Updating Sylvania Township’s Zoning Resolution has led to the discovery of some long-unused classifications such as “tourist camp,” a forerunner of motels which are defined in other sections of the resolution.

Tourist camps were groupings of small single buildings suitable for people who needed a place to stay overnight.

Combing through the document also revealed a lack of any regulation for wind turbines, a more modern structure, for which there is a need for control if anyone seeks to locate one in the township.

Daryl Graus, manager of the Sylvania Township planning and zoning department, said it has been interesting to work through the Resolution in an effort to update the document.

Last September Sylvania Township trustees approved a contract with Reveille, Ltd., of Bowling Green, to update, and where possible, simplify the document.

Mr. Graus said the Resolution has been added to over the years by different resolutions from trustees, but has not had a thorough review and updating for at least 20 years.

Glen Grisdale, president of Reveille, noted that over time any document can get unwieldy when added
to periodically but without an overall review.

Mr. Graus, who has been working with the firm on the project, said he has been looking for ways to cut down on the total of seven different categories for residential properties.

The document may see changes of that sort, to more finely-honed definitions of planning terms.

The Resolution is the written compilation of rules and resolutions controlling land use in the township.

The Township Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals refer to it in making decisions on zoning issues and developers refer to it in determining if a project is feasible.

The project is slated to continue through most of this year.
Mr. Graus said one of his aims is to see to it that the document is streamlined an easier to read.

He did say it is likely that the phrase “tourist camp” won’t appear in the updated Resolution.


Written by:  Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Published Date:  June 12, 2020

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