TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Chapter 1

 

Introduction                                                                                                                      1

The Brooks Township Master Plan                                                                   1

The Brooks Township Master Plan - Legal Basis                                           2

The Master Plan and Zoning Relationship                                                       2

Building on a Foundation of Prior Planning Activity                                        3

How Does the Plan Impact Residents and Property Owners?                      4

Updating the Plan                                                                            4

 

Chapter 2

 

The Community                                                                                                                     5

            Brooks Township History                                                                                         5

                        Land Use Trends                                                                                          6

                        Brooks Township Historical Land Divisions Map - (prior to) 1955         7

                        Brooks Township Historical Land Divisions Map - 1955                         8

                        Brooks Township Historical Land Divisions Map - 1982                         9

                        Brooks Township Historical Land Divisions Map - 1998                         10

            Brooks Township Today                                                                                          11

                        Land Use Trends                                                                                          11

                        Existing Land Use                                                                                         12

                                    Single Family Residential                                                                13

                                    Multiple Family Residential                                                              13

                                    Existing Land Use Map                                                                    14

                                    Manufactured Housing                                                                     15

                                    Commercial                                                                                       15

                                    Industrial/Extractive                                                                           16

                                    Agricultural                                                                                         16

                                    Vacant Land                                                                                      16

                                    Public/Quasi-Public                                                                          16

                        Natural Features                                                                                 16

                                    Natural Features Map                                                              17

                                    Forest                                                                                       18

                                    Water Resources                                                                     19

                        Rare Species                                                                                      21

                                    Soils                                                                                         22

                                    Transportation                                                                          24

                                    Roadway Classifications                                                          24

                                    Description of Existing Roadway Infrastructure                       24

 

                                    Transportation Network Map                                                   25

                                    Roadway Character                                                                  26

                                    Existing Transportation Studies                                              26

                                                M-37 Corridor Study                                         26

                                    Roadway Improvements                                                          26

 

Demographics                                                                                                        28

            Data                                                                                                             28

                        Population                                                                                                 28

                        Housing Affordability                                                                                30

                        Income                                                                                                        30

                        Transportation                                                                                           31

 

Community Input                                                                                                                32

            Key Community Leader Input                                                                              32

                        Pressing Issues Facing the Planning Commission                              32

What Attracts People to Newaygo County and Brooks Township   33

                        Residential Growth Along Lakes and Rivers                                         33

                        Manufactured Housing                                                                             33

                        Commercial                                                                                               33

                        Industrial                                                                                                     34

                        Transportation                                                                                           34

            Citizen Input from the Public Informational Meeting                                          34

                        Residential Growth along Lakes and Rivers                                          34

                        Manufactured Housing                                                                             35

                        Commercial                                                                                               35

                        Industrial                                                                                                     35

                        Transportation                                                                                           35

                        Environment                                                                                               36

 

Chapter 3

 

Goals & Objectives                                                                                                           37

            Natural Features and Rural Character                                                                37

            Residential                                                                                                             38

            Commercial and Industrial                                                                                   39

            Public Service and Infrastructure                                                                         39

 

Chapter 4

 

Land Use Plan                                                                                                                   41

            Plan Districts                                                                                                         41

                        Public                                                                                                         41

                        Residential                                                                                                 42

                                    Rural Residential                                                                           42

                                    Low Density Residential                                                              43

                                    Medium Density Residential                                                        43

                                    High Density Residential                                                              44

                        General Commercial                                                                                45

                        Conservation Overlays                                                                             45

                                    Rural Character and Preservation Overlays                              45

                                    Highway Vista Conservation Overlay                                         46

                                    Greenbelt Conservation Overlay                                                 46

                        Industrial District                                                                                        46

                        Conservation Overlay Graphics                                                              48

            Future Land Use Map                                                                                           49

 

Appendix A 

 

            Brooks Township Key Community Leader Survey Responses           51

            Brooks Township Citizen Input Survey Responses                                           56