Rapid City and Clearwater Township, Gateway to the Chain of Lakes

Clearwater Township, located in the northwest quadrant of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, occupies an area of extraordinarily beautiful topography and is known regionally as the “Gateway to the Chain of Lakes.” Traversed by the Rapid River, bounded on the north by Torch Lake and on the west by the Torch River and Lake Skegemog, the Township is advantageously positioned along the major waterways of The Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed.  This watershed drains fourteen lakes, and their interconnecting rivers, in a 500 square mile area of land across Antrim, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse and Kalkaska Counties. The waters of this watershed finally reach the mouth of Elk River in Elk Rapids, where they flow into the Grand Traverse Bay and join Lake Michigan. 

Reflecting the important presence of these waterways in Clearwater Township, approximately one quarter of the Township’s land area is devoted to public recreational uses such as hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and camping in the summer and hunting, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, and cross-country skiing in the winter in the Township’s forests, conservation areas, rivers, lakes and streams.


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Zoning Board of Appeals - 4/24/23, 710/23, 10/9/23 & 1/8/24
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Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

7:00pm- 9:00pm
April 24th, July 10th, October 9th, 2023 and January 8th, 2024.
LRSH/Community Center

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May 16 Road Committee Meeting
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The Clearwater Township Public Road Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 PM in the Community Center, located at 5407 River St Rapid City Mi.
This will be an organizational meeting to discuss the committee's formation, and to create a plan regarding the prioritization of repair and maintenance of public roads throughout the township.
This committee will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, for the next several months, or until a comprehensive plan is established and presented to the Regular Township Board for approval.
Other items to be discussed will be the township's Road Fund, the township’s road millage, the current status of our township's roads, and estimated costs of repairs.
This meeting is open to the public and a draft agenda will be available prior to the meeting. Clearwater Township will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with special needs who plan to attend. Please contact the township clerk at 231 331-6249 or by email at clerk@clearwatertwp.com for arrangements.
Jim Leffew - Public Road Committee Chair

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Zoning Board Job Posting
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Clearwater Township Zoning Board of Appeals
Job Posting
ZBA Alternate Member

The Zoning Board of Appeals acts to hear
dimensional non-use variance requests by homeowners seeking to construct structures, such as a house or a garage, close to their property lines, when a proposed structure does not meet the minimum setbacks as listed in the Zoning Ordinance.
There are five regular members and there can be up to two alternates.
The regular members vote at the public hearings.
The ZBA would like to have interested candidates please apply to the Township to learn more about this process, so that they could become an alternate member, and then to become a regular member in the future.
The ZBA currently has 5 members and 1 alternate.
Seeking 1 candidate to be an alternate this year, at the present time.
Likely seeking another alternate candidate in 2024.
Please apply to the Supervisor or Clerk.

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Tire Waste Collection
Household Hazardous Waste
New Sheriff's Page
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In the interest of keeping the residents informed of what is happening currently in their community, the monthly Sheriff and Fire reports will be posted in the 'Government' drop down menu...You can find the initial Sheriff's report here:
Sheriff's Page

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Proposed Budget 2023
June 10th Twp Board Special Session
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Special Session

The Clearwater Township Board will meet on Saturday, June 10th at 10 am at the Community Center, 5407 River St.
This meeting is to present options from the Township Treasurer to resolve the Township’s banking issues. Other business of immediate concern may be conducted at this meeting.
This meeting is open to the public.
Tom Backers, Supervisor
Clearwater Township

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