Planning & Zoning

Cory Wright

Assistant Township Administrator
Director of Planning & Zoning

Scott Burkey

Zoning Inspector

Victoria Hensley

Assistant To Zoning Director

Craig Flaute

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In 1959, the leaders of the township recognized the need to plan for the future and guide the growth – consequently establishing the Union Township Planning Department to carry out that charge in the years to come. The Planning Department’s primary function is to plan for future growth and development by participating in the development and implementation of short and long-range planning documents. Additionally, the department also administers the Zoning Resolution and issues hundreds of residential and commercial permits every year. Department Staff also work to enforce the zoning code by issuing violations to properties in noncompliance. Finally, the Planning Department actively works to forge economic development partnerships with other state, county, and local agencies with the goal of bringing new commercial and industrial development to Union Township. Economic development can lead to new employment opportunities and helps to foster a dynamic local and regional economy. By effectively balancing and managing planning, zoning, and economic development activities, the Planning Department strives every day to ensure that Union Township remains a great place to live, work, and play.

Our mission at the Union Township Planning Department is to effectively balance and manage Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development activities to ensure that Union Township remains a great place to live, work, and play.

 

Zoning

Union Township Zoning Resolution was adopted in 1959 as the Township continued to increase in population. Through the years, zone changes were implemented to accommodate the once rural population into the eastern gateway it is known to be today. The Township is 29 square miles offering a variety of uses to meet the populations needs. Generally, zoning regulations are created in order to maintain certain minimum standards for the community, thereby preserving and enhancing property values. Townships are authorized to enact zoning in accordance with Section 519 of the Ohio Revised Code. Guidelines were also established to define the type and scale of uses to be permitted in each district. Special conditions, exceptions, uses, and other variations to adopted requirements are also established in the zoning code.

Zoning Commission

Union Township Zoning Commission Members:

Daniel Campbell
Eric Louis
Carol Pelfrey
Bill Shannon
Bradley Toft

The Union Township Zoning Commission is comprised of citizens who are appointed by the Board of Trustees, and who are charged with reviewing the details of the requested zoning amendments. As new development or redevelopment is proposed, it is sometimes necessary to change to a different zoning district to accommodate the project. The Zoning Commission reviews each amendment and forwards the recommendation the Board of Trustees, who finalizes the determination of the requested amendment. The same process is required to make an amendment to the text of the Zoning Resolution and utilized for new Planned-Unit Development proposals.

PD Major Amendment Application

PD Major Amendment Application

PD Major Amendment Application

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PD Minor Amendment Application

PD Minor Amendment Application

PD Minor Amendment Application

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R-3 Major Amendment Application

R-3 Major Amendment

R-3 Major Amendment

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R-3 Minor Amendment Application

R-3 Minor Amendment

R-3 Minor Amendment

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R-4 Major Amendment Application

R-4 Major Amendment

R-4 Major Amendment

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R-4 Minor Amendment Application

R-4 Minor Amendment

R-4 Minor Amendment

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Zoning Commission Application

Zoning Commission Application

Zoning Commission Application

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Board of Zoning Appeals

Union Township Zoning Appeals Board Members:

Brian K. Ford
Thomas Hanrahan
Ben Joehnk
Randall Wulker
Scott Cangro

Union Township Board of Zoning Appeals is comprised of citizens who are appointed by the Board of Trustees, and are empowered by the Zoning Resolution to grant variance to zoning laws. Zoning regulations are applied uniformly across the Township, broken down into zoning districts. Each project must follow the specific regulations established for its district along with the basic underlying requirements for all properties as they are on the books today, or no permit can be issued. With each property having its own unique characteristic, the “BZA” is in place to grant variances for properties that show hardship within the parameters of their designated zoning district.

The Board of Zoning Appeals also reviews and approves Conditional Use applications. Certain uses, while not generally permitted, may be given special consideration by the BZA, provided the use is located in a designated district and provided certain conditions can be met. Conditional use applications follow the same procedure and schedule as variance requests.

BZA Conditional Use Application

BZA Conditional Use Application

BZA Conditional Use Application

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BZA Variance Application

BZA Variance Application

BZA Variance Application

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Overlay

Focus Overlay District Regulations

The Overlay Districts, first adopted through the Union Township Comprehensive Land Use Plan 2020 Horizon, created nine Focus Area Corridors. The Union Township Board of Trustees reviews and approves Focus Area Overlay District applications. The Board continues this corridor-wide planning approach to facilitate development for numerous reasons, including the recognition and assessment of unique corridor characteristics, challenges and opportunities. Relief under Focus Area District regulations are options available to property owners that grant additional flexibility over conventional zoning regulations by relaxing restrictions in order to achieve redevelopment goals, including the promotion of economic development and the elimination of blighting influences. If a property lies within a Focus Area and has the appropriate zoning designation for the desired use but can’t meet every requirement set down in that district, an application may be made to the Board of Trustees for special consideration of the details submitting the details of the desired project.

