Zoning and Campgrounds

Asked July 3, 2017, 1:24 PM EDT

Keweenaw County has a section in the zoning ordinance that a campground with five or more sites, must be located on a parcel of land no less than 10 Acres in size.

We are reviewing our ordinance regarding campgrounds and are wondering if the 10A is still legitimate and what do newer ordinances have.

We realize the state has regulations regarding site size, bathrooms requirements and such. We are wondering from a USE standing, what are other counties, townships doing.

Any help you can provide is appreciated.

Keweenaw County Michigan

1 Response

I cannot speak to Michigan best practices on campground design. However, Northern Arizona University suggests 10-12 sites can be accommodated per acre (http://www.prm.nau.edu/prm423/campgrounds_and_rv_parks_lesson.htm). This does not account for common bathroom or other recreation facilities. I have seen reference to Michigan DNR campground design guidelines, but have not been able to find them online. You might consider contacting a DNR representative - http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10366-121644--,00.html.