Riparian Ordinance Update

The Charter Township of Texas has been discussing the need for updates to the current riparian ordinances since before the flooding in 2018, when groundwater and lake levels did not recede following rain events as they had in years past. Now that the Township is on the home stretch with final permitting and eventual construction of a long-term solution, the Township Board has directed the Planning Department and Planning Commission to resume work on updating riparian ordinances to protect lakes, ponds, and streams within the Township, in addition to centralizing the ordinances for simplicity. On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the Planning Commission reviewed a draft Riparian District Ordinance which included the creation of a new district, and centralization of current and newly proposed ordinances to protect lakes, ponds, and streams. Based on the feedback received from the public and subsequent conversations, the Planning Department has determined that additional feedback from current riparian lot residents is needed before the process of updating the Ordinance can be resumed. 

The Planning Department will conduct a public listening session on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of learning more about current riparian challenges and discussing the upcoming riparian ordinance update process. You can participate in-person at the Township Hall Board Room, or via Zoom by following the link provided below. The purpose of this meeting is simply to listen to your comments, concerns, suggestions, etc. We want your input to gain a better understanding of current riparian challenges from residents that these regulations directly impact. Each resident will be given 3-minutes to speak during the listening session.

If you are unable to make it to the listening session, or prefer to provide your input in writing, please email Zoning Administrator, John Lovely, or mail/drop off a letter to Township Hall no later than end of day on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. 

February 15, 2023 Zoom Meeting Link:

  1. John Lovely

    Zoning Administrator
    Phone: 269-548-4305