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Cooper Township Approves New Zoning Rules For Solar, Agriculture

Solar Panels at Western Michigan University - file photo by WMUK

Cooper Township has approved new zoning rules for solar farms and regular farms. 

The township says it has prospects for commercial solar plants and that it wants to clear the way. It will limit large-scale installations to industrial areas. Home-use arrays are all right in residential zones.

As for agriculture, Cooper will no longer allow farming in those residential zones, though existing farms are exempt. The township says it’s made special provisions for farming at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

The township says the new rules bring it in line with state guidelines on agriculture.

Gordon Evans became WMUK's Content Director in 2019 after more than 20 years as an anchor, host and reporter. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he began work at WMUK in 1996.
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