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Welcome to Portland Township

Township Calendar


Portland Township Board Meetings

February 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm  (note date change)


All meetings will be at the Portland Township Hall

located at 773 E Grand River Ave, Portland


Portland Township Planning Commission Next Meeting:


March 7, 2018


All meetings will be at the Portland Township Hall

located at 773 E Grand River Ave, Portland


Portland Township ZBA Meeting


Meets only as Applications are Received

All meetings will be at the Portland Township Hall



Pending Applications:





Public Notices

Notice of Zoning Ordinance Map Amendments

Notice of Ordinance Adoption amending the Planning Commission membership from 9 to 7 persons

(Click on Township Ordinances to view ordinance)

 Notice of Adopted Amendments to the Land Division Ordinance

Land Division Ordinance Amendment Document

New Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) procedures go in effect on July 1, 2015.  There are 4 related documents that the Township Board adopted which are listed below.


FOIA Adopted Resolution of Policy and Procedure

FOIA Policy and Procedures

FOIA Summary of Guidelines

FOIA Itemization Cost Sheet



Portland Township has placed a survey of questions for the residents and land owners in the December tax bills.  Click below to see the survey.

2017 Township Survey

See opposite page for latest recycling information.

City of Portland Information

The City just started the process of creating a new 5 year Master Plan for its Parks & Recreation Department. As the Township residents use a lot of our parks & recreation resources/activities, it’s important that we get feedback from both City and Township residents. We are circulating a survey for residents to complete and I would ask your help in spreading the word to your folks and encourage them to participate. 

S. Tutt Gorman

City Manager

Click on the link below to take the City's survey.

Do you have problems with your Cable Television Company?  The Michigan Public Service Commission now has a complaint process set up. You can call them at:

800-292-9555 or fax 517-284-8200 


Michigan Public Service Commission

Attn:  Video Franchise

PO Box 30221

Lansing MI 48909

Online: and go to "video cable complaints"

A letter with details can be viewed by clicking on:  

MPSC Letter

Portland Ambulance Emergency Care Plan Information and Application

New Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) procedures go in effect on July 1, 2015. See Public Notices above for details.


Burn Permits

Portland Township residents need to obtain a burn permit before burning specific items.  You can obtain the permit application and regulations by clicking on the link below.


Burning Permit Application and Regulations


For more general information on the Portland Area Fire Authority website click:    Fire Department 


Tim Krizov, Chief

Portland Area Fire Authority

773 East Grand River Ave.

Portland, MI 48875


Fire Chief 517-647-2950




If in doubt, you should ask if you can burn certain types of items.  Some household items may be burned within a metal barrel with a spark arresting cover.


Portland Township Quick Facts


Portland Township quick facts



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Township Recycling Services


The City of Portland has changed to curbside recycling for city residents.  The recycling bins at the flats have been removed.


Portland and DanbyTownships are now providing a monthly drop-off site for Township residents only.  Postcards have been mailed to all residents with the information you need.  Here are the basic details:


·  It is on the 4th Saturday and Sunday of the month

·  Granger will drop off dumpsters at our site on Friday

·  The dumpsters will be picked up on Monday

·  It will be co-mingled recycling.  You don't need to sort the glass, paper, plastic, cardboard...all of it can go together into the same container

·  We'll have big signs at the site to help people understand what can and cannot be recycled

·  The new drop off site will be at Municipal Supply Co. at

   1 Industrial Dr, east off Lyons Rd, just outside the  City limits

·  The drop off time periods are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

·  Volunteers are appreciated to assist people when dropping off recycling items.  Call your Township Supervisors to volunteer.

Click on the link below to view the postcard that has all the information on it.

Front of Postcard

Back of Postcard

Click below for guidelines of what can be recycled

and how to prepare the items.

Recycle Guidelines


Other nearby recycling locations information:

Alternate Locations 2017  Grand Ledge

Alternate Locations 2017  Ionia

Alternate Locations 2017  Mulliken

Alternate Locations 2017  Sunfield

Alternate Locations 2017  Paper Gator

Grand Hearing Center is an official drop off location for batteries of many sizes.  Drop off times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at 1330 E Grand River Ave, Portland (next to Verizon).  They will accept hearing aid batteries and most household batteries except large sizes such as car, lawnmower, marine batteries, etc.

Click on the link below for State of Michigan recycling general information and places.



Property Taxes

Summer Property taxes were due 9-14-17 and are now delinquent.  Contact Leanne (see below) for payoff amount or you can also call the Ionia County Treasurer.

Winter 2017 Tax Bills were mailed approximately December 1, 2017. They are due February 14, 2018.

Delinquent Summer 2017 and current Winter Tax payments should be mailed to Portland Township, 5481 Divine Highway, Portland, MI  48875.  A drop box is also available at this location.

If you owe delinquent taxes from 2016 or earlier, these are handled by the Ionia County Treasurer. You can contact her at 616-527-5329.  Please check and click on 'online services' to find your payoff amount.

Tax questions can be emailed to (preferred) or leave a message at 517-647-2075.

 If you owe Portland Township for PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES,  these taxes are always paid to the Township (your tax parcel number will start with either 34-140-898 or 34-140-900).

Information on your taxable value, assessed value or homestead exemption (PRE) should be directed to the Portland Township Assessor at 517-641-8900 or email:

 You can also call the  Ionia County Treasurer for tax information at 616-527-5329.

Personal Property Taxes on Leased Land

If you live in a mobile home park (such as Sunset Ridge) you may receive a tax bill. This bill is for improvements on leased land which are assessable as personal property.  Examples of these improvements are sheds, garages, carports, decks, etc.  These taxes are your responsibility and are not the responsibility of Sun Communities. This is your personal property so Sun Communities would not be responsible for it. Failure to pay these tax bills allows the Township to put a lien on this personal property and in some cases, remove it from the property. For more information from the State of Michigan click the link below or contact the Township Assessor.