About 114 property owners in the northeast quadrant of Liberty Township now have a zoning designation that matches the use of their property.
It is part of a township wide initiative to match the use of residentially developed property currently zoned agriculture with its use. In part it was prompted by efforts to construct a cell phone tower near the Hawthorne Hills subdivision.
Although Ohio law doesn’t permit a township to ban communications towers, it does allow for certain guidelines for the towers – but not in agriculture or commercial zones.
To address that issue without changing how property owners could use their parcels, a new zone – residential estate – was suggested. It moved through the review and approval process simultaneously as the rezoning changes in the northeast quadrant, near the proposed communications tower.
Earlier this week trustees approved the creation of the new district along with rezoning some single family parcels from agriculture to the new zone or one of the other residential zones.
“The auditor said this won’t raise taxes,’’ Trustee David Kern said. “Nor will it change in any way the use of your property.”
Adding the new zone and changing the zoning on the properties were also approved by the Butler County Planning Commission and the township’s zoning commission.
Township staff has begun the same review of parcels in or near subdivisions that are zoned for agriculture to see if they, too, should be changed to a residential zone. It will be done quadrant by quadrant.