“Hopefully, (townships will) make the right decision (and share zoning plans) but that guarantee has now been removed,” he said.
Fairfield Twp.‘s move was made to be consistent with the Ohio Revised Code, which is also why Liberty Twp. passed a similar resolution in August.
“Our policy remains to send zoning cases to the county planning commission and don’t foresee a change in that,” said Liberty Twp. spokeswoman Caroline McKinney. “Our motivation was to remain consistent with ORC.”
West Chester Twp. is in the middle of a zoning overhaul project, “and the discussion about the county planning commission will definitely be a part of that project,” said Aaron Wiegand, West Chester Twp. Community Development director.
There have been no decisions made yet, he said.
“What we want to do is to make zoning as easy and as straight forward as possible for developers,” he said. “Anything that will make things more streamlined is something we’ll look at every time.”
Fehr said a primary reason the county had previously been required to receive zoning projects is townships generally do not maintain their own utilities, and the county is responsible for county roads.
“These projects do impact county facilities,” Fehr said.
Cities aren’t required to send zoning issues to the county planning commission as they maintain their own roads and utility departments.