The Concord Facts page is part of a communications program created to disseminate information to the public about the current projects and happenings in the Township. The page will be modified as new information becomes available, so check back often for updates.

 

Driver’s License Renewal Requirements

As many are aware, the new Driver’s License renewal requirements went into effect on 7/2/18. View Ohio’s BMV website or Ohio’s NEW DL-ID fact sheet for information on required documentation for Driver’s License renewals.

Based upon the new regulations outlined in the pamphlet, Concord residents are strongly encouraged to ensure their address is listed as ‘Concord’ or ‘Concord TWP.’ Please utilize this when renewing your license or updating vehicle registration. This applies to all residents in any of the three ZIP Codes (44024/44060/44077) servicing Concord Township. This may require updating utility bill addresses to reflect Concord Township or Concord TWP.

The updating of the address to reflect our township is important. It will ensure that appropriate state and local funds are allocated and forwarded to Concord Township for road maintenance and equipment repair.

If there are questions, please contact our Administrator, Andy Rose at (440) 354-7513 or [email protected].

Limited Home Rule

What is Limited Home Rule (LHR)?

House Bill 77, signed by then Governor George Voinovich on June 18, 1991, allowed Townships in the State of Ohio to adopt Limited Home Rule (LHR), following prescribed procedures, outlined in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 504.01.  LHR form of government gives broader powers to townships that enact it, and it allows a township and its citizens to be more proactive in creating legislation of benefit to those within the community. Limited home rule allows townships to enact resolutions to improve the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. The township may not exercise any power that conflicts with the general laws of the State.

Some of the Benefits of Limited Home Rule

  • Limited home rule gives townships authority to hire an independent engineer to work on roadway projects in the township with the approval of the County Engineer
  • Authority in areas not previously permitted to legislate
  • More powerful and efficient means of enforcing resolutions, collecting fines, and penalties for infractions
  • Direct promotion of quality of life for residents
  • Improved residential, industrial, and business development within the township

Types of Legislation Permissible Under Limited Home Rule

  • Adopting property maintenance codes
  • Instituting building, plumbing, electrical, refrigeration, machinery, piping, boiler, heating, air conditioning, fire, fire hazard, fire prevention codes (where county has not adopted such codes)
  • Establishing speed limits on township roads
  • Passing nuisance and public safety resolutions
  • Broader powers to regulate junk vehicles
  • Passing curfew restrictions for minors
  • Instituting recycling measures
  • Instituting emergency traffic/parking ordinances
  • Broader powers to enforce zoning codes and other resolutions
  • Regulation of parking, noise control, abating nuisances
  • Regulation of manufacturers, dealers, peddlers and amusements
  • Regulation of transient dealers and solicitors
  • Regulation of noxious weeds, brush and litter
  • Broader power to deal with other political subdivisions
  • Regulation of public gatherings and concerts
  • Regulation of parks and public facilities
  • Impounding animals
  • Regulation of street vendors
  • Regulation of fences and signs
  • Traffic and parking regulations
  • Appropriate funds for community projects

Non-Permitted Legislation under Limited Home Rule

  • No resolution may be in conflict with the general laws of the State; Limited home rule grants broad authorizations to townships to act legislatively, so long as the action does not conflict with Ohio law, specifically in Section 504 of the Ohio Revised Code
  • No tax other than as authorized under the general laws; A township-wide income tax cannot be imposed
  • May not encroach upon the powers, duties, and privileges of elected township officials
  • May not modify the form or structure of the township government unless required by law
  • May not create a criminal offense or impose criminal penalties
  • May not impose civil fines other than as authorized
  • May not establish or revise subdivision regulations, road construction standards, urban sediment rules, or storm water drainage regulation
  • May not establish or revise building codes or standards or other standard codes except as authorized
  • No ability to establish regulations that effect hunting, trapping, fishing, or the possession, use, or sale of firearms
  • No power to establish or revise water or sewer regulations except as stated

Town Center Concept

A mixed-use Town Center concept is being discussed for seven Township-owned acres at the southwest corner of Auburn Road and Capital Parkway. The current zoning allows for a Town Center concept that could include a mixture of retail, personal services, restaurants, and offices, as well as a high-end residential component, including townhomes and loft units above commercial structures.

The links below provide facts about the concept with the goal of informing our residents and clarifying any misunderstandings that may exist about this type of development.

Auburn-Crile-SR 44 Road Improvements

The recent road improvements made within the SR 44 Corridor were the result of over 10 years of planning, review and analysis of existing road conditions, safety and operation, crash data, and traffic volumes based on current and future development. Township representatives, county and state agencies, as well as local citizens provided input on this analysis that resulted in the improvements and circulation patterns that exist today. The information below provides the history of these road improvements, as well as traffic studies, technical advisory committee meetings, a project cost summary, and related reports from partnering agencies.

Contacts

For specific questions please contact:

Andy Rose
Township Administrator
[email protected]
(440) 354-7513

Heather Freeman, AICP
Planning & Zoning Director/Zoning Inspector
[email protected]
(440) 354-7506