At their most recent meeting, the Sylvania Township Trustees unanimously approved an updated version of the Zoning Resolution, which guides all decisions in zoning matters in the township
Daryl Graus, manager of Sylvania Township’s planning and zoning department, said the document which has been in use before the approval hadn’t been thoroughly updated in at least 20 years.
As zoning decisions have been made over time by the trustees they have been added to the resolution as piecemeal amendments he said.
The work done by his office and Reveille, a Bowling Green consulting firm hired for the project, has resulted in a more cohesive, user-friendly document.
Mr. Graus said the Zoning Resolution is not only used by his office and the Lucas County Plan Commission, but also by developers who want to know in advance what standards will apply for upcoming projects.
He also noted that the county and township zoning commissions each recommended approval of the revised resolution.
Glen Grisdale president of Reveille, told the trustees that the task was to eliminate redundancy and confusion and come up with a document that is easy to use.
Reveille developed Sylvania Township’s current Land Use Plan and, he said, its principles were kept in mind as the revised resolution was developed.
Some residential zoning categories have been merged in the updated resolution and a new category has been added.
The approved resolution includes a multi-purpose category that allows for both residential and commercial uses.
The new category will allow for ground-level offices or retail establishments with residential use behind or above the commercial properties.
John Crandall, chairman of the trustees, said he had gone through the revised resolution, “page by page,” and thought the work produced a valuable result.
Those interested can review the document at https://www.sylvaniatownship.com/zoning/zoning-resolution/.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Published: April 7, 2021
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