Consult staff on zoning requirements for fences, decks, sheds, additions, pools, solar panels, etc
Administer and enforce the Genoa Township's Zoning Resolution, the document that controls and coordinates land use. In addition, staff facilitates comprehensive planning efforts, maintains zoning records, issues permits, and documents nuisance conditions.
What is Zoning?
Zoning is among the powers given to townships by the state (ORC Chapter 519) to regulate land use and development to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the community.
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A zoning permit must be obtained for any swimming pool which is permanently affixed to the ground and has a water depth of 18-inches or deeper. Specific regulations for such pools can be found in Article 17, Section 1709 of the Genoa Township Zoning Resolution. Please note that while the Delaware County Department of Building Safety accepts automatic pool covers in lieu of a fence for access control, the Township currently does not. Any pool requiring a zoning permit must provide the required fence specified within the Zoning Resolution.
The following types of swimming pools do not require zoning permits and are not required to adhere to the standards set forth in Article 17, Section 1709 of the Genoa Township Zoning Resolution:
The Board of Trustees' decision regarding a re-zoning or development plan/amendment proposal, under Ohio law, is fundamentally a decision on land use and site design, not traffic management, volumes, or road access.
Most major roadways in the Township are owned and maintained by Delaware County (Engineer's Office) or the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Jurisdiction over new driveways, new intersections, and improvements on roads, including locations, designs, and signage/striping, rests with the corresponding agency.
The Delaware County Engineer also serves as the Township's engineer. Traffic studies are typically only required by the County during the zoning process when new access is being proposed or when the existing land use is substantially changing. The scope of said study, as well as review and approval, is also administered by the Engineer's office in accordance with their regulations.