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Village Council Adopts New Ordinances to handle Garage Sales and Junk/Rubbish in the Village

The Village of Sparta Planning Commission and Village Council have been busy reviewing and approving ordinance amendments and additions to try and deal with issues that generate frequent complaints from Village residents. The Village always reaches out to a property owner and warns them of a violation prior to issuing a municipal civil infraction ticket for the violation. Village staff prides themselves on working with all citizens to gain compliance without resorting to writing a ticket. Below is a summary of the newly adopted ordinances which will be available online for complete review.

Ordinance #16-04: An Ordinance to regulate Junk, Trash and Rubbish in the Village of Sparta. This ordinance will address items or debris that are stored outside of the home that create a nuisance to neighbors and people living in the community. The list of materials that are prohibited from being stored on property unless in an enclosed structure such as a garage or shed: building materials (unless property owner received an approved permit), appliances, many types of equipment, lawn mowers, indoor furniture and a number of other items that are detailed in the full ordinance.  

Ordinance #16-05: An Ordinance to regulate Garage and Yard Sales in the Village of Sparta. The Village doesn’t currently have any ordinances that would restrict the length of a garage sale, this became an issue over the summer when the Village received a number of complaints regarding properties holding extended garage sales that would go well beyond the traditional garage sale timeline. Staff reviewed how other communities in West Michigan handle garage sales and crafted an ordinance that will allow residents to have up to 2 garage sales per year for the maximum period of 4 days per garage sale. This will allow residents to hold garage sales but to ensure that they don’t turn into a nuisance for surrounding property owners.

Please click the link below to see the ordinance language. 

Village of Sparta Planning Commission

The purpose of the Planning Commission is to prepare and adopt physical plans for the Village and review development proposals, both private and public as set forth in the Michigan Zoning Act, MCL 125.3801 et seq. The Planning Commission also acts in an advisory capacity for matters referred by the Village Council. The Planning Commission reviews the preliminary Capital Improvement Plan.

The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 pm on the first Monday of each month. The meetings are held in the basement of the Township Hall, located at 160 E. Division St. Sparta, MI 49345.

How do I apply for site plan review?

1. Fill out a site plan review application. You can download the application from the link below this article.

2. Contact the Village Manager and discuss your proposed application. This will serve as a preliminary review to help iron out details of your plan prior to Planning Commission review.

3. Submit your completed application to the Village Manager at least 30 days prior to the next scheduled Planning Commission meeting and pay the associated fee.

4. Attend the Planning Commission meeting for project review and potential approval.

Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

Planning and Zoning Information

Download Document:
2015 Master Plan Document (PDF)

Download Document:
Zoning Map (PDF)

The Village of Sparta is required to provide an annual report of its Planning Commission activities for each calendar year. This report is to fulfill Article II, Section 19 of Public Act 33 of 2008 (Michigan Planning Enabling Act). Click the links below to view these reports.

Download Documents:
2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report

Planning Commission Board Members

Kristi Dougan (council rep), term expires 12/31/2018
Jayne Paasch (council rep), term expires 12/31/2019
Josh Paas, (Vice Chair), term expires 12/31/19
Dwayne Pride term expires 12/31/2017
Rose Frederick, term expires 12/31/2017
Chad Fisk, term expires 12/31/18
William Hayes, (Chairman), term expires 12/31/2018
Hudson Miller, term expires 12/31/2018

Vacant Seat term expires 12/31/2017

Planning and Zoning Contact

Planning and Zoning Administrator:
Julius Suchy

156 E. Division St.
Sparta, MI 49345

Phone: (616) 887-8251
Email: Julius Suchy