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A virtual meeting has been scheduled for the Ovid Township Planning Commission on March 2, 2021 @ 6PM.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the normal business of Ovid Township Planning Commission.  The meeting will be held virtually per Public Act 228 of 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

All voting members of the Planning Commission will be participating electronically.

The general public may participate in the meeting electronically by using the Zoom link or dial-in phone number below, which will allow for two-way communication during public comment periods and allow for the general public to view and hear all comments of the voting members of the Planning Commission.

Ovid Township is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Planning Commission Regular Meeting
Time: Mar 2, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 825 2620 5653

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Residents can contact members of the Planning Commission in advance of the meeting to provide input or ask questions on any business that will come before the Planning Commission.  Contact information is available on the Ovid Township website or can be obtained by contacting the Zoning Administrator at (517) 462-8416.

If you require accommodations to participate in or view the meeting due to a disability, please contact the Zoning Administrator at (517) 462-8416.

DRAFT Resolution – February 24, 2021
Solar Energy Master Plan Language



An Ordinance text amendment has been adopted by the Ovid Township Board, Branch County, MI. Public notice is hereby given that the Ovid Township Board approved the amendment, which included revisions to the zoning ordinance of Ovid Township. These amendments shall take affect 7 days following this publication. A copy of the proposed amendments is on file in the Township office and may be examined by interested persons at by contacting the Ovid Township Zoning Administrator at localzoning@outlook.com or at ovidtownship.org

Township Board Adoption:  February 8, 2021
Publication Date:  February 12, 2021
Effective Date: Feb 19, 2021


Budget Hearing and Regular Board Meeting

When: Mon Mar 8, 2021 7pm – 10pm Eastern Time - Detroit
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85779153324 (map)
Who: ovidtwpclerk@gmail.com - organizer

Ovid Township is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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March Board of Review

March 10th sessions: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm,  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
March 12th sessions: 9:00 am – 12 Noon, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tentative Rules pending clarification from the State of Michigan.

This year both residents & non-residents may appeal by mail, or by
dropping off Form L-4035 at the Township Hall, or at SM Assessing
Service, 20 W Chicago Street, Coldwater, MI 49036.

Form L-4035 is available on the Ovid Township website (CLICK HERE). When filling out the form; make sure that the address in the certification area is the address you wish the Board’s decision to be mailed to. Forms must in our hands by March 8th, 2021.


Notice of Retail Marihuana License Applications

Pursuant to Ovid Township Ordinance # 29 and 30, Ovid Township will be accepting applications for Retail Marihuana Licenses.
These ordinances provide for two (2) Retail Marihuana establishments in the Ovid Township Enterprise Zone, located in the area of Fenn Road and I-69.
The application acceptance period will run from February 1, 2021 through April 30, 2021.  The application is located under Forms.  Aforementioned ordinances can be found under Ordinances.  There will be no cap on the number of applications available.
Any questions can be directed to the Ovid Township Clerk or the                Zoning Administrator.
Amy Havasy – Ovid Township Clerk
Winter Tax Collection
For information regarding Winter 2020 Tax Collection please

In an effort to protect our residents and staff from the spread of Covid-19, and in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, the Ovid Township offices will conduct business through our service window.
Elected Officials and the zoning administrator are available via phone, email, mail, and the drop box located on the north drive of the parking lot.
The zoning administrator is available during regular posted hours and zoning items will be addressed on a case by case basis. 

Thank you, 
Ovid Township Board of Trustees




Please note new office hours for the Ovid Township Zoning Administrator

Feel free to contact Bob via phone, in person during posted hours, or email
(note the new zoning email address) for all of your Ovid Township zoning needs


Bob Hawley, Zoning Administrator, is available on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. 



Notice: Click here to review the Township policy for blocked roadways


Branch County Building Department Checklist - Click HERE






NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that, effectively immediately, Ovid Township shall require all contractors and property owners proposing to construct any impervious surface or structure less than nine inches in height (examples: decks, walkways, sidewalks, driveways, etc) on private property in the WR (Waterfront Residential) Zoning District to obtain a zoning permit prior to beginning work. The purpose of the zoning permit shall be to ensure compliance with the Township’s Zoning Ordinance, which restricts the maximum percentage of impervious surface on a lot in the WR District to 50% of the lot area (see Section 12.01).


Greg Gemmill, Supervisor

Russ Jennings, Zoning Administrator



Publication Date: July 9th, 2018

For the complete ordinance, please click on "Ordinances" at the top of the page.


Ovid Township is located in south-central Branch County in the south-central region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Ovid Township is bordered on the north by Coldwater Township, on the west by Bethel Township, on the south by Kinderhook Township, and on the east by Algansee Township. The township is primarily rural and agricultural in character. Interstate 69 bisects the township connecting it to the cities of Coldwater and Lansing to the north and Angola and Fort Wayne, Indiana to the south.

Samuel Baker established the first settlement in Ovid in July, 1836. In the spring of 1837, the legislature officially organized the township.

Lakes are a dominant feature of Ovid Township. They are scattered throughout the 36 square miles. However, one lake in particular, Coldwater Lake, has a significant impact on the township. Coldwater Lake has a surface area of 1,610 acres, 1,292 of which are located in Ovid Township. It is the largest of many lakes in the township, it is at the southern end of a chain of lakes that stretch across Branch County.



Ovid Township Hall built in 2002,
destroyed by fire in 2017.
Ovid Township
Original Ovid Township Hall replaced with a new building in 2002
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