Community Development FAQ's
Application files may be viewed in the Community Development Department during regular business hours. In addition, Planning Commission meeting agendas are posted on the Township website and include drawings of the proposed project.
The Zoning Map is available on the Township website. The Community Development Department can also answer any questions regarding the zoning of a specific property.
To view the Township Zoning Map "Click Here."
The Zoning Ordinance designates various land uses as either a Principal Permitted Use or a Special Land Use for each zoning district. A Principal Permitted Use is considered to be an allowable use and is subject to the development requirements of the zoning district in which the property is located. A Special Land Use may be allowed only if it is approved by the Planning Commission. An approved Special Land Use is also subject to the development requirements of the applicable zoning district.
All parcels created through a land split must comply with the dimensional standards of the zoning district in which the parcels are located. The dimensional standards are contained within Article 20, Schedule of Regulations, of the Zoning Ordinance. In addition, the division, combination, or reconfiguration of land is subject to an administrative review, based upon the standards outlined in Article 28, Section 28.2, Division of Unplatted Land, of the Zoning Ordinance.
TheMaster Plan for Land Use is an official public document that is adopted by the Planning Commission and used as a policy guide for land use and community development decisions. It indicates, in a general way, how the community wants to develop over the next 10 – 20 years.
State law gives the Township the authority to regulate the use of land and the development of structures through zoning. The Zoning Ordinance classifies all Township land into a zoning district, and designates the type of land uses which may be permitted within each district. The Zoning Ordinance also establishes uniform standards for each zoning district regarding the physical development of land, including the size and height of a building, setbacks, parking, landscaping, and other site development requirements. The Zoning Ordinance is a means to implement the Master Plan for Land Use.