Dexter Township

Farmland and Open Space Preservation Board

The Dexter Township Open Space and Land Preservation Committee meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at Dexter Township Town Hall. Members of the public are encouraged to participate.

The Committee was formed in April 2021. Its purpose to explore strategies for preserving farmland and open space, to engage the community, and to reach out to farmers with information and options for land preservation. This is a one-year, exploratory committee that will give way to an Open Space and Land Preservation Board as defined by Dexter Township’s Purchase of Development Rights ordinance.

Specific Committee objectives include:

Acting as a conduit between Dexter Township residents and the Board of Trustees regarding community needs and expectations related to land preservation
Advising the Township Board on land preservation policies and programs
Exploring land preservation funding options
Focusing especially on farm families to engage these landowners in the committee, and, if they are interested in preserving their farmland, conveying information about their options and alternatives
Supporting special projects and collaborations between landowners and available land preservation programs

Land Preservation Application

Committee Members

Laura Sanders – Board of Trustees liaison

Mark Tiecher – Chair
Kathy Bradbury
Scott Joling
Gretchen Driskell
Marty Ruhlig
Guerin Wilkinson

Committee Consultants

Barry Lonik


Upcoming Meetings

  • Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, July 6, 2023 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, August 3, 2023 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7:00pm

Minutes and Agendas


January 5 (No Meeting)


February 2
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March 2
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April 6


January 6
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February 3
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March 3
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April 7
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May 5
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June 3 (no meeting)


July 7
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August 4
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September 1
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October 6
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November 3 (No Meeting)


December 1
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June 17 
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July 22
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August 5 (no meeting) 


September 2
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October 7
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November 4
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December 2
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