Bainbridge Township officials are looking to make the zoning review process more efficient.

A hearing on the proposed changes is set for Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The Zoning Commission recommended changes to the application procedure that include a meeting with the zoning inspector, a specific type of site plan that could involve water management, sediment control, signage and a traffic impact study, depending on the proposed project.

The zoning update also calls for any plan to be submitted to the police chief, fire chief, service director and other pertinent service departments for review.

An applicant may meet with the zoning inspector and other departmental representatives of the township to discuss initial concepts of proposed site plans, the zoning amendment document reads.

Next, the applicant must submit a review fee required as part of an application for a zoning certificate. If fully completed, the zoning inspector will stamp the date of receipt on the application and plan.

The zoning inspector is to compile comments and recommendations in a report within 30 days.

The Zoning Commission approved the proposal on Sept. 28 and forwarded it to trustees for final review.

The amendment will formalize a process that is more or less what already happens, Zoning Inspector Karen Endres said.

Since being originally approved at the Sept. 28 Zoning Commission meeting, modifications were made to the original site plan by the trustees, Trustee Lorrie Sass Benza said.

Trustees will vote on the proposed amendment, and they are the ones who have the final say.

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