Oakland Township is one of Michigan’s oldest townships, being one of the original 25 townships when Michigan was organized as a territory back in 1827. Over time the boundaries have changed, and its original size grew smaller as other townships, cities and villages were carved out of its acreage. Today, Oakland Township borders are Dequindre Road on the east, Kern Road on the west, Romeo Road to the north and Dutton and Meade Roads to the south. It is a charter township, which provides additional opportunities to streamline its administration and protects it from annexation by other municipalities.
Oakland is also one of the wealthier communities in southeast Michigan. Its wooded and rolling terrain provides the perfect setting for private estates and developments of upscale residential homes on oversized lots. It is a bedroom community to both Metro Detroit and Metro Flint. Its agricultural and rural heritage is preserved through a small number of working farms and equestrian facilities. The township is also home to championship golf courses and country clubs.
The unincorporated village of Goodison is located in the Township. Goodison is a popular autumn destination place because of the number of cider mills located in the village. The Paint Creek Trail wanders through the Township on its way to the Village of Lake Orion and the sixteen-acre Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District is a fun place for young and old to visit.
Township of Oakland - Addendum
Area: 36.7 sq. miles Location: Just north of Rochester and Rochester Hills in the Northeast section of Oakland County Government: Charter Township, Supervisor and Board of Trustees Median Household Income: $146,000 Median Home Sale Price: $580,000 (August 2022) Population: 20,228 (July 2021) 2022 Tax Rates in Mills: Lake Orion Rochester Romeo Homestead 30.4769 24.3188 26.1336 Non-Homestead 48.4769 42.3188 44.1336
(Uses 2021 Winter Rates) City Offices: 4393 Collins, Rochester, 48306 651-4440, www.oaklandtownship.org Library: Rochester Hills Public Library, 656-2900, www.rhpl.org Protection: Emergency 911 • Fire Chief (586) 752-5013 (2 Stations) Police services are contracted with Oakland County Sheriff. Substation is at 4391 Collins Road, (248) 858-4950 School Districts: Rochester: 248-726-3000, www.rochester.k12.mi.us Lake Orion: 248-693-5400, www.lakeorionschools.org Romeo: 586-752-0200, www.romeok12.org Utilities: Gas – Consumers Energy (800) 477-5050 Electric – DTE (800) 477-4747 Water & Sewer – is provided by a variety of sources depending on location, including individual well and septic. Refuse – is contracted with private haulers (list of choices is online at the Township website.) Additional Phone Numbers: 52-3 District Court: 853-5553 Burn Permits: Free online burn permits available through township. 651-4440 Dog Licenses (Township Treasurer) 651-4440 Park Information: 651-7810 (See Sports and Recreation section.) Hazardous Waste: (NO HAZ) 858-5656 Oakland County Equalization: 858-0740