Homeowners in 17 subdivisions in Liberty Township may see their property rezoned from agriculture to residential next year.
Township trustees have begun the process to rezone certain parcels in the southeast and southwest quadrants of the township – basically lots located south of Millikin Road.
Properties being considered are those fewer than five acres, now zoned agriculture, that are located in subdivisions. Under consideration is rezoning those properties to the newly created residential estate or one of the other residential classifications.
The move, officials say, will make it harder for a communications tower to be built in a subdivision and it would have zoning match the use of the property.
Changing the zoning would not affect how the property is taxed or how it could be used in most cases, said Jon West, the township’s director of planning and zoning.
“Property is taxed how it’s used, not how it’s zoned,’’ West said, citing a letter from Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds, Liberty Township’s former fiscal officer.
Before anything is rezoned it would go before the Butler County Planning Commission, the Liberty Township Zoning Commission, and township trustees.
Each body would hold its own public hearing before a final decision would be made by trustees, in late February or March, West said.
The township has already completed the rezoning process in the northeast quadrant of the township.
Trustee Tom Farrell said he also wants the staff to look at the zoning text to see if it can be amended so this process doesn’t have to be repeated in the future.
“There’s got to be a way to fix this going forward,’’ Farrell said. “It (rezoning) wastes everybody’s time.”
Early next year the process is expected to begin for properties in the township’s northwest quadrant.