Interview with Zoning Inspector Chris Alusheff: Will OH Senate Usurp Township Zoning Authority?

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Fortify Geauga President Tiffanie Broadbent interviews Mr. Chris Alusheff, Zoning Inspector for Claridon and Chester Townships, on recent developments in the Ohio Senate Select Committee on Housing. The Committee has published a report that describes township zoning authority as a detriment to meeting Ohio's housing needs. How will this development, and the anticipated legislation it will inform, impact Geauga County?
0:32 Background: structure of townships, differences between townships & cities
2:25 Differences between zoned & unzoned townships, affect of zoning on daily life, property values
4:28 Residential, commercial and industrial zoning
5:21 Minimum lot sizes
5:58 Zoning referenda and appeals
7:35 Discussion of proposed (unsuccessful) zoning amendment in Chesterland in 2022
9:27 Current moves by the Senate Select Committee on Housing to override township zoning
10:08 Building industry groups & lobbyist pitting describing township zoning authority as a detriment to fair housing
11:32 Senate Select Committee proposing statewide action based on the needs of a few Columbus-area counties
12:18 (The Senate Select committee on Housing) has identified …township zoning laws as the enemy to their large housing development plans. So what are they proposing to do?
13:40 Elimination of community input with zoning boards gone, difficulty of one-size-fits-all, state-directed zoning policies
17:32 What can people in Geauga County do who are worried about this?
20:06 Regular citizens keep our local government working
20:44 Geauga county townships vulnerable to state control and developers
21:56 State control of zoning regulations will invite more federal involvement due to infrastructure dollars being ties to zoning reform

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