About Oakland Township
Oakland Township is less densely populated than neighboring townships to the west, south, and east; and retains many elements of a rural, wooded residential bedroom community. Local ordinances and zoning laws are aimed at limiting commercial and industrial development while maintaining a cap on population density by way of a master plan.
Oakland Township has the distinction of being one of Michigan's oldest townships. It was one of the original 25 townships in the Territory of Michigan when counties were further divided into townships in 1827. The Township is a complete 36 square miles.
A grist mill and mill race was built on Paint Creek in 1835. Later named Goodison Mill, it operated for more than 100 years before being dismantled in the late 1940s. The former site of the mill is the current location of Paint Creek Cider Mill, which is home to the Oakland Township Parks and Recreation, among other offices and a year round Cider Mill/Restaurant.
Currently the Township is served by three school districts: Rochester Community Schools, Lake Orion Community Schools, and Romeo Community Schools. There are also two private schools: Eagle Creek Academy and Living Word Lutheran School.
The Township is governed by a seven member elected Board of Trustees. A separately elected Commission manages the Parks and Recreation. An appointed Township Manager runs the day-to-day operations.
Our neighboring communities include: Oxford Township, Addison Township, Orion Township, Auburn Hills, Rochester, Rochester Hills, and in Macomb County Bruce Township, Washington Township, and Shelby Township.
Townships serve other governmental units by providing tax collection services. To avoid imposing an unnecessary burden on citizens to pay separate property taxes to the township, schools, special assessment districts and the county, Michigan townships provide uniform assessment of property values and collect all property taxes on behalf of the other units of government. Only a very small portion of the taxes collected are retained by the township for its own operating purposes.
Michigan townships, large and small, provide services tailored to meet the needs of their residents. Township officials represent the level of government closest and most responsive to the wishes of the people.