The basic function of a township planning commission is to make and adopt a plan for the township’s land use development. In addition to private land use, the planning commission considers the general location of major streets, water and sewer systems and other public utilities and structures, and rehabilitation of blighted areas, location of public buildings, and flood prevention.

The planning commission is required to review any plats or subdivisions and make a recommendation prior to township board action. It also does site plan reviews and makes decisions on applications for special use permits and planned unit developments.

The township board decides on rezoning issues and amendments to the zoning ordinances after review and recommendation of the planning commission.

***********    Township Board Approves Distribution of Draft Master Plan     ************

On February 12, 2020 the Laketown Township Board approved the distribution of the draft township master plan. The draft mast plan is the culmination of nearly two years of work by the Laketown Township Planning Commission.

By approving the distribution of the plan the board allows the plan to be sent to our neighboring units of government and utilities that serve Laketown Township. The recipients of the notice then have 63 days to offer comments to the Planning Commission. After the 63 day window close the Planning Commission will review and consider the suggestions offered and adjust the plan as they desire. Then the Planning Commission will schedule a public hearing on the master plan. The date of that public hearing has not yet been set.

The draft plan can be viewed by clicking here.


For a copy of the 1991 Master Plan, click here.
For a copy of the 2005 Master Plan Update, click here.
For a copy of the 2005 Future Land Use Update, click here.
For a copy of the 2008 Laketown SubArea Plan, click here.

The Planning Commission meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the township office. Planning Commission members are Randy Becksvoort – Chair, Jim Johnson – Trustee, Dick Becker – Vice Chair, Marcia Perry, and Chad Nienhuis

Master Plan Workshops

The Planning Commission has started work on the Laketown Township Master Plan. There will be several workshops held for residents at the township hall. You can follow the progress and get more information at:
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Forms and Applications

PUD (Planned Unit Development) Application
Site Plan Review Application
Special Use Permit Application
Rezoning Application

Master Plan Workshops



Notice of 2020 Master Plan Public Hearing October 7, 2020