The objective of Bainbridge Township zoning is to protect the area from
unrestricted development. The township created a Zoning Commission and
Board of Zoning Appeals in 1949. Each group has five members who serve
a five-year, staggered term basis. Members are appointed by the Board of
Trustees. Linda Zimmerman is the secretary for both boards.
The Zoning Commission creates zoning regulations and makes
recommendations on amendments for zoning changes that are directed to
trustees for a final decision. The township has zoning for residential,
convenience business, light industrial, mixed use (PUD), active public
park, passive public park and professional office uses.
The Board of Zoning Appeals considers requests from residents seeking "area" and/or "use" variances from current regulations. The BZA also grants conditional permits as provided for in the zoning regulations. The Zoning Inspector can instruct residents on whether changes to their property will require review by the BZA.
The township's zoning department is staffed by Zoning Inspector Karen Endres and Administrative Assistant Linda Zimmerman.