Planning & Zoning Services
The Community Development Department manages all the planning and zoning related policies, applications and ordinances. Community Development staff also act as a liaison for the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Administrative Site Plan Approval
Any new commercial construction and any expansion of an existing commercial building that exceeds 15% of the total floor area will require site plan approval by the planning commission. A development application package must be submitted one month prior to the planning commission meeting date.
The Development Review Process
Once an a development application has been submitted, staff from the community development department, the fire chief and the township's engineer will work with the applicant to provide opportunities for plan revisions through the development review process. This process allows the applicant to present the best possible plan to the planning commission.
Other Types of Commercial Development
The staff in the community development department works with developers, builders, and individual property owners to achieve the standards of the ordinances, while facilitating the residential development process. The links below are relevant to residential development by way of subdivisions, metes and bounds land divisions, condominium developments and multi-family complexes. The township is broken down into a number of different residential zoning districts, each listed below.
What is the Purpose of the Zoning Ordinance?
- Promote and protect the public health, safety and general welfare
- Protect the character and stability of the various areas within the Township and promote the orderly and beneficial development of such areas
- Regulate the intensity of land use and determine the area of open space surrounding buildings to provide adequate light and air and convenience of access to the property
- Lessen and avoid congestion on highways and streets
- Provide for the various land use needs of landowners, such as recreational, residential, commercial and industrial
- Preserve agricultural lands that have been determined to be essential to the stability and future economic well being of the Township
- Fix reasonable standards to which buildings and other structures shall conform
- Prohibit uses, buildings, and structures which are incompatible with the character of development permitted in the zoning districts
- Protect against nuisances and hazards in the interest of the public health, safety, and general welfare
- Conserve the taxable value of land, buildings and structures throughout the Township
- Provide for the completion, extension, substitution or elimination of non-conforming uses