Zoning Commission

Once operated by the Hamilton County Zoning Department, Sycamore Township residents voted in November 1998 to establish their own local zoning code and administrative procedures, much like that of the Hamilton County Zoning Department. The change would mean that the Trustees would be making the final zoning decisions in the Township. This new role for Sycamore Township is beneficial to the residents because we will be able to promptly respond to zoning violations and local people will be making the decisions for our future. The Zoning Commission is a commission of five Township residents appointed by the Trustees. The Planning & Zoning Commission makes recommendations to the Trustees on all Township issues such as Zone Changes, Planned Unit Developments, PUD Amendments, LASR’s and to provide feedback for the Township corridor studies, land use plan and specific public interest. Please contact the Planning & Zoning office for the step by step process to file for a zone change, PUD, LASR or Modification to a PUD.

The applicant is responsible for submitting plans to outside agencies for required reviews. For a listing of contacts for outside agencies – CLICK HERE.

Conference RoomMEETINGS
The Zoning Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of each month. Meetings are held in the Township Administration Building located at 8540 Kenwood Road at 7:00 PM. Dates and times for the board meetings are always posted on the home page of website. The public is welcome. For a list of meeting minutes and agendas please CLICK HERE.

PUBLIC COMMENTS DURING MEETING
We welcome comments and questions at board meetings. Public participants must be Township residents and have a legitimate interest in the action of the case. This is the time when members of the public may direct concerns, questions, suggestions or comments to the board when directed.

BOARD AGENDA
The board agenda typically consists of the roll call, approval of past meeting minutes, old and new business, a trustees report, the date of the next meeting, miscellaneous communication & business and adjournment.

YOUR APPOINTED BOARD MEMBERS
The Sycamore Township Zoning Commission consists of 5 members and 1 alternate appointed by the Township Trustees, who must be residents of the unincorporated territory of Sycamore Township included in the area zoned. Vacancies are filled by the Board of Trustees and are for the unexpired term. Members with board position and term expiration include:

zoning commission memners

Zoning Commission Members from left to right: Roger Friedman, Rich Barrick, Anne Flanagan, Tom Kronenberger, Bill Mees and Steve Roos

Rich Barrick
Position: Co-Chairman
Resident of Sycamore Township-Northern Section
Appointed in May of 1996
Term Expires in December 2019

Roger Friedmann
Position: Chairman
Resident of Sycamore Township-Northern Section
Appointed in December of 1998
Term Expires in December 2021

Anne Flanagan
Position: Member
Resident of Sycamore Township-Southern Section
Appointed in January of 2006
Term Expires in December 2020

Steve Roos
Position: Alternate
Resident of Sycamore Township-Southern Section
Appointed in November of 2009
Term Expires in December 2020

Bill Mees
Position: Secretary
Resident of Sycamore Township-Southern Section
Appointed in June of 2006
Term Expires in December of 2017

Tom Kronenberger
Position: Member
Resident of Sycamore Township-Southern Section
Appointed in August 2010
Term Expires in December of 2018

What is a ZONE CHANGE?
A Zone Change is a change from one property use to another. (i.e. a residential use to a retail use)

What is a PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT?
A PUD, as it is commonly called, is a means of land regulation which promotes large scale, unified land development by means of mid-range, realistic programs in chase of physically-curable, social and economic deficiencies in land and cityscapes. Where appropriate, this development control promotes:

A mixture of both land uses and dwelling types with at least one of the land uses being regional in nature
The clustering of residential land uses providing public and common open space
Increased administrative discretion to a local professional planning staff while setting aside present land use regulations and rigid plat approval processes
The enhancement of the bargaining process between the developer and government municipalities which in turn strengthens the municipality’s site plan review and control over development for potentially increased profits due to land efficiency, multiple land uses, and increased residential densities.
What is a PUD MODIFICATION?
A PUD modification is a request for a change to a previously approved Planned Unit Development. Modifications can be either Major or Minor changes to the plan.

What does LASR stand for?
An LASR is a Localized Alternative Sign Regulation. The purpose of an LASR is to allow the creation of special signage for large scale land uses, such as shopping centers, office parks, airports, large institutions, universities, medical centers or other uses having multiple buildings

I received a Public Notice. What does that mean?
You received a notice because your property is located within proximity of a project and we are required by law to notify parties in interest within two hundred feet of the Real Property. If you wish to see current plans for public review, please click here. During the public hearing, the Board will ask for comments from the surrounding property owners. At this time, you may discuss any comments, concerns, or opinions you may have on the proposal. Upon conclusion of this hearing, this matter will be considered by the board. They will take a vote based on the information presented. You are not required to attend this meeting; however, if you have a comment or concern, the Zoning Commission would like to know. You may also send comments in writing to the department. Please make sure that your comments arrive at the Township before the scheduled hearing.