The purpose of Zoning is to guide and regulate the planning, subdividing, and development of land within the Township in order to promote and protect the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of residents, businesses, and the Township as a whole. Among other things, zoning; cannot enforce private deed restrictions, cannot restrict or regulate land ownership, cannot adjudicate disputes between two private parties, cannot regulate use of public right-of-ways, and cannot outright prohibit or unreasonably restrict development or use of property. General land use, development, and zoning policy guidelines are established in the Comprehensive Plan while specific zoning regulations for Genoa Township, as well as the zoning designation of each property within the Township, can be found in the Genoa Township Zoning Resolution.
The authority for Township's to enact and enforce zoning, as well as the restrictions to said power, are primarily established within and derived from Title 5, Chapter 519 of the Ohio Revised Code. Genoa Township enacted zoning for properties east of Tussic Street Road in 1951. Zoning for properties west of Tussic Street Road was enacted in 1956. These resolutions were revised in 1969 and 1971, respectively. The Zoning Resolutions of these two areas were combined into one, single Zoning Resolution covering the entire Township in 1987. The current Resolution was last amended in 2013.
Subdivisions, Lot Splits, Lot Consolidations, and Lot Transfers
While subdivisions, lot splits, lot consolidations, and lot transfers must comply with Township zoning, such processes are administrated by the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission (DCRPC). Information about how to complete such processes can be found here. Questions about the process should be directed to DCRPC. Questions about zoning requirements may be directed to the Development and Zoning office.
Data and Statistics
Population, demographic, and other statistical data related to development and zoning can be found on the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission (DCRPC) website. Information on current projects being constructed within the Township can be found here.
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