The Role of the Walloon Lake Association
The Association’s purpose is to preserve the qualities that make Walloon Lake a unique resource for all. The Walloon Lake Association is not an enforcing body. It does, however, support strict enforcement of all Township and/or County ordinances affecting the lake and its watershed.
It is the intent of the Walloon Lake Association to take whatever steps are necessary to assure that all property owners on and around Walloon Lake know which permits are required and how to apply for one. In addition, the Association’s representatives may contact property owners who are observed to be taking actions that require permits to advise them of the permits they may need and to provide what assistance they can.
Association committees and volunteers are available to provide assistance
Neighborhood Captains are volunteers who have agreed to provide service to approximately 20 lakefront residences in their own neighborhoods. Each captain is available to assist the property owners in his or her neighborhood and to advise the Association of any problems in that neighborhood. If you do not know the name of your Neighborhood Captain, it may be obtained by calling the Association office.
The Government Affairs Committee is made up of Township Representatives, each of whom work closely with their respective township boards, attending most of those board’s meetings. Township Representatives, one for each of the five townships bordering the lake, serve as the voice of lake property owners. The Government Affairs Committee is your source for information and about how landowners and and should comply with ordinances and regulations and assures that violations are brought to the attention of appropriate governmental bodies with appropriate follow-up actions. The committee also works to assure that the language in ordinances and their enforcement are in the best interests of Walloon Lake.
Listed below are some pertinent names and telephone numbers you will find helpful if you plan to modify structures or work extensively on your property:
Walloon Lake Association Office
Government Affairs Committee
Environmental Impact Committee
Water Quality Committee
The Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency
Emmet County Sanitarian
Dan Begnoche 231/347-4638
Michigan DEQ (Wetlands & Shoreline Permits)
Charlevoix County/Emmet County
Scott Rasmusson (989)313-9708
Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Office
Resort Township Zoning Administrator
Larry Houghton 231/347-7915
Ordinances govern how you may modify your land or buildings. Others are designed to maintain and improve water quality; for example, establishing and maintaining a greenbelt is the single most important thing you can do as a lakefront property owner to protect the quality of the lake. Please make yourself aware of your Township’s Ordinances and strive to abide by them.
To avoid future problems, become familiar with the: Property Owners Handbook For Modifications to Land or Structures 2016