Zoning

Bainbridge township

protection from unrestricted development

Zoning Department

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, Assistant Zoning Inspector Steve Averill, Zoning and Planning Coordinator David Dietrich, and Administrative Assistant Linda Zimmerman.

how to reach us

Get in Touch

17826 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023

Phone: (440) 543-9871
Email: kendres@bainbridgetwp.com

Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Evening Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on the 4th Monday and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Appointments are recommended.

meet the

Zoning Staff

Zoning Inspector
Karen Endres
Assistant Zoning Inspector
Steve Averill
Planning and Zoning Coordinator
Dave Dietrich
Zoning Secretary
Linda Zimmerman

Board of Zoning Appeals members

 

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M.

Vacancy – 12/31/2025

Michael Lamanna, Chair – 12/31/2021

Ted DeWater – 12/31/2022

Joseph Gutoskey – 12/31/2023

Todd Lewis, Vice Chair – 12/31/2024

Brent Barr, Alternate – 12/31/2022

Ian Friedman, Alternate – 12/31/2021

zoning commission members

 

The Zoning Commission meets the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.

Marion Perry – 12/31/2025

Marlene Walkush – 12/31/2021

Dennis Williams, Vice Chair – 12/31/2022

Kristina Alaei – 12/31/2023

John Lateulere, Chair – 12/31/2024

Laura Weber, Alternate – 12/31/2022

Stacy Westervelt, Alternate – 12/31/2021

important documents

Zoning Information

frequently asked questions

Zoning Certificates

What projects require a zoning certificate?

Any project that results in additional lot coverage requires a zoning certificate including but not limited to sheds, driveway expansions, fences, patios, and decks – covered and uncovered. Additionally, interior alterations that result in construction changes require a zoning certificate. Examples of projects that do not require a zoning certificate include window and roof replacements that do not change the size or height of the structure or cosmetic projects such as painting, replacement of flooring, and electrical and plumbing work. Note that even if a zoning certificate is not required from the township, there still may be a county requirement for a building permit (440-279-1780). Please call if there is any question regarding the need for a zoning certificate.

 

Do new businesses need a zoning certificate?

Businesses moving into or relocating within Bainbridge Township need to apply for a commercial use zoning certificate. It is in the permitting process that it is determined that the proposed use is permitted at a given location and the new business is registered with the township with the contact information of the business owner.

 

Do I need a zoning certificate to move or put up a sign?

Ground, wall, marquee, and window signs require zoning certificates. When an old sign is moved to a new location on the property or structure a zoning certificate is required. Changing the text of a changeable copy sign does not require a zoning certificate.

 

Are temporary signs permitted?

Temporary signs are permitted with a zoning certificate under very specific circumstances in the residential zoning districts. Contact the Zoning Department regarding temporary signs.

 

Are signs permitted in the road right of way or on utility poles?

Signs are not permitted in the road right of way or on utility poles.

 

Do zoning certificates require a fee?

Yes – see the fee schedule.

 

May I run a business from my home?

Some businesses are permitted in residential homes under very specific and limited circumstances. A home business requires a Home Occupation zoning certificate. Anyone needing further information on the permitting process may contact the Zoning Department at Bainbridge Town Hall (440-543-9871).

 

Where can I get a zoning certificate application?

The applications for zoning certificates are available at Bainbridge Town Hall located at 17826 Chillicothe Road behind the Fire Department. Applications are also available at the Bainbridge Township website under Zoning Forms and Fees.

 

Do I need to provide all of the information requested on the application? What documentation is needed?

All information on the application needs to be provided to be considered a complete application.

There needs to be an authorization paper trail to demonstrate that the applicant has standing to submit the application.

In most cases, the property deed is the best record to use since the deed documents both the legal description and the property owner.

In the case where the applicant is a third party such as a contractor, the property owner needs to supply along with the deed, a signed document giving the third party authorization to submit the zoning application.

Projects with more than 300 sq’ of soil disturbance require a sediment control plan approved by Geauga Soil and Water (440-834-1122).

The zoning map is on the Bainbridge Township website for use in determining the property’s zoning district.

The property’s parcel number may be obtained at the Geauga County Auditor’s website.

Building plans and a site plan with setback dimensions are required for construction projects and ground signs.

 

How do I contact the zoning inspector?

Karen Endres, the Bainbridge Township Zoning Inspector, may be contacted at the Bainbridge Town Hall at 440-543-9871 or by e-mail at kendres@bainbridgetwp.com.