The Development and Zoning department's primary responsibilities are to: administer and enforce Genoa Township's Zoning Resolution; assist the Township's Boards, Commissions, and Committees in their comprehensive planning efforts; and maintain all zoning records.
Genoa Township first enacted zoning in 1951 for properties east of Tussic Street Road. Greater land use control was desired in this area because it was believed that the soon to be completed Hoover Reservoir (1955) would result in an increase in demand for development. Zoning regulations for properties west of Tussic Street Road were enacted in 1956. The East and West Zoning Resolutions were later revised in 1969 and 1971, respectively. In 1987 the two, separate Zoning Resolutions were combined and significantly revised. In 1999, the Township adopted a Comprehensive Plan to guide future development. Both the Zoning Resolution and the Comprehensive Plan have been revised and updated numerous times since. The Zoning Resolution was last amended in October 2020. The latest iteration of the Comprehensive Plan was adopted in January 2019.