Zoning is the regulation of the use of land and buildings that permit a community to control development. It provides for orderly growth by protecting homes and property from harmful use on neighboring properties. Ohio law provides for the submission of a zoning plan to electors of a township and includes provisions for the adoption, administration, enforcement, and amendment of the zoning plan.
Lafayette Township is a zoned community, with regulations set forth in the Lafayette Township Zoning Resolution. It is the purpose of Zoning to promote public health and safety which is directly and significantly affected by the use of land; to protect the Township’s natural resources, scenic areas, and natural beauty; to protect the property rights of all individuals by assuring the compatibility of uses and practices within established districts and to provide for adequate public services and the orderly development of land in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan and the Township Zoning Resolution. A copy of the official Lafayette Township Zoning Resolution and Zoning Map can be accessed at this site.
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The Township’s Zoning Inspector is charged with the responsibility of pursuing any zoning violations and ensuring the zoning resolution is enforced. The Zoning Inspector also reviews and processes incoming applications for new construction, whether it be new homes, outbuildings and barns, decks, etc. for compliance with the terms of the zoning resolution. If you are planning to build an addition, outbuilding or barn, or any other structure on your property such as a deck or swimming pool, please make sure to contact the Zoning Inspector to apply for a zoning permit prior to starting work on the project to make sure that your plans fall within the zoning guidelines.
Lafayette Township Zoning Inspector is: Alliss Strogin phone 330.461.4790 Email is: [email protected]
Regular Zoning Commission meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month (legal holidays etc. might change the date) at 6:00 pm at the Lafayette Township Safety Services Building. Special meetings, workshop meetings and public hearings are scheduled as needed and do not necessarily occur on the regular meeting night. All meetings are posted on the home page of this website. Meeting minutes can be accessed by clicking on “Minutes” at the bottom of this page.
Board of Zoning Appeals
The Board of Zoning Appeals considers applications for zoning issues that may involve variances from the Township’s Zoning Resolution. Regular Board of Zoning Appeal meetings are held the first Thursday of January and then as needed. Special meetings and public hearings are scheduled as needed and do not necessarily occur on the regular meeting night. All meetings are posted on the home page of this website. Meeting minutes can be accessed by clicking on “Minutes” at the bottom of this page.