Holland Charter Township is now in the early stages of the Comprehensive Master Plan Update process. The new Plan will not only address the many changes that the community has experienced since the last Plan was completed in 2014, but it will also focus on what’s likely to happen in the coming years, and how best to address those changes. Among other topics, the Plan will review the following:

• What areas of the Township would be best to accommodate residential, commercial, and industrial growth?

• In what ways can the Township manage future growth while best handling vehicular traffic and the other impacts from that growth?

• Should the Township focus on “infill” development, which utilizes vacant sites in existing developed areas, or on development at the fringes?

• What kinds of development layouts and patterns should be utilized in the future?

• What types of future residential development should the Township consider? What future trends will emerge with single-family homes, townhomes, multi-family, and other types of housing?

• How will the changes in retail shopping impact commercial areas of the community, such as the US-31 corridor? What future opportunities exist in these areas?

• How can natural resources best be preserved and enhanced to support the local environment?

• What opportunities exist for expansion of recreational opportunities and open spaces?

In addition to addressing the issues noted above with the new Plan, the Township will be adhering to the State requirement for communities in Michigan to adopt comprehensive plans as land use policy documents, with reviews or updates every 5 years.

As part of this process, the Township invites residents and businesses to participate in the Comprehensive Master Plan process. The Township website – and future newsletter editions – will have occasional updates and opportunities for public participation identified. For any questions concerning the Comprehensive Master Plan, please contact Mr. John D. Said, Director of Community Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (616) 796-9118.