- Township Boards and Committees
Township Boards and Committees
Board of Zoning AppealsThe Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is judiciary in nature with the authority to hear and decide variance, conditional use permit, and appeal applications. The BZA operates under the authority of Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 519 and the members deliberate on their decisions after all the evidence on each case is presented in a public hearing. The BZA’s decision is final and appealable only to a court of common pleas.
Each member is appointed by the Township Trustees for a five-year term and an alternate member is appointed for a one-calendar year term and all members must be a resident of Springfield Township.
The Zoning Board schedules meetings on the 3rd Tuesday at 5:30 PM only when needed.
Zoning CommissionThe Zoning Commission shall review each application to rezone land, change text of the existing Zoning Resolution and make recommendations to the Township Board of Trustees on each application or text amendment. The Zoning Commission ensures pertinent applications comply with the Winton Road Corridor Design guidelines.
Applications may be initiated by the property owner, Trustees or Zoning Commission. Only the Township Trustees have the authority to approve a zoning change or text amendment. Although, the Trustees must receive the Zoning Commission’s recommendation, the Trustees can accept, modify, deny or override the recommendation from the Zoning Commission by majority vote.
The Springfield Township Zoning Commission consists of five members which are appointed by the Township Trustees. As required by Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 519, all members must be residents of Springfield Township. Appointments for the members are five years, and the terms overlap.
The Zoning Commission generally schedules meetings on the 3rd Monday at 5:30 PM only when needed.
Arts and Enrichment CouncilThe Arts and Enrichment Council is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to create an engaged and vibrant community with quality-of-life enhancements through the arts, community events, parks and recreation. The organization hosts approximately 25-30 community events and facilitates art classes and camps for the residents and visitors of Springfield Township. Five board members are appointed to the Arts Council by the Springfield Township Board of Trustees. The Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer must be Township employees. Each board member serves in two-year terms, and may be renewed. Quarterly meetings are required.
JEDD and JEDZ BoardThe creation of the JEDD (Joint Economic Development DIstrict) or JEDZ (Joint Economic Development Zone) enables the implementation of an earnings tax on individuals working in the District or Zone. The designated area includes properties in Springfield Township where businesses are located and/or individuals work. The revenue generated through the JEDD or JEDZ earnings tax is used to continue current services and implement economic development initiatives for the improvement of existing commercial districts and the neighborhoods that support local businesses.
There are five residents servings as members of the JEDD board.
There are five residents servings as members of the JEDZ board.
Budget and Finance CommitteeThe Budget and Finance Committee consists of residents and business members with extensive backgrounds in finance. Members serve as an advisory panel to Administration during the budget process. Committee members are appointed by the Board of Trustees. Meetings are scheduled as needed.
Community Improvement Corporation(CIC)
The CIC was created in accordance with Chapters 1702 and 1724 of the Ohio Revised Code in order to advance, encourage and promote industrial, economic, commercial, housing and civic development in Springfield Township. The CIC has been designated by the Springfield Township Board of Trustees as the Economic Development agent for Springfield Township. There are five residents servings as members of the CIC board.