Franklin Township regulates the use of land, the density of land use and the location of different types of development in order to preserve the health, safety and welfare of township residents and their property.  The township has documented zoning requirements in the Franklin Township Zoning Resolution, the Township Zoning Map and the Zoning Fee Schedule.  Further, the township has adopted The Franklin Township Exterior Property Maintenance Code which establishes standards for the maintenance of exterior surfaces and exterior functioning units of all structures and buildings within the Township.

The responsibility for enforcing these requirements and standards rests with the Zoning Inspector, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Zoning Commission.

 

Zoning Inspector

Sam Abell – 330-678-0888 abf.sam@gmail.com

 

The Franklin Township Zoning Inspector is responsible for issuing Zoning Certificates (commonly called zoning permits) for signs, structures, additions and buildings that conform to the Franklin Township Zoning Resolution. The Zoning Inspector also issues zoning use certificates for uses permitted by the Zoning Resolution and conditional use certificates that have been approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals.  To apply for a Zoning Certificate it is recommended that you download the Application for a Zoning Certificate and call the Zoning Inspector for help in completing the application.

Signs, structures, additions, buildings and uses not permitted by the Zoning Resolution may be appealed to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

 

The Zoning Inspector is also responsible for investigating alleged violations of the Zoning Resolution, enforcing The Franklin Township Exterior Property Maintenance Code, representing Franklin Township on the Portage County Regional Planning Board and working with the Portage County Prosecutor’s Office regarding litigation associated with zoning. 

 

A hard copy of the Franklin Township Zoning Resolution which details the zoning regulations is available at the town hall upon payment of the current fee. Maps depicting the zoning districts are available free of charge.

 

Board of Zoning Appeals
(Generally meets the second Monday of the month)

The Board of Zoning Appeals is responsible for hearing and deciding applications for variances to the Franklin Township Zoning Resolution. In granting a variance, the Board may impose such conditions as it may deem necessary to protect the public health, safety, and morals and in furtherance of the purposes and intent of the Zoning Resolution. The Board is also empowered to grant conditional zoning certificates for the use of land, buildings or other structures.

 

Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Franklin Township Hall, 218 Gougler. The Board generally meets on the second Monday of each month, if there are applications submitted for a variance or conditional use certificate. Check the calendar or contact the town hall to verify meeting dates. 

 

To apply for a variance or conditional use permit it is recommended that you download the Application for a Zoning Variance or Conditional Use and call the Zoning Inspector for help in completing the application. Note that completed applications, required documentation, and fees must be submitted to the township Zoning Inspector 15 days prior to the scheduled Board of Zoning Appeals meeting.

 

Minutes for the Board of Zoning Appeals are here

 

Zoning Commission

(Meets as needed)

The Zoning Commission is responsible for reviewing and analyzing proposed changes to the Zoning Resolution or Zoning Districts and recommending approval or denial of such changes to the Franklin Township Board of Trustees. The Zoning Commission follows a defined process that ensures the involvement of the public and the appropriate governmental agencies. 

 

The Zoning Commission meets on an as needed basis.  Check the calendar or contact the town hall to verify meeting dates. 

 

Minutes for the Zoning Commission are here

Zoning Inspector

Sam Abell – 330-678-0888

abf.sam@gmail.com

 

Assistant Zoning Inspector

Joe Ciccozzi

 

Board of Zoning Appeals  

David Hansford, Chair               330-678-0427

James Henry, Alternate             330-678-0309

Shawn Martin                           330-283-3232

Justin Moneypenny                   330-790-5787

Glenn Russell                           330-678-4546

Marilyn Sessions                       330-760-0471

 

Zoning Commission  

 

Mekal Banyasz                          330-577-8549

Albert Barber, Alternate             330-603-0166

Douglas Hiestand, Alternate       330-677-4314

Mike McClure                            330-475-6828

Teresa Mullett                           330-957-9698

Mary Organ, Chair                     330-802-7816

Judy Spencer                            330-673-4098

OFFICIALS

 

 

 

ZONING OFFICIALS

 

Zoning Fee's

Exterior Property Maintanence Code

 Zoning Resolution

Township Hall

330-673-2194

Township Garage

330-673-6222

Township Hall

218 Gougler Ave. Kent, OH  44240   

Township Garage

Visit by appointment only. Call 330-673-6222 for an appointment. 

 

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