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TO COLFAX TOWNSHIP
Colfax Township is situated
in the southeast corner of beautiful Benzie County in Michigan's northwest Lower
Peninsula. Its residents enjoy the area's quiet rural character yet have the convenience
of services offered in nearby Benzonia and the villages of Thompsonville and Beulah.
The larger cities of Manistee, Cadillac and Traverse City are an easy drive from
the township, between 29 to 39 miles away. The township is about 40% state land with
a population of 657 residents according to the 2010 census.
Colfax Township offers residents and visitors a variety of seasonal activities.
- Early spring is a great time to
enjoy the outdoors, and the township has over ten thousand acres of state land to
explore, much of it along the Betsie River. Don't forget your camera!
- In May the hunt is on for morel
mushrooms just as trilliums begin to bloom.
- During the summer the Betsie River
is well-known for canoeing, kayaking, tubing and fishing and offers many access points.
- The Betsie is a designated Natural
River and an important natural resource that runs through the entire township.
- Camping at the township's rustic
Lake Campground on the
Betsie River and golfing at nearby Crystal Mountain Resort are also popular summer activities.
- Salmon fishing takes center stage
in September (check the DNR website for rules and dates).
- There are many trails to travel
on state land throughout the year by foot, bike or horseback and are especially spectacular
when fall colors are in full display.
- Winter months offer outdoor enthusiasts
many choices, including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing
ORVs/ATVs are permitted in the
township only on designated roads (not on state land or trails) in accordance with
the Benzie County ORV Ordinance. A current year State of Michigan ORV sticker
|NOTICES of UPCOMING EVENTS:
June 9, 2018
||Township Cleanup Day. Drop-off
hours are 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Gallagher Road at Industrial Park Drive in the Village.
Cards will be mailed to property owners and must be presented. See the Community
News, Information and Events
page for important details.
||An approved zoning permit is
required for certain land uses and in some cases prior to issuance of a permit by
Benzie County. Some examples include adding or changing a dwelling, garage, shed
or structure; installing a sign, fence, solar panels or swimming pool; operation
of certain home occupations or a commercial business; and demolition of a structure.
Some permits are issued without a fee; an additional fee may apply for not obtaining
a zoning permit in advance. Also, there are land uses that do not require a permit
but must meet zoning ordinance requirements. A violation of the zoning ordinance
may result in fines and costs and correction or removal of the violation by court
order. Find out about permits and requirements by contacting the interim zoning administrator
Mark Draeger at 231-378-4135 (alternate contact: Shelley Greene, 231-378-2334) or
checking the Joint
Zoning Ordinance in this
||YOUR township needs help. Residents
in the Township and the Colfax side of the Village are needed to fill vacancies for
Library Board, Election Officials, Board of Review and Joint Planning Commission.
no experience is necessary, none of the positions require a lot of time
and most of them offer compensation. Thank you to those who have signed up! To learn
more, call Ron Evitts at 231-383-1749 or Shelley Greene at 231-378-2334.
||A new joint zoning ordinance
went into effect May 15, 2015 for Colfax Township, Weldon Township and the Village
of Thompsonville. See the following links:
Thompsonville Area Zoning Ordinance
Thompsonville Area Zoning Map
These and the zoning permit
applications are on the Documents
and Forms page.
[Posted 5/23/2015, updated 5/31/2015]