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Zoning Updates

zoning-real-estate-termThe Sheffield Township Zoning Department would like to update residents on some recent changes in our resolutions, and also send out a reminder with regard to other items.

The Sheffield Township Zoning Department would like to update residents on some recent changes in our resolutions, and also send out a reminder with regard to other items.

Take pride in your property. Keep it clean, neat, and orderly; and encourage your neighbors to do the same. As a community, the cleanliness and upkeep of every property in Sheffield Township affect the values of all of our properties.

Please report illegal dumping when you see it. If we receive enough information such as license plate numbers, descriptions of the vehicles, or persons, the Lorain County Sherriff’s Department is very good at following up and prosecuting those apprehended for illegal littering.

Following are some details from the Ohio Revised code which dictate how the Township resolutions are structured:

Recently in Sheffield Township it became necessary to pass a resolution to prohibit owning and raising poultry on lots less than one acre in size. This is consistent and in compliance with Ohio Revised Code Section 303.21, in particular, subsection B, items 1,2 & 3 under subsection B. This O.R.C. code is listed for your consideration and understanding.

303.21 Limitations on powers – Agricultural Purposes

(A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, sections 303.01 to 303.25 of the Revised Code do not confer any power on any county rural zoning commission, board of county commissioners, or board of zoning appeals to prohibit the use of any land for agricultural purposes or the construction or use of buildings or structures incident to the use for agricultural purposes of the land on which such buildings or structures are located, and no zoning certificate shall be required for any such building or structure.

(B) A county zoning resolution, or an amendment to such resolution, may in any platted subdivision approved under section 711.05, 711.09, or 711.10 of the Revised Code, or in any area consisting of fifteen or more lots approved under section 711.131 of the Revised Code that are contiguous to one another, or some of which are contiguous to one another and adjacent to one side of a dedicated public road, and the balance of which are contiguous to one another and adjacent to the opposite side of the same dedicated public road regulate:

(1) Agriculture on lots of one acre or less;
(2) Buildings or structures incident to the use of land for agricultural purposes on lots greater than one acre but not greater than five acres by: set back building lines; height; and size;
(3) Dairying and animal and poultry husbandry on lots greater than one acre but not greater than five acres when at least thirty-five percent of the lots in the subdivision are developed with at least one building, structure, or improvement that is subject to real property taxation or that is subject to the tax on manufactured and mobile homes under section 4503.06 of the Revised Code. After thirty-five percent of the lots are so developed, dairying and animal and poultry husbandry shall be considered non-conforming use of land and buildings or structures pursuant to section 303.19 of the Revised Code.

Disabled and Unlicensed Vehicles – Section 1511

As a reminder, it is prohibited in Sheffield Township to have disabled, or unlicensed vehicles un-garaged in Sheffield Township. This Resolution is listed in detail under Section 1511 of the Sheffield Township Zoning Resolutions. If you have vehicles that have not been operable, and they have been sitting for more than two months, please have them removed from your property or park them inside of a garage so they are out of sight. They cannot remain parked in plain view.

The same applies to vehicles that are operable, but unlicensed. Residents must either park the vehicle in a garage, or get an up to date license tag for that particular vehicle. If these two options are not acted on, the vehicle must be removed from the property.

More than one unlicensed vehicle unfit to operate on the highways is not permitted anywhere in Sheffield Township. Disabled and junk vehicles are an eyesore, they create habitats for rodents, and they are potentially dangerous should children be playing around or in them.

Maintaining Yards – Section 318

In section 318 of the Sheffield Township resolutions, it is a requirement for all township residents to keep their yards free from debris and the grass mowed. The grass should be kept at a height of eight inches or less. After two notices to correct such situations the Township may take action to correct these situations if the resident does not.

In addition, please note the following from Ohio Revised Code Section 505.87 which also applies to Sheffield Township.

