In 1996, the Jefferson Township Board of Trustees adopted a comprehensive plan for the purpose of planning for future growth and development in the township. This primary focus of the plan is land use in the Township and includes both a text plan and a land use map. The text of Jefferson Township’s original comprehensive plan is simple and straightforward, and our officials look most frequently to the land use map when deliberating new development.
The comprehensive plan allows Jefferson Township officials to promote and implement our Community Core Values, which call for Jefferson Township to be a “Green Community” with managed growth and large amounts of open space.
Using Jefferson Township’s conservation zoning category and the land use map, much of the township is being developed with a very "light touch" to preserve the rural character and natural beauty currently enjoyed by our residents. Open space is required in nearly all of Jefferson Township’s residential developments. In nearly every case, a minimum of 35% of each tract zoned in Jefferson Township since 1990 has been set aside as open space.
The plan is also a guide by which the Zoning Commission and Jefferson Township Trustees can determine if a request for rezoning to a specific land use fits with the overall vision for Jefferson Township as outlined by the comprehensive plan and map.
If the plan is followed, the Township Trustees will have one-third less population when it is completely built out (in 30 years or so) than it would if each tract were allowed to develop as it is currently zoned.
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