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Ordinance Amendment Public Hearing Notice
TAKE NOTICE that the Sparta Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday October 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the Township offices at 160 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan to discuss and consider the following ordinances that would amend Chapter 82 “Zoning”.
#17-02 - AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE SPARTA VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES 82-112 “FENCES AND WALLS”.
#17-03 – AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE SPARTA VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES 82-63 “Y DEFINITIONS” TO ADD SECONDARY FRONT YARD LANGUAGE
#17-04 – AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE SPARTA VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES 82-113 “INTERSECTION VISIBILITY”
#17-05 – AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE SPARTA VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES ARTICLE VII “SIGNS” AND SECTION 82-466 "OFF-STREET PARKING & LOADING" & SECTION 82-386 "SPECIAL LAND USE" FOR LANGUAGE RELATED TO SIGNS
A full copy of the proposed Ordinances #17-02, 17-03, 17-04 and #17-05 is available in the Village Office for review between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the address below. Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard regarding this proposed amendment. Written comments will be received by the Village Manager at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan 49345 until 5:00 p.m. on October 2, 2017.
Rezoning Public Hearing Notice
The Village of Sparta Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday October 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Sparta Township Office, located at 160 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan to consider a rezoning request from the Village of Sparta. The request is to rezone the following parcels from R-1 Single Family Residential to R-2 Single Family Residential:
- 49 Loomis Street (Parcel #41-05-14-379-007)
- 300 Gunn Street (Parcel #41-05-14-379-011)
A copy of the rezoning application is available for public inspection at the Village Office at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Any interested parties will be heard during the public hearing portion of the meeting. If you would prefer to send written comments, please forward them to the Village Manager by 5:00 p.m. Monday October 2, 2017.
Village Manager/Zoning Administrator
Village Creates Code Enforcement Plan
This year the Village is implementing a new Code Enforcement Ordinance Plan so that residents and property owners can understand the process and ensure that all issues are dealt with in similar fashion. This consistency will allow the Village to more appropriately handle code enforcement complaints and violations. The Village will review this document and update as necessary to ensure it is the best plan for the Village of Sparta.
Click the link below to see the full plan.
Download a File:
2017 Village Code Enforcement Plan
Welcome to the Village of Sparta, a great place to raise a family and grow a business. The warm and friendly Village of Sparta is located just north of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Sparta Is Tradition. On this website, you'll find information about our parks, history, finances, and departments of the Village, as well as important links to the community, resources and document downloads.
Whether you are a long-time resident or new to the area, we want to help you, and we are glad you're here.
Dispose of Expired or Unwanted Prescription Drugs
Did you know the Village of Sparta provides a Safe Prescription Drug Drop-Off program to the community? Residents can drop off unused or expired prescriptions into a secure box - no questions asked. The drop off location is in the lobby of the Sparta Police Department at 260 W. Division St. Sparta, MI 49345.
What should NOT be placed in drop off container:
- Narcotics and other controlled substances
- Illicit drugs
- Bloody and infectious waste
- Needles or other sharp objects
- IV Bags
- Personal care products
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aerosol cans
- Empty medication containers
Police officers will check the boxes daily, collect the contents and prepare for disposal that is eco-friendly and in accordance with Federal and State laws. If you have any additional questions please contact the Sparta Police Department at 616-887-8716.
Village News & Notes
Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing
TAKE NOTICE that the Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the basement of the Township offices at 160 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan to consider the following variance request from the property owner located at 334 W. Division St. (parcel #41-05-22-201-003).
Dimensional variance request of 1.5 feet from Section 82-174 R-1 Single Family Site Development Side Yard Setback minimum requirement of 7 feet for principal structure to allow for a 5.5 foot side yard setback.
Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard as to the requested variance. Written comments will be received by the Village Manager up to 5:00 p.m. on October 11, 2017 at the address below. Copies of the ZBA application are available for public inspection at the Village Office at 156 E. Division, Sparta, Michigan between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2016
The Village of Sparta has completed our 2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. Please click the link below to read the report.
Download a File:
2016 CCR Report (MS Word)
2017 Brush Pick-Up Schedule
For Village of Sparta Residents
The Village of Sparta DPW will begin brush pickup starting on April 3, 2017. Brush will be picked up the First Full Work Week of each month.
Brush Must Be Curbside By 7:00 a.m. Monday of the week the brush is scheduled to be picked up.
Brush size will be limited to a maximum diameter of four inches (4”). Only branches, trees, and limbs smaller than four inches (4”) in diameter will be picked up by the Village crews. Any limbs or branches larger than four inches (4”) in diameter will be left curbside. The 2016 pick-up schedule is as follows:
Brush Pick-Up Schedule:
Please place brush between sidewalk and curb, NOT in the street, with cut ends lying in the same direction. Monthly brush pick will end October 6, 2017. Just a reminder – the Village does NOT pick up leaves, garden waste or grass clippings during brush pickup. Village residents can drop leaves, garden waste, grass clippings and brush not larger than 4” in diameter at the Village of Sparta DPW at 276 W. Division Street during regular work hours. NO commercial dumping. NO stumps larger than 4” in diameter. ID’s may be checked before you unload to confirm village residency. Also as a reminder, Christmas Trees can be dropped off at the DPW starting the Monday after Christmas.
If you have any questions, please call The Village Office at (616) 887-8251 or the DPW staff at (616) 887-9303.
History of Sparta
The first settlers who arrived in the area of Sparta, Michigan in 1844 discovered rich land and abundant streams.
The first railroad reached Sparta in 1872, linking the community with Grand Rapids and ensuring the progress and prosperity of the area.
Most of Sparta’s settlers were farmers. Today, along with its agricultural and industrial base, Sparta has developed services from banking to retail and offers easy access to a major metropolitan area.
Sparta has two museums in operation today reflecting on the history of the establishment of Sparta with the Myers Schoolhouse Museum and the T.S. & M Railroad Depot.
Learn More about the History of Sparta