Palmyra Township is a zoned community to promote the safety, health, comfort, morals, and general welfare of the Township. Zoning is a locally enacted law that regulates and controls the use of private property.
Ohio Revised Code requires that the Palmyra Township Board of Trustees establish two Zoning Boards. First is the Zoning Commission. The Commission prepares the Zoning Resolution, takes action on rezoning requests, and makes recommendations to the Palmyra Township Board of Trustees. The Zoning Commission may also initiate rezoning, or changes in the text of the Zoning Resolution, for promotion of the best interests of the community.
Second is the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board of Appeals decisions must be appealed by the Portage County Court of Common Pleas. It is empowered to preform four tasks:
- to hear various requests from specfic zoning standards, where, due to special conditions of the land, literal enforcement of those standards is alleged to cause a hardship to a property owner.
- to hear requests for conditional uses - uses which may not be detrimental to surrounding properties, but might more intensely affect those properties
- to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the Zoning Inspector in the enforcement of the Zoning Resolution
- to hear requests for changes in non-conforming uses
The Zoning Inspector, appointed by the Palmyra Township Board of Trustees, is responsible for the Zoning Department and for the enforcement of the Zoning Resolution.
Property owners considering improvement or alterations to homes or business properties should contact the Zoning Inspector to discuss plans and to determine if a permit or other approval is required by Palmyra Township.
Effective June 21, 2006 the Zoning Inspector will be available at the Palmyra Township Fire Department on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 AM to Noon. Available other hours by appointment phone 330-654-4098 Ext. 212.