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Freedom Township has been a zoned community since 1981 in order to promote the health, safety, comfort, and general welfare of the Township.
The Zoning Inspector, appointed by the Board of Trustees, is responsible for the Zoning Department and for the enforcement of the Freedom Township Zoning Resolution. The Zoning Resolution is the master document, adopted by the Board of Township Trustees, which regulates zoning issues and land use within the township.
The Ohio Revised Code requires that the Board of Trustees establish two Zoning Boards.
The first is the Zoning Commission, which consists of five members, plus an alternate. The Commission prepares the Zoning Resolution, takes action on rezoning requests, and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The Zoning Commission may also initiate rezoning, or changes in the text of the Zoning Resolution, to promote the best interests of the public.
The second board is the Board of Zoning Appeals which also consists of five members, plus an alternate. It is empowered to hear variance requests from specific zoning standards, to hear requests for conditional uses, to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Zoning Inspector in the enforcement of the Zoning Resolution, and to hear requests for changes in non-conforming uses.
The Board of Zoning Appeals meets, as needed, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at the Town Hall. The Zoning Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall.