Letter to Developers
Welcome to Green Oak Charter Township!
One of our many goals as stated within our Master Plan is to maintain the rural character of the Township by ensuring that existing and future development is in harmony with Green Oak Charter Township's unique natural resources and that abundant open space is preserved. As members of the Green Oak Charter Township Planning Commission, we embrace this goal and encourage our applicants to do the same.
Many techniques are available to preserve open spaces within developments. These techniques may involve greater planning and review on the part of the Township and the developers, but often add to the development's value and success in the long run. Even in highly developed areas, open space preservation can protect attractive or sensitive natural areas while providing residents with wooded lots, trails, parks, or other benefits.
One such technique would be to submit your project as a P.U.D. (Planned Unit Development) whether it is for a residential, commercial, or industrial use. P.U.D.s' preserve open space, natural features and farmland by permitting sufficient flexibility in the development process to allow significant land areas to be set aside for preservation. You are able to develop portions of the site while maintaining significant areas of open space helping to maintain the rural character of the Township. In fact, it is that same "rural character" and charm that will be drawing the attention of your potential home buyers and tenants.
Another technique you might want to consider is Cluster Housing. Much like a PUD you are able to develop portions of the site while maintaining significant areas of open space helping to maintain the rural character of Green Oak Township.
We realize that every community experiences change. It may be positive or negative, rapid, or gradual. Whatever changes a township experiences, the challenge is to manage that change in a manner that improves the “quality of Life” in the township. This is what we plan to achieve. This is what we hope you seek with your development.
We look forward to seeing your application and working with you in the future.
The Green Oak Charter Township Planning Commission