Palmyra Township, Portage County Ohio
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Friday, 02 September 2005 01:49

The Palmyra Township Zoning Board of Appeals authority is established under Section 519 of the Ohio Revised Code. Local zoning regulations require the Zoning Board of Appeals to establish a set of rules and procedures for guiding the conduct of hearings and to provide standards by which the substance of testimony and other evidence is offered and judged.

The Zoning Board of Appeals quasi-judicial function arises from its authority to hear and decide appeals. It is the first step that an individual may take to appeal a decision made by the Zoning Inspector or to request a variance from a standard within the zoning regulations as it applies to their property. The Zoning Board of Appeals will usually be able to resolve any conflict and, if not, the next step for the aggrieved party is the Portage County Court of Common Pleas.

If you want an appeal you must have all your information into the Zoning Inspector by the 7th of the month to be on the agenda for the following month.

The Zoning Board of Appeals also has the authority to grant variances from the strict terms of the zoning regulations where unnecessary hardship would otherwise result. Members of the Board of Appeals must realize the problems which would result in eroding the zoning regulations through the granting of an excessive number of variances. The Zoning Board of Appeals does not have the authority to make changes in the zoning resolution or map.

Review of applications for conditional use permits are also a function of the Zoning Board of Appeals to insure that all the required standards and conditions for the placement of the conditional use in a particular district have been met.

Palmyra Township Board of Trustees appoints five members, two alternates, and a board secretary to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Like the Zoning Commission, terms are staggered so that one term expires each year. The Zoning Board of Appeals members are also residents within the Township. If you are interested in serving on the Zoning Board of Appeals, please send your resume with letter of interest to the Township Clerk. Should you have any questions, please contact one of the Palmyra Township Trustees.

Zoning Board of Appeals meetings are held at the Palmyra Township Fire Department located at 3956 State Route 225 on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM as needed.

The current Zoning Board of Appeals members are:

Name Term Expires
Jeff Swenton
12/31/20
Lynn Mollohan 12/31/21
Carolyn Pfieffer-Fiala - Chairperson
12/31/17
Jamie Brawley
12/31/18
Mitch McLay - Vice Chairman 12/31/19
Open Position - 1st Alternate
Open Position - 2nd Alternate
Kim Spencer - Board Secretary
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