Zoning Inspectors Group

Zoning Inspectors Group training opportunities. 

The Ohio Township Association’s Zoning Inspectors Group meets quarterly and combines networking with education. The informal group was formed at the request of OTA members; it does not operate by a set of bylaws and has no governing board.

The Zoning Inspectors meet quarterly and meetings combine networking with educational information. The Zoning Inspectors Group is also a great resource to ask questions of counterparts.

Full Upcoming Events Calendar

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There is no cost to be a member of the Zoning Inspectors Group, but there is a cost to attend the trainings. An associate membership in the OTA does provide for reduced training fees. The list of members is maintained by OTA staff. If you would like to be placed on the list, please email OTA Meeting and Events Coordinator Michael Zaky at zaky@ohiotownships.org

Upcoming Workshops:

  • April 21 
    • Topic:
      Plan Reviews - When They are Needed and How to Process Them

      Speaker:
      Jacob Barnes, Planning Director, Springfield Township, Lucas County

      Description:

      This session will discuss the importance of an efficient site plan review process for townships large and small. We will look at the process and share tips to make it beneficial for the applicant and the township.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To purchase the recording of this session, please contact Michael Zaky at 614-863-0045 or zaky@ohiotownships.org.         

  • June 23
    • Topic:
      Tiny Houses and Temporary Structures

      Speaker:
      Peter Griggs, Attorney, Brosius, Johnson & Griggs, LLC

      Description:

      Despite the growing enthusiasm for tiny houses, many zoning resolutions fail to address this increasing trend. This seminar will focus on recent trends on tiny housing zoning regulations, whether or not your township needs to regulate, and a review and discussion on sample zoning provisions to address tiny housing. 

      To purchase the recording of this session, please contact Michael Zaky at 614-863-0045 or zaky@ohiotownships.org.
  • August 18
    • Topic:
      Development Disasters and How to Defend Against Them

      Speaker:
      Jacob Barnes, Planning Director, Springfield Township, Lucas County

      Description:

      Vacant, failed, or fledgling development projects can create a myriad of issues for townships, including poor maintenance, incomplete infrastructure, stormwater management impacts, and declining property values in the surrounding community. This session will explore how an approved, compliant land development can fail and what townships can do to protect themselves.

  • October 15 (in-person)
    • Topics:
      • Case Law Update/Legal Q&A

      • Round Table: How We’ve Adapted with Covid (Violations, Permits, etc…)  

      • Junk Vehicles, Trash, and Nuisance Properties

      • Agritourism - What it means to your township

      • Transient Vendor Permits - How to Achieve Compliance & How to Enforce

  • December 15
    • Topic:
      Zoning Solutions for Livable Communities

      Speaker:
      Jacob Barnes, Planning Director, Springfield Township, Lucas County

      Description:

      Zoning is a unique profession.  Planning and Zoning officials encounter a variety of issues on a daily basis.  We encounter a variety of people on a daily basis.  We encounter tough questions and demanding situations.  How can we handle all of these things successfully?  How can we make improvements to what we are currently doing?  This session is an audience discussion to see what we can learn from each other when dealing with many potentially difficult issues, all with the goal of having a “livable” community.

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