Erie Township


Planning Commission

Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm
(meetings may occasionally be canceled due to a lack of business)

William Jacobs- Chairman
Danny Taylor – Vice Chair
Paul Perry-Secretary
Larry Guinn
Dave Cousino
Michael Grodi
Robert Schwartz

Kristine Crammond- Recording Secretary
Mike Demski – Building/Zoning Official

Zoning Board of Appeals

Meetings as needed

Cheryl Martin
Paul Perry
Tad Norts
Bill Frey

Mike Demski – Building/Zoning Official

Amended Zoning Ordinance

Notice is hereby given that a comprehensive review has been completed and an updated and revised zoning ordinance text regulating the development and use of land has been adopted by the Erie Township Board, for Erie Township, Monroe County, Michigan at a regular meeting held on May 8, 2018 and became Effective: May 24, 2018

The Erie Township Zoning Ordinance No. 117 was adopted July 12, 2016 and became effective August 5, 2016 and the Zoning Map was adopted May 13, 2014 and became effective June 1, 2014. Amendments were made as follows: Ordinance 117-A, effective 2-1-18 -Map Amendment; Ordinance 117-B, effective 5-24-18; Ordinance 117-C, effective 10-31-18; Ordinance 117-D, effective 12-27-18 -Map Amendment; Ordinance 117-E, effective 6-1-19.




Erie Township Zoning Ordinance – Map Amendment – Ordinance 117-A, effective 2-1-2018
Erie Township Zoning Ordinance – Text Amendments – Ordinance 117-B, effective 5-24-2018
Erie Township Zoning Ordinance – Text Amendments – Ordinance 117-C, effective 10-31-18
Erie Township Zoning Ordinance – Map Amendment – Ordinance 117-D, effective 12-27-18
Erie Township Zoning Ordinance – Text Amendment – Ordinance 117-E. effective 6-1-19
Erie Township Zoning Ordinance – Text Amendment – Ordinance 117-F, effective 12-28-2019

Proposed Lot Sizes Example

Keeping of Animals

The follow link will give you a PDF document outlining the provisions and property size requirements for the keeping of animals.


Marihuana Establishments

The Erie Township Board, on 12-11-2018 adopted Ordinance 122 to prohibit marihuana establishments within its boundaries, pursuant to Section 6(1) of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.

The Board also referred the issue of any possible future permitted use, for marihuana establishments or facilities, to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will be investigating this issue in the coming months.

Click the following link to review the ordinance: Erie Township Ordinance 122

Medical Marihuana Information - Facilities

House Bill 4209 has been signed by the Governor and enacts the “Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act” to do the following (in-part):

  • Provide for the licensure of marihuana growers, processors, secure transporters, provisioning centers, and safety compliance facilities.
  • Establish the licensure process within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
  • Create the Medical Marihuana Licensing Board within LARA to implement the Act, including the licensing process, and give the Board jurisdiction over the operation of all marihuana facilities.
  • Require provisioning centers to pay a tax on their retail gross income, and require the tax to be deposited in a new “Medical Marihuana Excise Fund”.
  • Require money in the Excise Fund to be distributed to municipalities and counties where marihuana facilities are located, the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and the State Police.

Before House Bill 4209 was enacted it was basically illegal to operate a Marihuana Business in Michigan. With this new law there will be a number of potential issues that may need to be addressed, including if or where Marihuana operations of facilities would be located in Erie Township. This issue and a draft Moratorium were discussed by the Planning Commission at the meeting on September 20, 2016. The Planning Commission formed a committee to review the law and recommended that the Erie Township Board adopt the Medical Marihuana Business Moratorium Ordinance to provide time for the Commission to review the new law and to make recommendations on how or if provisions need to be addressed for the Township.

On December 12, 2017 the Erie Township Board followed the recommendations of the Erie Township Planning Commission to NOT adopted provisions to permit Medical Marihuana Businesses in Erie Township. This decision was made after several meetings, a township survey and a Public Hearing was held to get community input.

Medical Marihuana Information - Home Occupation

Growing of Marihuana (Marijuana) at a home location in accordance with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act: PA 2008, Initiated Law 1, MCL 333.26421 et seq., as amended is a Home Occupation and requires a Special Use approval process with a hearing and a permit. The following information is the regulation and requirements of Zoning Ordinance number 117, as amended, Section 11.22 (C) Home Occupation, Class 2:

(C) Caregivers provided for in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act are considered to be Class 2 Home Occupations and shall comply with the following additional special performance standards.

  1. Caregiver home occupations are only permitted in detached single family dwellings and are not permitted in multi-family or apartment buildings.
  2. If the Caregiver is not the property owner, the property owner must consent, in writing, to the Home Occupation.
  3. Caregiver home occupations may not be located within 1,000 feet of any school or library, as defined by the Michigan Public Health Code, 1978 PA 368, as amended, MCL 333.7410, to insure community compliance with federal “Drug-Free School Zone” requirements and outside a 500 foot radius of any church or township park. This distance shall be measured from property line to property line. Only one (1) Caregiver Home Occupation may be permitted per parcel and must be operated only by a member or members of the immediate family residing on the premises.
  4. No Caregiver can devote more than 25 percent of his or her home or accessory structure to growing and dispensing medical marijuana. This space must be located within the single family dwelling (including basement), attached garage or accessory building, as long as all residential Building Code and State requirements are met.
  5. If the room in which plants are grown contains a window(s), and lighting in that room exceeds typical residential levels to support plant growth, the window(s) shall be shielded with shades, blinds or other devices to reduce light spillover to levels commonly associated with residential areas.
  6. The premises must be open for inspection upon request from the Building/Zoning Official, Fire Department and Police Department.
  7. The Caregiver must comply at all times with applicable laws and regulations in Michigan, and must be registered with, and possess, a valid State of Michigan Caregiver Registry Identification Card.
  8. All Medical Marijuana must be contained within an enclosed, locked facility inside a primary or accessory structure and the Home Occupation shall not be visible from the street nor change the outside appearance of the structures nor alter the residential character of the premises.
  9. A valid Zoning Permit shall be readily available for inspection at all times and such permit may be revoked, at any time, for any Home Occupation not in complete compliance with this section and/or the Special Use as approved.
  10. Zoning permits for a Caregiver Home Occupation shall be valid for no more than Two (2) years from date of issue, permits may be renewed on a bi-annual basis, by the Zoning Official, after an application is filed and provided the Home Occupation remains to conform to the original approval and the requirements of this section. Any Caregiver Home Occupation that has expired, been revoked or has found to not be in compliance with this section and/or original approval, shall be considered a new use and require application and review as such.


Caregiver: A person who is at least 21 years old who possesses marihuana plants and assists with a patient’s medical use of marihuana in accordance with all associated Michigan laws and regulations. A Caregiver possesses a Registry Identification Card issued by the State of Michigan and may assist not more than 5 qualifying patients with their medical use of marihuana.

Michigan Medical Marihuana Act: PA 2008, Initiated Law 1, MCL 333.26421 et seq., as amended.

Registry Identification Card: A card issued by the State of Michigan pursuant to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, that allows the medical use of marihuana by a visiting qualifying patient, or to allow a person to assist with a visiting qualifying patient’s medical use of marihuana.

For questions or to file an application, contact the Zoning Official by email: or call: 734-848-5915 ext.5