What developments are being planned?
A list and brief description of current developments can be found here.
I am concerned about a property. What can I do about it?
Complaints or concerns about a property, such as tall grass, junk, illegal outdoor storage, illegal use of property, and unauthorized construction, should be submitted to the Development and Zoning office. Inspectors will investigate and respond if necessary.
Genoa Township does not have a property maintenance code; therefore, the Development and Zoning office can only enforce any restrictions established within the Zoning Resolution. Nuisances, as defined and regulated by state law, can only be declared by the Township Trustees.
Please be advised that the name and any contact information recorded by the Township when the complaint is received are generally considered a public record and discoverable by anyone who makes a public records request per state law. Complaints may be filed anonymously without providing your name or contact information; however, the Township will be unable to contact you with any follow up information pertaining to its investigation.
Can I have chickens? If so, how many?
Yes, the keeping of chickens is permitted. The Township does not regulate the number of chickens that may be kept on a property; however, accessory structures or buildings related to the keeping of chickens may be regulated.
Property owners are advised to check applicable covenants or deed restrictions prior to obtaining chickens as such provisions typically are stricter on this matter.
Property owners should also keep in mind that they may be responsible and/or liable for the noises and actions of their chickens as well any damage which they may cause.
Where can I get a copy of my lot survey?
Lot surveys are typically provided to an owner at the time a property is sold; however, should you need a copy, the Development and Zoning office may have one on file if a zoning permit has been issued for that property. Township zoning records can be searched here. Should you be unable to find any records for your property, real estate and personal property records, such as deeds, mortgages, and subdivision plats, may be found on file with the Delaware County Recorder.
How long will it take for my zoning permit application to be reviewed?
The Genoa Township Development and Zoning office does not review walk-in applications on the spot and cannot guarantee same-day or same-week permit issuance for any application. Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis, regardless of the scope or scale of the project. The Township tries to respond to all application submissions within 72-hours but may take up to 30 days to render a decision. Response times may be delayed by incomplete submissions, holidays, staffing levels, or other unforeseen circumstances. As such, the Township advises that applications be submitted several weeks prior to the desired project start time, especially for projects which will also require a building permit from Delaware County and/or approval from another agency.
What does it mean to have an easement on my property?
Easements are put in place when a property is platted to accommodate drainage infrastructure and/or utilities, and to establish the legal right for certain government agencies and/or utility providers to place, access, maintain, and restrict improvements over top of or underneath their infrastructure at any given time.
Property owners still own and are responsible for the land within these easements.
Zoning permit applications seeking to erect buildings or structures within an easement must include proof of approval for said improvement from the agency controlling the easement in order for a permit to be approved.
I would like to install or widen a driveway. What do I need to do?
Zoning permits are not required for the installation or expansion of driveways, though the Township does stipulate that driveways must be set back at least 2-feet from any property line and must not result in a property exceeding any established impervious surface coverage maximums for the lot. Driveways accessing Township-owned roads required a Work in the Right-of-Way permit from the Genoa Township Maintenance Department.
Driveways opening onto a road not owned by the Township may require a permit or approval from the entity or agency owning said road. Please contact the respective department, entity, or agency to determine what permits or approvals may be needed.
Who do I talk to about cars and other items parked on the street?
Zoning does not have authority over the use of streets. The use of public streets falls under the authority of the Genoa Township Police Department or, in some instances, the Genoa Township Fire Marshal. The use of private streets falls under the authority of the agency or entity owning said street. Please contact the respective department, agency, or entity with any complaints or concerns about on-street parking.
Do I need approval from my homeowner's or condominium association to get a zoning permit?
No, covenants and deed restrictions are considered private law and are not enforced by Genoa Township. However, the township certainly recommends that a property owner check with their plan’s governing board prior to submitting an application to determine if the desired improvement is permitted.