Township Board

All Township Board Members are elected and serve for four years.  The terms are not staggered and the election is held the same year as the Presidential election.  All meetings are held at the Township Hall, located at 7275 West Main Street.


Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is made up of six members from the community and one Township Board Member. The Planning Commission receives staff support from the Planning Department. The Planning Commission is responsible for maintaining the Master Land Use Plan, a living document that expresses the community’s vision for the future of Oshtemo. The Plan was originally adopted in 1993, the most recent amendment occurred in 2003.

The Zoning Ordinance is the tool to implement the Master Land Use Plan. Accordingly, all land use proposals and rezoning requests are reviewed to ensure consistency with both the Zoning Ordinance and the Master Land Use Plan. Occasionally it is appropriate to amend the Master Land Use Plan to ensure that is still reflects the type of community Oshtemo residents enjoy now and/or desire for the future.


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  • Cheri Bell – 3711 North 2nd Street

  • Frederick J. Antosz – 1089 N. 10th St

  • Kathleen Garland-Rike – 5178 Green Meadow Rd.

  • Mary Smith – 5061 Forest River Way

  • Bruce Vanderweele – 6330 Torrington Rd

  • Ollie Chambers – 6499 Killington Dr.

  • Dusty Farmer (Twp Board Liaison)

  • Julie Johnston (Staff)

  • Jim Porter (Staff – Attorney)


Zoning Board of Appeals

The basic responsibilities of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) includes:  variance requests, site plan review of permitted uses, ordinance interpretation, and appeals of administrative decisions.  The ZBA is made up of five members, two of which are liaisons from the Planning Commission and the Township Board.  All meetings are held at the Township Hall, located at 7275 West Main Street.



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  • L. Michael Smith – 9340 Greystone

  • Neil Sikora  – 9643 West KL Ave

  • Jim Sterenberg  – 4110 OakHarbor Street

  • Anita Smith (alternate) – 6612 Mickeys Trl.

  • Bob Anderson (alternate) 10948 West L Ave

  • Bruce Vanderweele (Planning Commission Liaison)

  • Nancy Culp (Twp Board Liaison)

  • Ben Clark (Staff)

  • Jim Porter (Staff – Attorney)


Board of Review

The Board of Review meets in March to review the property assessment roll that has been prepared by the Township Assessor, to hear appeals from property owners, and to correct the assessment rolls if necessary.  Appointed by the Township Board, they serve for two (2) years.  The dates listed below provide a total of at least 12 hours during the week of March 14, with at least 3 hours held after 6 p.m. as required by statute.

The tentative multipliers for each class of real property for 2015 are:  Agriculture 1.08390, Commercial 1.06429, Industrial 1.10718, Residential 1.07320, and Personal Property 1.0000 .

The Board of Review will be held at Oshtemo Township Hall, 7275 West Main Street.   Call the Assessor’s office 269-216-5225 for an appointment, or send an email to gro.omethso@rossessa.

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  • Kitty Gelling  – 7060 Hawthorn Valley

  • Fred Gould – 10130 West J Ave

  • Neil Sikora – 9643 West KL Ave

  • Kim Bourner (Alternate) – 2090 North 6th Street

  • Fred Antosz (Alternate) – 1089 N 10th Street

  • Libby Heiny-Cogswell

  • Kristine Biddle (Staff)


Board of Review Dates:

July 18, 2017 at 10 a.m.

December 12, 2017 at 10 a.m.


Downtown Development Authority

A Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a tool, established by the Michigan Legislature, that helps local communities become pro active in halting property value decline and/or helps a particular business area keep up with other areas of the community experiencing growth and/or reinvestment. Its establishment permits the capture and use of future tax increment funds generated in the area for improvements to the area.

The DDA was established by the Township Board on January 27, 2004. The DDA Board of Directors consists of the Township Supervisor and 12 members appointed by the Township Board.

They are responsible for the formulation and implementation of the Tax Increment Financing and Development Plan regarding the use of captured tax dollars in the DDA area, subject to Township Board approval.



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  • Bruce Betzler

  • Grant Taylor, Chairman

  • Ethan Sivewright

  • Millard Loy

  • Dick Skalski

  • Themi Corakis

  • Julie Hite

  • Mike Lutke

  • Jack Siegel

  • Rich MacDonald

  • Maria Dacoba

  • Jay Brown

  • Libby Heiny-Cogswell (Twp Supervisor)

  • Julie Johnston (Staff)



Capital Improvements Committee

The committee’s charge is to coordinate and fund capital improvement projects which make the best use of limited public dollars. Annually the CIC will develop a list of capital expenditures for the township, in the form of a Capital Improvement Plan and forward it to the Township Board for adoption.