505.87 Abatement,Control, or Removal of Vegetation, Garbage, Refuse, and other Debris

(A) A board of township trustees may provide for the abatement, control, or removal of vegetation, garbage, refuse, and other debris from land in the township if the board determines that the owner’s maintenance of that vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris constitutes a nuisance.
(B) At least seven days before providing for the abatement, control, or removal of any vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, the board of township trustees shall notify the owner of the land and any holders of liens of record upon the land that:
(1) The owner is ordered to abate, control, or remove the vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, the owner’s maintenance of which has been determined by the board to be a nuisance;
(2) If that vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris is not abated, controlled, or removed, or if provision for its abatement, control, or removal is not made, within seven days, the board shall provide for the abatement, control, or removal, and any expenses incurred by the board in performing that task shall be entered upon the tax duplicate and become a lien upon the land from the date of entry.

The board shall send the notice to the owner of the land by certified mail if the owner is a resident of the township or is a nonresident whose address is known, and by certified mail to lienholders of record; alternatively, if the owner is a resident of the township or is a nonresident whose address is known, the board may give notice to the owner by causing any of its agents or employees to post the notice on the principal structure on the land and to photograph that posted notice with a camera capable of recording the date of the photograph on it. If the owner’s address is unknown and cannot reasonably be obtained, it is sufficient to publish the notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the township.
(C) If a board of township trustees determines within twelve consecutive months after a prior nuisance determination that the same owner’s maintenance of vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris on the same land in the township constitutes a nuisance, at least four days before providing for the abatement, control, or removal of any vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, the board shall give notice of the subsequent nuisance determination to the owner of the land and to any holders of liens of record upon the land as follows:
(1) The board shall send written notice by first class mail to the owner of the land and to any lienholders of record. Failure of delivery of the notice shall not invalidate any action to abate, control, or remove the nuisance. Alternatively, the board may give notice to the owner by causing any of its agents or employees to post the notice on the principal structure on the land and to photograph that posted notice with a camera capable of recording the date of the photograph on it.
(2) If the owner’s address is unknown and cannot reasonably be obtained, it is sufficient to post the notice on the board of township trustee’s website for four consecutive days, or to post the notice in a conspicuous location in the board’s office for four consecutive days if the board does not maintain a website.
(D) The owner of the land or holders of liens of record upon the land may enter into an agreement with the board of township trustees providing for either party to the agreement to perform the abatement, control, or removal before the time the board is required to provide for the abatement, control, or removal under division (E) of this section.
(E) If, within seven days after notice is given under division (B) of this section, or within four days after notice is given under division (C) of this section, the owner of the land fails to abate, control, or remove the vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, or no agreement for its abatement, control, or removal is entered into under division (D) of this section, the board of township trustees shall provide for the abatement, control, or removal and may employ the necessary labor, materials, and equipment to perform the task. All expenses incurred, when approved by the board, shall be paid out of the township general fund from moneys not otherwise appropriated, except that if the expenses incurred exceed five hundred dollars, the board may borrow moneys from a financial institution to pay for the expenses in whole or in part.
(F) The board of township trustees shall make a written report to the county auditor of the board’s action under this section. The board shall include in the report a proper description of the premises and a statement of all expenses incurred in providing for the abatement, control, or removal of any vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris as provided in division (E) of this section, including the board's charges for its services, the costs incurred in providing notice, any fees or interest paid to borrow moneys, and the amount paid for labor, materials, and equipment. The expenses incurred, when allowed, shall be entered upon the tax duplicate, are a lien upon the land from the date of the entry, shall be collected as other taxes, and shall be returned to the township and placed in the township general fund.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.53, HB 393, §1, eff. 6/18/2010. Effective Date: 03-31- 2003; 2007 HB50 03-05- 2008

The Sheffield Township Zoning Department:
Mark Naro, Zoning Inspector
Andy Serfozo, Assistant Zoning Inspector
Cindy Caldwell, Zoning Secretary