DeWitt Charter Township, Michigan

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DeWitt Charter Township is a charter township of Clinton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 12,143 at the 2000 census. In 2009 the census estimate was 13,100.[3]



  • The city of DeWitt is within the township, though it is administratively autonomous.
  • The cities of Lansing and East Lansing are adjacent to the south, and considerable development extends into the township as a result of the proximity to both cities.
  • East Lansing has annexed land in the southeast portion of the township. East Lansing also entered into 425 Agreements with the township for approximately 1,200 acres (4.9 km2) of the township that were consolidated into a single agreement in 2001. Under the agreement, East Lansing is required to provide services to the land in exchange for 32 percent of the area's property taxes. At the end of the 33-year agreement, the land will be turned over to the city.[4]
  • The township also entered a 425 Agreement with Bath Township in 2002 for a small portion of the township.

Description and history

The township is situated directly north of the city of Lansing, Michigan's capital city. Still largely rural, the township is quickly developing along the BUS US 127 thoroughfare, and near its intersection with I-69. The township is also home to Lansing Capital City Airport.

DeWitt was named after DeWitt Clinton, Governor of New York during the 1830s. It was first settled by Captain David Scott, who moved here from Ann Arbor in 1833. Scott platted the land that became the City of DeWitt in 1841. The township was organized in 1836, and at first contained the whole of Clinton County. By 1841, it had reached its current boundaries.

The township of DeWitt become a charter township in 1978.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 31.7 square miles (82.1 km²), of which, 31.7 square miles (82.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.13%) is water.

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