’s discussions have included input from the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, township police department, township attorney and a number of interested residents and potential business owners that have attended a number of Township Board work sessions and meetings over the last several months.     As a culmination of the months long review process, the Kalamazoo Charter Township Board voted on November 13, 2017 to “opt in” and allow all five types of commercial medical marihuana facilities in the Township.  Currently, the Township Planning Commission is working to develop zoning ordinance regulations to identify appropriate locations for the facilities, along with the recommended approval process.  The Township’s zoning approval process will most likely include consideration of security issues, lighting, hours of operation, landscaping or buffering requirements, traffic impacts, spacing of marihuana facilities and setbacks from residential uses. 

                Interested Township residents may send comments to the Planning Commission, in care of the Township offices, and may also attend Planning Commission meetings to share their input. 

For a copy of the Draft Ordinance Click Here