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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.

School has started. Please be aware of students waiting at bus stops and walking to school, slow down where you know children may be present  and please don't drive distracted.  

Upcoming Board Meetings

Regular Meeting 7:30 p.m. October 22, 2018

Special Work Session 5:30 p.m. October 22, 2018

Regular Meeting 7:30 p.m. November 13, (Tuesday) 2018

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


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


Notice of Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
Click Here for full notice

Notice of Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment 605 and 606 proposed for adoption at the General meeting on October 22, 2018. Click Here.

Notice of Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday, November 1, 2018.
Click Here for full notice.

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News & Alerts

Click Here for the 2018 Fall Edition of  
the Kalamazoo Township Newsletter

Employment Information for 
Kalamazoo Township Click Here

New Open Burn Rules video
from PMN Click Here

Summer 2018 Newsletter
Click Here

PMN Medical Marijuana Roundtable video
Click Here

PMN Video from Police Chief Swearing
In Ceremony. Click Here

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

Bike Route Article, 
2nd Wave Media 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.


News & Events

Proposed Ordinance 607, rezoning three parcels on Nazareth Rd. will be brought before the Planning Commission for public hearing on November 1, 2018. Click here for the proposed ordinance.

Proposed Zoning Amendment  #Ordinance 606, providing standards and restrictions for packaged liquor sales in the RM-2 District Zoning Classification will be considered for adoption by the board on October 22, 2018. To read proposed ordinance Click Here.

Proposed Zoning Amendment Ordinance # 605, adjusting the total permitted accessory building size based upon the size of the parcel will be considered for adoption by the board on October 22, 2018.. To read proposed ordinance. Click Here

The Kalamazoo Charter Township Sidewalk Ordinance 604 was accepted for first reading at a meeting of the Board of Trustees on September 10, 2018. The ordinance was adopted on September 24, 2018. To read the proposed ordinance, Click Here.

Ordinance No 603 was adopted on August 27, 2018. Passage of the ordinance rezones property addressed as 3315 Ravine Road from the existing I-2 Industrial District Zoning Classification to the C-1 Commercial District Zoning Classification. Click Here for a copy of the ordinance.

Ordinance No. 602 was adopted on August 13, 2018. This ordinance amends the Zoning Ordinance by changing the definition of "commercial vehicles and equipment", removes the definition of "junk", amends the commercial parking provisions for residential zoning districts; amends the recreational vehicle parking provisions; provides for an effective date; and repeals conflicting ordinances.  

Ordinance No. 601 text amendments to the Kalamazoo Charter Township Zoning Ordinance Article 8, Section 8.02 V.V. were adopted on June 25, 2018.

Ordinance No. 597 Outdoor Burning Ordinance was adopted on  May 14, 2018 to be Effective on June 20, 2018

Click here for options for dealing with your yard waste.

Ordinance No. 598 Fire Review Standards Ordinance was adopted on May 29, 2018 to be effective on June 6, 2018.

Ordinance No. 599 Portable Structure Ordinance was adopted on May 29, 2018 to be effective on July 5, 2018.

Ordinance No. 600 Mobile Food Trucks and Trailer Fire Safety Requirements Ordinance was adopted on May 29, 2018 to be effective on July 5, 2018.


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?


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. 



If you need information about your property taxes chances are you can get it without calling by clicking TAX INFORMATION. The last day to pay winter taxes is February 14, 2019.

Medical Marijuana Ordinance Passed

The Township's Application for Medical Marijuana Facility is now available. 

The Township will begin accepting applications on March 1, 2018.

Click Here for application instructions

Click Here for application

The Township's zoning ordinance for medical marijuana facilities went through a public hearing with the Planning Commission on February 8 and was given to the Board of Trustees for first reading on February 12. The Board of Trustees voted to adopt  the ordinance at a special meeting on February 20. 

To read the ordinance 595 Click here.

For a map showing Kalamazoo Township zoning and approximate buffer zones Click Here

 The following attached ordinance was adopted by the Kalamazoo Township Board on November 27, 2017 with an amendment changing the application date from December 1, 2017 to March 1, 2018.The Ordinance sets no limit for the number of marijuana facilities located in the Township. The number of facilities may be limited by the number of parcels available that meet the zoning requirements. (See ordinance at top of article.)

For a copy of Ordinance 591 Click Here

Brief History of Medical Marijuana in Michigan

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.