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 the general election on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
What is Next?
In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, on April 28th, the Ross Township Zoning Commission held a hearing on the zoning resolution and recommended the approval of the draft Ross Township Zoning Resolution and Map to the Township Trustees. On May 10, 2022, the Butler County Planning Commission met and recommended approval of the township zoning resolution (a requirement of state law). Finally, on June 16, 2022, the Ross Township Trustees held a public hearing and made the decision to place the question of township zoning, with the approved draft text and zoning map, on the November 8, 2022 General Election so that the residents of Ross Township can make the final decision on whether the township should take over local zoning. Below are links to the zoning resolution text and zoning map that have been submitted to the Board of Elections as part of that question.
The link below outlines the proposed zoning department costs for taking on township zoning. This cost estimate was updated on August 19, 2022 to reflect additional one-time costs for training of a new Board of Zoning Appeals.
Past Public Meeting Presentation
Thank you to all of the Ross Township residents who made it out to the public meeting on February 24th to learn more about the draft comprehensive plan and draft zoning resolution. For those that were unable to attend, you can click on the button below to download a copy of the presentation that includes maps and summary of information.
The purpose of this meeting was informational to outline the process to move forward with township zoning and to provide an overview of the draft plan and zoning resolution. You can find draft versions of the documents by going to the Project Files page (Comprehensive Land Use Plan Draft) and the Draft Zoning Resolution Tab.
As noted at the meeting, the township welcomes comments and questions at any time. Feel free to send any questions or comments via this website by going to the Contact page or clicking on the button below. You can also provide written comments by dropping them off at the township administrative offices or mailing them to:
Attn: Laurie Kile, Township Administrator
4055 Hamilton Cleves Rd.
Fairfield, Ohio 45014