Sewer & Water

The CIC will consider water and sewer improvements, develop the water and sewer long-range capital improvement plan, and hear appeals. The CIC will review proposed sewer and water rate increases, policy changes, and ordinance amendments. After completing their review, recommendations will be presented to the Township Board.

Roads

The upkeep of the local and primary roads is the responsibility of the Kalamazoo County Road Commission. However, the Township has authority to assist in the upkeep and maintenance of these roads. In addition, the oversight and control of the road rights-of-way, to deal with utilities, as well as traffic issues (including truck routes), rests with the Township.

The CIC will review the condition of the local roads, and after conferring with the Kalamazoo County Road Commission, make recommendations for needed improvements as funding is available.

The funding for these road projects comes from the following sources: The Kalamazoo County Road Commission receives Act 51 monies to maintain all the roads in the County. The Kalamazoo County Road Commission provides matching funds to assist with certain local road projects. The Township receives no direct state or local funding, and therefore uses General Fund monies and special assessments from property owners to support local road projects.

Sidewalk & Trail

The CIC will work to prioritize and implement the “Non-Motorized Facilities Plan”. If considered a trail, the CIC will work with the Parks Committee to implement the project.

Park Committee

The Park Committee consists of two Township Board members, two Citizen Representatives, and Township Staff.   They oversee the development of the Townships two parks, by responding to public interest and use of the Recreation Plan. Yearly development plans are created and a budget is prepared with monies transferred from the General Fund. There is no direct millage for Park development and maintenance. When a project is identified and estimates are obtained, a recommendation is sent to the Township Board.

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  • Libby Heiny-Cogswell (Twp Supervisor)

  • Deb Everett

  • Cheri Bell (Resident)

  • Paul Sotherland (At Large)

  • Karen High – Staff

  • Rick Everett – Staff



Friends of the Parks

The Mission of the citizen volunteers of Oshtemo Friends of the Parks is to promote the expanded stewardship and preservation of natural features within the community, to further the development and maintenance of existing and future parks in keeping with adopted park plans, and to effectively advocate Township parks as community resources for all to enjoy.

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Members



  • Pam Jackson

  • Matthew Hunt

  • Dennis Patzer

  • Deb Everett (Twp Board Liaison)

  • Libby Heiny-Cogswell (Twp Board Liaison

  • Karen High (Staff)


South Drake Road Corridor Improvement Authority (SoDA)

A corridor improvement authority (CIA) is a tool, established by the Michigan Legislature to assist local communities with funding improvements in a commercial corridor by permitting the capture and use of future tax increment funds generated in the designated area.

The SoDA was established by the Township Board on March 18, 2014.  The Board of Directors consists of the Township Supervisor and eight members; the majority must represent the designated area, appointed by the Township Board.

They are responsible for the formulation and implementation fo the Development and Tax Increment Financing plans, subject to Township Board approval.

Schedule of Meeting Dates: 

Members

  • Galen Rike (Resident)
  • Cheri Jodoin (Resident)
  • Joe Gesmundo, AVB (Developer)
  • Dale Shugars (County Rep)
  • Corey Ashley, Grp. Mktg. Cvcs., (Business Rep)
  • Kelly Bringman, Nottingham Apts. (Mgr)
  • Dennis Patzer, At Large (School Admin)
  • Theresa Spurr (Spurr Dental)
  • Libby Heiny-Cogswell (Twp Board Liaison)
  • Julie Johnston (Staff)
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Upcoming Events


Notice Board

2018 Development Review Deadlines
Posted on December 7, 2017

2018-2023 Capital Improvement Plan (Adopted)
Posted on December 4, 2017

Township Board Special Meeting 11/17/2017
Posted on November 16, 2017

DDA Open House Material 10/5/2017
Posted on October 13, 2017

Sewer Project on KL Avenue
Posted on October 6, 2017

BTR Park 2.0 Project Update
Posted on September 22, 2017

New Interactive Township Map
Posted on September 15, 2017

Township Board Special Meeting 9/22/2017
Posted on September 15, 2017

Township Board Special Meeting 9/19/2017
Posted on September 15, 2017

Maple Hill South Sub-Area Plan Open House
Posted on August 28, 2017