Zoning and planning is the establishing and enforcement of goals for land use development and future growth of a particular jurisdiction and/or its surrounding region. Planning establishes what would preferable sites for industrial, commercial, residential, and recreational uses. Zoning provides a mechanism by which those planning goals may be implemented and enforced. Further, it protects the rights and privileges of all the townships residents, and encourages sensible growth throughout the township.
The Township has adopted a comprehensive plan to guide future Township land use decisions. The Township has also adopted a zoning resolution per Chapter 519 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Harrison Township Zoning forms are available for you to print out, fill in and mail or deliver to the Township office.
Funding – The Township pays for planning and zoning with proceeds from zoning fees, the schedule for which is available at the Township Hall.
Comprehensive Plan – The Township in 2009 updated its Comprehensive Plan to include specific recommendations for land use, transportation, and services. Among other purposes, the Comprehensive Plan is intended to guide future Township land use decisions. The Comprehensive Plan is available at the Township Hall, and the entire document as well as text and individual maps are available at the Township Hall.
Zoning Resolution – The Zoning Resolution comprises the duly adopted laws governing land use in the Township. The Zoning Resolution is available at the Township Hall.
Zoning Permits – Zoning Permits are required to establish any uses in the Township, as well as to construct or alter any building in the Township. Applications for Zoning Certificates, as well as for conditional uses, variances, and amendments are available at the Township Hall.
Building Permits – Building Permits are also required for certain use and building purposes in the Township and are issued by the Licking County Building Code Department. Information about securing building permits in the Township is available at the Township Hall.
Zoning Inspector – The Zoning Inspector is charged with zoning administration, issuance of permits, and enforcement. The Zoning Inspector is assisted, as needed, by other Township staff. Please contact this department at (740) 927-8277 with any zoning questions.
Zoning Commission – The Board of Trustees appoints five Zoning Commission (ZC) members to staggered five-year terms, and appoints ZC alternates to five-year terms, to fulfill duties outlined in Chapter 519 of the Ohio Revised Code. The ZC reviews proposed planned developments of various types and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding amendments to the Zoning Resolution map and text. The ZC meets, deliberates, and acts on all matters in public. ZC meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month, with the exception of holidays. All meetings are held at 7:00 PM in the Meeting Room of Township Hall, 6750 Outville Rd., Pataskala, OH 43062.
Board of Zoning Appeals – The Board of Trustees appoints five Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) members to staggered five-year terms, and appoints BZA alternates to five-year terms, to fulfill duties outlined in Chapter 519 of the Ohio Revised Code. The BZA hears appeals from administrative decisions, as well as requests for variances and conditional uses. All meetings are held at the township offices, as necessary, in the Township Hall, 6750 Outville Rd., Pataskala, OH 43062.