BIG rezoning changes are being proposed in northern Liberty Township!

This website is here to bring awareness and encourage residents to voice their concerns to our Liberty Township Trustees.

The following text is from the Liberty Township Webpage posted 2/17/21

The Board of Trustees began the Public Hearing on POD18D on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 with a continuance date of March 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM. During the February 16 hearing, the Trustees heard many concerns and suggestions for improvement from residents. Public input is crucial in this process and the Board wants residents to have the opportunity to have their input on the text and maps of this development plan to be heard.

Please use the POD18D Resident Input form to provide your input. We ask that your input is constructive and relative to the text and/or the map of Planned Overlay District 18D. This is not the forum for complaints or criticism of the Board, the Zoning process or the developer - this is the way to have your constructive ideas considered.

                                           Click here for the POD 18D Resident Input Form  

A request is being made for Liberty Township to amend its current zoning resolution and map by re-zoning over 190 acres to allow for a massive development, including commercial and multi-family.  The proposed rezoning is not consistent with the Township’s recently approved Comprehensive Plan, which recognizes the subject area as being primarily for 1.0 and 1.25 dwelling units per net developable acre.  The proposed rezoning district is known as Article 18D—Planned Overlay District, and the area can be seen on the map to the left.  The chart set forth below is also from the proposed Planned Overlay District and indicates what can be developed in each area, along with certain development parameters.

The proposed rezoning area consists of the following:

  1. Various areas along both sides of Sawmill Parkway north of Hyatts Road and south of Clark-Shaw Road.

  2. An area along the north side of Hyatts Road, west of the railroad tracks and east of Sawmill Parkway.

  3. An area along the south side of Clark-Shaw just east of Sawmill Parkway

  • This Planned Overlay District was first considered by Liberty Township’s Zoning Commission.  After 2 public meetings in which residents voiced their concerns, the Zoning Commission did not recommend the rezoning in POD 18-D to the Township Trustees.  Liberty Township Trustees had a public meeting on February 16th. The meeting has been continued to March 15th at 7pm.  The Trustees are requesting public input about the POD 18D.  Click here to give them input:

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  • It is vital for all of us to let our voices be heard for responsible growth in Liberty Township, with such growth and uses being as set forth in the Township’s own Comprehensive Plan, which was approved, after many hours of planning and public meetings, by our Zoning Commission and then our Trustees on February 5, 2018.

If the Planned Overlay District is approved by the Township Trustees, then the developer will not need to pursue any further amendments to the Township’s Zoning Resolution for the development of the District’s Subareas, but will be able to proceed to the Township for approval of the final development plan, provided that such final plan is within the wide parameters of the proposed Planned Overlay District.  The review of the final development plan would then be a ministerial act and may not be appealed pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 2506.

THE TIME IS NOW TO MAKE OUR VOICES HEARD—BEFORE THE TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES VOTE ON THE PROPOSED PLANNED OVERLAY DISTRICT.  IF IT IS APPROVED, MULTI-FAMILY AND COMMERCIAL USES, ALONG WITH SUBSTANTIAL DENSITY, WILL BE PERMITTED IN OUR AREA OF THE TOWNSHIP, WHICH WAS NOT IN THE VISION OF OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.

The Vision Statement in Liberty Township’s Comprehensive Plan (page 66), which was adopted less than 3 years ago, is as true today as it was in 2018.  This is why many of us have chosen to live in this part of the township and are opposed to the proposed Planned Overlay District. Below is the Vision Statement taken directly from the Comprehensive Plan.

We understand that development will take place in Liberty Township; however, the development should be done responsibly.