The Township Zoning Inspector Melissa Murphy is responsible for controlled enforcement of Township property use development. She supervises the needs of present and future generations of the Weathersfield Township residents by providing daily and long term planning to help to guarantee the protection of property owned in Weathersfield Township.
The five members of the Zoning Commission are appointed by the Township Trustees to serve as a fact-finding board with an advisory function to the Township Trustees to: prepare the Zoning Resolution and Zoning Map, and recommend any changes or amendments.
The Commissioners are appointed to serve five-year terms, which are staggered to have a different member's term expire each year. Each member is selected for appointment so as to have them residing in different neighborhoods of the Township. The position of Zoning Commission Chairman is yearly rotated at the Board's annual reorganization meeting. The Commission's monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
The meetings are held at the Township Administration Building, 1451 Prospect St., Mineral Ridge. The five members of the Board of Zoning Appeals are also appointed by the Township Trustees to serve their staggered five-year terms as representatives of different neighborhoods. Questions of Zoning Regulations Interpretation, Appeals, Variances, Conditional Use Permits, and buffering are the only responsibilities of the Board of Appeals permitted under provisions of the Ohio Revised Code.
The position of Zoning Appeals Board Chairman is yearly rotated at the Board's annual reorganization meeting. The Board of Appeals monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m, and only held if there is a hearing scheduled.
No person shall locate, erect, construct, reconstruct, enlarge, or structurally alter any Building or Structure, or change the Use of any land, Building, Accessory Building or Structure, or change or install any Sign or fence within Weathersfield Township without obtaining a Zoning Certificate as required by these Regulations, and no such Certificate shall be issued unless the information submitted by the applicant establishes that the proposed Building, Structure, Lot, Sign, fence or Use will conform to all the requirements of these Regulations and the Ohio Revised Code. Zoning Certificates are required for the following:
102.1 Construction. Before any Structure or Dwelling is built, erected, enlarged, changed or placed on a property, a Zoning Certificate is required.
102.2 Use/Occupancy. When the Use of land, a Building or Structure changes, or a new business occupies an existing Building or Structure, an Occupancy Certificate is required.
102.3 Signs. Before any Sign may be constructed, structurally altered, attached to a Building, or placed on a Lot, a Sign Certificate is required.
102.4 Fences. Before any fence may be constructed, structurally altered, or placed on a Lot, a Fence Certificate is required.
102.5 Agricultural Building. Any person who seeks to construct, reconstruct, enlarge, or structurally alter any Building or Structure to be used primarily for Agricultural purposes, as defined in R.C. 519.01 shall complete the Agricultural Building Use Application/Affidavit, and if the Building meets the requirements as set forth in Article 21 of this Resolution the Zoning Inspector shall issue a Zoning Certificate that the Building is “Agriculture Building – Exempt”. A house is not an agricultural Building as determined in Ohio Attorney General Opinion 1962-3440.
102.6 Swimming Pool. Before an in-ground swimming pool or a non-portable above-ground swimming pool may be constructed or structurally altered, a Zoning Certificate is required.