Burton Township Land Use Plan - Recommendations

Burton LUP - Recommendations




Basis For Recommendations

This chapter offers a series of recommendations that may guide the decision making process with regard to zoning and other land use issues. The land use plan map (Map 51) at the end of this chapter focuses on many of the items discussed below.

The recommendations generally originate from the following:

Environmental features
Demographic profiles
Community survey results
Input from township officials
Recognized planning and zoning principles, particularly in regard to striking an appropriate balance among various land uses.

Zoning Resolution

Initiate a program to periodically review the zoning resolution utilizing the latest version of the "Model Township Zoning Resolution" as a guide and include any statutory changes in order to enhance its defensibility
Examine the creation of a zoning permit tracking system linked to the township's GIS program for enforcement purposes and record keeping.
Consider the application of conservation open space design principles in conjunction with applicable county subdivision regulations and sewage disposal criteria. Such development must be density neutral.
Study the potential of establishing separate districts for commercial and industrial uses.
Carefully review the current permitted and conditional uses in the I-C district.

Zoning Map

The current R-3 and R-5 zoning districts should be evaluated based upon the land capability analysis.
Create an appropriate zone classification to address the county fairgrounds.
Review the creation of a new open space zone, taking into consideration the real property held for this purpose by various entities.
Assess the feasibility of downsizing the present I-C district.

Environmental Concerns

Work cooperatively with the Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) on erosion control and stormwater management issues. Low impact design techniques should be considered. Enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Geauga SWCD to assist the township with regard to storm water management concerns.
Encourage the use of conservation easements over environmentally sensitive lands (wetlands, designated floodplains, and unique natural areas) to preserve and protect them.
Educate the public with respect to "best management practices" to protect riparian corridors, wetlands and floodplains.
Support the water quality management policies set forth in the "Clean Water 2000" plan. Periodically update the 208 service area plan map of the township as conditions may warrant.
Initiate a review of the measures set forth in the U.S. EPA Phase II Stormwater Program.
Continue to work with the Upper Cuyahoga River Watershed Taskforce, the Scenic River Coordinator (ODNR), and the Cuyahoga River Navigator concerning the preservation efforts associated with the river.
Provide educational support to the local residents with regard to protection of surface and groundwater resources from pollution through the maintenance of on-site sewage systems.
Support the continuation of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) study of groundwater quality and quantity.

Recreation and Open Space

Encourage the creation of a "green corridor" along S.R.87. This is the "gateway " to the community.
Devise open space zoning regulations in recognition of environmentally sensitive lands held by, for example, the Nature Conservancy, the City of Akron, the Geauga Park District, land trusts, and conservation organizations.
Examine funding sources to acquire land or easements to protect sensitive environmental land. Continue to work with land trusts and public agencies in this regard.
Identify public recreation needs and pursue a management/funding plan.


Use the "Agricultural Security Area" map of the township as a guide to outline areas that may be suitable for farmland preservation (see Map 25).
Encourage landowners to make application to the State of Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP) administered by the Geauga County Farmland Preservation Office and the Ohio Department of Agriculture as well as the federal farm program.
Apprise landowners of the benefits with respect to the CAUV, forestry tax, and agricultural district programs available through the County Auditor's Office.
Educate the public on farmland preservation issues as set forth in the Geauga County Farmland Preservation Plan.
Review the cost of development versus farmland preservation as noted in the various COCS studies.


When warranted, support road interconnections within new subdivisions to enhance local traffic movement, road maintenance (such as snowplowing), school bus routing, and access by emergency and law enforcement vehicles.
Maintain a five-year plan for township road improvements. Substandard roads should comply with current design and construction criteria for safety and maintenance purposes.
Access management criteria (the placement and coordination of driveways and parking), particularly in the industrial-commercial district, should be taken into consideration during the site plan and development review process.
Monitor ODOT and NOACA activities related to future highway planning and funding programs.

Tax Base

Review the results of the Cost of Community Services (COCS) studies undertaken in various northeast Ohio townships.
Guide commercial and industrial development into the areas designated for such purposes.
Examine the economic development programs available through the County Economic and Community Development Department.
Evaluate JEDD and CEDA program criteria.

Safety and Emergency Issues

Recognize the need for continuing training and education of safety forces.
Devise a long-range plan for service requirements and plan for future expenditures accordingly.
Encourage the creation of fire protection ponds with "dry" hydrants in new developments for access by the fire department.

Land Use Plan

Utilize the land use plan as a guide for decision-making and periodically update it as conditions warrant.
Load the land use plan on the township's computer system and utilize the maps in it to advise landowners regarding zoning and related development issues.

Table 66
Land Use Plan Map Legend
Burton Township

Category Acres  Percent 
R-3: Medium Density Residential 3 Acres    2,098.09  14.0%
R-5: Low Density Residential 5 Acres 7,722.47 51.6%
I-C Industrial and Commercial 554.89 3.7%
Public Institutional  120.24 0.8%
Open Space 3,473.37 23.2%
Environmentally Sensitive Areas 4,030.03 26.9%
Surface Water 428.09 2.9%

  Map 51
Burton Township
Land Use Plan Map