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Ordinance Enforcement Officer
Zoning Administrator


Board of Review
Day Park Advisory Committee
Fire Department
Planning Commission
Torch Bay Nature Preserve
Torch Lake Township Board
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)


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View election information


Full roster


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View a complete list of forms
and applications


Zoning Ordinance
Zoning Ordinance Amendments
Police Power Ordinances
Land Use Plan


Minutes for past meetings


Miscellaneous documents

Welcome to
Torch Lake Township

Nestled between Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay and Torch Lake, Torch Lake Township is a community of about 1,200 full time locals - coupled with additional summer residents and vacationers.

Click here for the Supervisor's update on the Zoning Administrator

Supervisors corner

The Board had a very productive April meeting as we identified the interim replacements for the Zoning Administrators role. Please see the update with that information by clicking the “Click Here” above for the details.

We also increased the hourly rate for our Ordinance Enforcement Officer role from $20 to $30 per hour. As of this date, we still have no one that has applied for the role, but we will keep searching as this is a critical role for our community.

MAY will be another busy month. The Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals will both be in action. You can check their agendas and documents under the “Meetings and Hearings” box below.

We have two vacancies on our Day Park Advisory Committee. Anyone interested can send me a quick email. We are heading into our busy season with the park so having a full Committee is important.

We still are in need for Park Attendants as well. This is a great opportunity for local students to get involved with their community while earning a few extra dollars. Contact Virginia Hawkins in the Clerk’s office for more details.

As a reminder, I post the agenda and documents for each Board meeting on our website. This allows our community to know what will be discussed and acted upon at the meeting. This month’s agenda will be posted Thursday morning, May 13, with the documents related to “Agenda items for Board Action” posted by 5 PM the same day.

Bill Petersen, our Deputy Supervisor and leading the Capital Outlay Projects, is moving forward on many fronts. Make sure you check out his monthly report to see his progress on the long list of items he is working to complete during this summer season.

Finally, as previously mentioned, we have potential openings for membership on the ZBA and Planning Commission. If you are interested in either of these, you can send a quick email to me so that we may discuss each of the roles. In addition, we have a special training program for these areas on May 13 at 6 PM at the Community Service Building. Feel free to join us for that program.

As always, please feel free to contact me either by phone or email.


Phone numbers:

Office: 231-599-2036, ext 104

Cell: 231-330-8978 between 9 AM and 5 PM. Feel free to leave a message.

Board of Review

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Day Park Advisory Committee

Date: 5.5.21 (12 PM)
Meeting type:
Regular meeting

View the agenda

Planning Commission

Date: 5.11.21
Meeting type:
Regular meeting and hearing

View the amendment application

Torch Lake Township Board

Nothing scheduled at this time.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Date: 5.12.21 (7 PM)
Meeting type:
Regular meeting and two hearings

View the agenda

View the Baruzzini appeal

View the Grace appeal

Other committees, groups and hearings

Nothing scheduled at this time.




TLT is Seeking an Ordinance Enforcement Officer

Torch Lake Township is looking for an experienced Ordinance Enforcement Officer or individual with Enforcement background. Compensation up to $30 per hour based on experience.

The job description and employment application are available below. A completed employment application, resume and letter of introduction are due at the township offices, or mail to P.O. Box 713, Eastport, Michigan 49627 on or before Friday May 14, 2021.

View the job description.

View the employment application.

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Come and Play in the Day Park!

“We Need You!” for spring clean-up in the Day Park (to pull weeds and plant new perennials in the area around the park entrance sign).

Please consider joining us Wednesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 13 between Noon and 3 PM or 6 PM until (an undetermined time).

Bring your garden tools if available – and we’ll supply the water to drink. Thanks in advance from the Park Committee!

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TLT is Seeking Day Park Applicants

TLT is seeking applicants for seasonal employment in the William K. Good Day Park ($13-15/hour). If interested please either mail your application (Torch Lake Township Attention:  Day Park Committee; PO Box 713, Eastport, MI 49627 ), fax it to (231) 599-2981 or drop it off at TLT's Community Services Building (address below).

View the job description.

View the employment application.

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New Covid-19 Rules for the TLT Community Services Building

While not fully re-opened for walk-in business during normal hours of operation, TLT now has in place particular rules for both the health of the community and our staff members.

View the release notes and rules.

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TLT Secures Advanced Life Support (ALS) Services

As of March 20, 2020, advanced life support (ALS) services are now available for Township
residents through our EMS department.

Read the announcement.

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TLT Community Services Building Closed

Torch Lake Township closed its offices to the public on Monday March 16, 2020 - and until further notice.

Meanwhile, if you need township assistance, please call 1-231-599-2036 during normal business hours. You may also contact Supervisor Bob Cook at supervisorcook@torchlaketownship, cell phone (231) 330-8978 or Treasurer Sharon Schultz at (231) 676-0272. 

As always, call 911 for medical or fire emergencies.

The Drop Box inside the front door at the township office is available 24/7.

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TLT Boat Launch Application

We have revised TLT's boat launch permits. If you use TLT's boat launches you need a new permit.

View details
Open the application

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Election Results

View the 2020 TLT General Election Results.

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Do You Know That TLT Has A Notary Public?

TLT Treasurer Sharon Schultz offers Notary services to TLT residents. Call Sharon at (231) 599-2036 or email her at

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Map and Directions to TLT's
Community Services Building

Click here to view a map too TLT's Community Services Building.

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View the area's community events calendar.

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Regular TLT Board, PC and ZBA Meeting Schedules

View TLT's Zoning Board of Appeals 2021 meeting schedule.

View TLT's Planning Commission 2021 meeting schedule.

View TLT's Board 2021 meeting schedule.

View TLT's Meeting and Meeting Notice Policies.

From the Department of State Passport Services:
Due to public health measures to limit spread of the corona-virus, all passport agencies are closed to the public until further notice and appointments will not be accepted. Customers may continue to apply for their renewals through the mail. Customers may go to for the latest information.

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Street address: 2355 N US-31 | Kewadin, MI 49648
Mailing address: Post Office Box 713 | Eastport, MI 49627
Phone (231) 599-2036 | Fax (231) 599-2981
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