Overlay Application

Overlay Application

Overlay Application

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Official Overlay District Map HORIZON 2030

Official Overlay District Map HORIZON 2030

Official Overlay District Map HORIZON 2030

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Zoning Resolution

Zoning Resolution

Zoning Resolution

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Official Zoning Map

Official Zoning Map

Official Zoning Map

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Submittal Schedules

BZA Schedule

BZA Schedule

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ZC Schedule

ZC Schedule

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Overlay/Trustees Schedule

Overlay/Trustees Schedule

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Planning

The Union Township Planning Department actively works to promote high quality and sustainable development patterns within the township by carefully evaluating each development request against the adopted policy recommendations of the Union Township Horizon 2030 Land Use Plan. This Land Use Plan was adopted by the Union Township Board of Trustees and establishes different corridor-specific “ground-rules” for development throughout the township. This corridor-specific plan was developed through a series of public meetings involving key stakeholders, including business owners, elected and appointed officials, and residents of Union Township, and is meant to provide long term, sustainable growth solutions. While each development maintains its own unique set of circumstances, the key to promoting high-quality development is ensuring that the goals of the adopted land use plan are consistently advanced with each successive development request. This is especially critical given the township’s continued population growth, estimated to swell to 55,535 residents by the year 2030*.

In addition to ensuring consistency with the adopted Land Use Plan, department staff members collaborate with other jurisdictions throughout the area and the region in an effort to develop successful mid-range and long-range plans to address the future transportation and economic development needs of Union Township, Clermont County, and the Greater Cincinnati Region. A successful example of this multi-jurisdictional effort is the township’s continued commitment to the Eastern Corridor Long Range Multi-Modal Transportation Initiative, as well as several local transportation initiatives through the Township’s participation in the Clermont County Transportation Improvement District. Additionally, the department continually explores methods and strategies to enhance the overall quality of life within the township, including the application of pedestrian-friendly concepts and high-quality commercial and green space development principles to new development proposals.

*Source:  OKI Regional Council of Governments, 2010

Planning Documents

Gleneste- Aicholtz Revitalization and Improvement Plan

Gleneste- Aicholtz Revitalization And Improvement Plan

Gleneste- Aicholtz Revitalization And Improvement Plan

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Summerside/Mt Carmel Reinvestment Corridor Community Redevelopment Strategy

Summerside/Mt Carmel Reinvestment Corridor Community Redevelopment Strategy

Summerside/Mt Carmel Reinvestment Corridor Community Redevelopment Strategy

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Union Township Horizon 2030 Land Use Map

Union Township Horizon 2030 land Use Map

Union Township Horizon 2030 land Use Map

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Union Township Horizon 2030 Land Use Plan

Union Township Horizon 2030 Land Use Plan

Union Township Horizon 2030 Land Use Plan

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Economic Development

Carved out of the rolling, wooded hills of western Clermont County in 1811, Union Township remains poised to accommodate continued and sustainable growth over 200 years later. Union Township’s key location along the Eastern Corridor for the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Region has led to its distinction as both a gateway to the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area and as a destination for residents and businesses alike. Well-managed and readily accessible local government, a business-friendly atmosphere, nationally accredited police & fire departments, easy accessibility to highways, and the ever-increasing presence of an educated and motivated workforce are all contributing factors to the creation or retention of more than 6,000 jobs, and investment of more than $638 million over the last 13 years. Also, with an aggregate taxable valuation over one billion dollars as of 2018, Union Township remains the wealthiest community in Clermont County.

Union Township staff actively work to forge and strengthen relationships with the Clermont County Office of Economic Development, the Economic Development Corporation of Clermont County, and the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, leading to an effective blending of public and private resources and expertise. Whether you are an existing company looking to grow your business or a company seeking to relocate to the township, we invite you to experience the benefits that this highly motivated and effective economic development collaborative has to offer.

Total Quality Logistics – 2,000
KDI Precision Products – 574
DRS Technologies- 350
Child Focus- 300
Jeff Wyler Automotive Family- 280
Multi-color Corporation-170

 

Permits

Accessory Structure- Storage Shed/ Garage Application

Accessory Use Permit Application

Accessory Use Permit Application

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Change of Use (or New Occupant) Application

Commercial Development Permit

Commercial Development Permit

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Commercial Application

Commercial Development Permit

Commercial Development Permit

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Deck Application

Accessory Use Permit Application

Accessory Use Permit Application

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Fence Application

Accessory Use Permit Application

Accessory Use Permit Application

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Fire Department Review Application

UTFD Review Application

UTFD Review Application

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Pool Application

Accessory Use Permit Application

Accessory Use Permit Application

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Residential Addition Application

Residential Permit Application

Residential Permit Application

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Residential Dwelling Application

Residential Permit Application

Residential Permit Application

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Signage Application

Signage Permit Application

Signage Permit Application

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Temporary Use Application

Temporary Use Permit Application

Temporary Use Permit Application

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Permit Information

Official Zoning Map

Official Zoning Map

Official Zoning Map

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R-1/ R-2 Zoning Information

R-1/ R-2 Zoning Information

R-1/ R-2 Zoning Information

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Sample Site Plan

Sample Site Plan

Sample Site Plan

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Section 1131 Checklist

Section 1131 Checklist

Section 1131 Checklist

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Signage Summary

Signage Summary

Signage Summary

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PD Checklist

PD Checklist

PD Checklist

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Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule

Fee Schedule

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Upcoming Zoning Cases

Upcoming Zoning Cases January 2020
Upcoming Zoning Cases January 2020
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Contact Us

  Zoning Department:

  4350 Aicholtz Road
  Cincinnati, OH 45245

  Phone:
  (513) 753-2300

  Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m