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 planning, zoning, and development 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 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 to reflect the township's first comprehensive plan which had been published earlier that year. Both the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Resolution have been revised numerous times since. The latest iteration of the Comprehensive Plan was adopted in December 2016. The Zoning Resolution was amended in February 2018.