Land Division Act depth ratio
Our township ordinance requires the same 4:1 depth ratio as the LDA but we are considering removing that ratio requirement from our ordinance. What is the reason for the depth to width ratio in the LDA? If we require that the land division meets minimum size and width, is there a downside to our removing the 4:1 ratio from our ordinance? We have contemplated the many ways a parcel could be split, both with and without the depth to width ratio, and cannot find a compelling reason to keep the requirement.
Thank you for your inquiry. If you are going to deviate from the Land Division Act, I recommend that you first speak with your county assessing and equalization department and get their feedback on the idea of removing the 4:1 ratio requirement, and perhaps also engage your legal counsel to be sure that you are not creating any legal issues for future land divisions in your township. Here is a link to a general Land Division article from MSUE that outlines the basic requirements of the LDA. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/land_division_act_basics_for_landowners