Ross Township has begun the process of updating the township's land use plan to create a township comprehensive plan. At the same time, the township is also embarking on a process to develop a township zoning resolution. Both projects will give the residents of Ross Township more say in the future of the community. See below for more information on each task.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is a planning tool that evaluates various aspects of the township and establishes a series of policies to help guide future decisions about the physical, economic, environmental, and community service aspects of the township. Comprehensive plans are general in nature and are purposely long-term, recognizing that some visions cannot be achieved immediately but take years to accomplish. Currently the township has a land use plan that you can find under the Project Files tab of this site. The Envision Ross project will evaluate if there is any need for changes to this map and develop township goals and objectives for the future to create a comprehensive plan that will help with the development of a township zoning resolution.
What is Zoning?
Zoning, at its core, is a set of legal rules that address how properties can be used within different areas of the township, as well as site design elements such as signage, landscaping, parking, and access. Currently, Ross Township has zoning but it is controlled by Butler County. The Envision Ross project will help the township take steps that could result in the township controlling its own zoning. To do this, the township must first develop its own zoning resolution and zoning map (Envision Ross) and then that resolution and map will be placed on a ballot for the voters of Ross Township to determine if they want to have township controlled zoning. We anticipate that the zoning resolution will take most of the year 2021 to develop, including outreach to the community, and will be put on a ballot during either the primary election or general election in 2022. Stay tuned to this website for more information as we proceed through the process.
Want to Get Involved?
Over the course of 2021, we will be engaging the public through online surveys, public meetings when we can do so in a safe manner, and the posting of various documents to allow for feedback. You can also sign up for notice of any meetings or surveys by providing your email below. Your email will only be used for notifications related to this planning effort.