Now that Covid 19 restrictions have been relaxed and/or removed, the Thorn Twp. Zoning Department has revised its operating procedures. Please see below for additional information:
Unless necessary, no in person meetings will take place. In the event that a face to face meeting is needed, social distancing requirements will be required.
Payment instructions will be given at the time a completed Zoning application has been emailed to me and the permit has been reviewed and approved.
All Zoning Commission Meetings as well as Board of Zoning Appeals Meetings will be held in person. Meeting information will be posted on the Zoning Facebook page prior to meeting(s)
Zoning is a device of land use regulation used by local governments in most developed countries. Zoning may be use-based (regulating the uses to which land may be put), or it may regulate building height, lot coverage, and similar characteristics, or some combination of these.
For Thorn Township all of the unincorporated areas of the township are governed by The Thorn Township Zoning Resolution. Thorn Township Zoning consists of a Zoning Inspector, a Zoning Secretary, and two five member boards The Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals.
The Zoning Inspector is responsible for the enforcement of the Zoning Resolution, from investigating alleged violations to issuing zoning certificates. Any questions involving Zoning in Thorn Township should first be presented to the Zoning Inspector.
The Zoning Secretary takes care of the administrative needs of both the Zoning Commission and The Board of Zoning Appeals. This includes notification and publication of various meetings, review of incoming variances and zoning amendments, along with records retention.
The Zoning Commission is the board that is responsible for any changes made to either the zoning resolution or zoning map which would include district changes and developments.
The Board of Zoning Appeals handle zoning variances, which would include anything that is not in conformance with the resolution. They also handle appeals that might be filed by a resident that is disagreement with one of the Zoning Inspector’s decisions.
A Zoning Certificate is required for any:
This includes but is not limited to:
For further information please call the Thorn Township Zoning Inspector at 740-246-4808.