Site Plan Reviews

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Sec. 5.14 Site Plan Review:

A. Site Plan Requirements:
  1. No Person shall commence any use or construct or alter any structure without first obtaining approval of a site plan except as provided for in Sec. 5.14 (F) Exemptions From Site Plan Requirements.
  2. A site plan for development shall be approved prior to the issuance of zoning, building or occupancy permits.
  3. No use shall be carried on, no structure shall be constructed or altered, and no improvements or construction undertaken except as shown on an approved site plan.
  4. This section shall apply to all zones which specifically require an approved site plan, except where a Planned Unit Development is required or undertaken in accordance with Chapter 18 of the Zoning Code.

B. Site Plan Submission:
  1. Prior to the submission of a site plan any owner, builder or developer shall first consult with the Zoning Inspector.
  2. All site plans shall be submitted to the Warren County Zoning Inspector.
  3. The submission of a site plan shall occur at least fifteen (15) working days prior to the meeting of the Warren County Board of Commissioners were approval is sought. The site plan may be reviewed at an earlier meeting. The site plan shall be complete and accompanied by all required fees and data.
  4. Six (6) identical copies of the site plan shall be submitted. Additional copies may requested by the Zoning Inspector.
  5. All site plans shall be drawn at a scale of not more than one hundred (100) feet to the inch.
  6. Site plans shall be on one or more sheets which are 24 x 36 inches in size and shall be clearly and legibly drawn.
  7. A filing fee shall be established by the Warren County Board of Commissioners. This fee shall be paid upon the submission of a site plan.

C. Site Plan Contents:
  1. Every site plan shall be signed by the owner of the land to which the site plan applies; or, if a corporation, by a duty authorized office of the corporation.
  2. Every site plan shall include the following:
    1. (a) The names, address and telephone numbers of the owner, developer and designers.
    2. Location of the property by Military Survey Number or by Section, Town, Range, Township, County and State.
    3. The legal description of the property included in the site plan.
    4. The boundary lines of the property including bearings, dimensions and a reference to a section corner, quarter corner or a point which has been established on a record plat.
    5. The scale of the site plan, a north point and a date and a title.
    6. The zoning classification of the property included in the site plan and all adjoining properties.
    7. A vicinity sketch showing the location of the property in relation to the surrounding roadway system.
    8. The names of all subdivisions and property owners and the location of all property lines within five hundred (500) feet of the property included in the site plan.
    9. Locations, widths and names of all existing streets, railroad right-of-ways, easements, permanent buildings, and corporation, township and county lines within five hundred (500) feet of the property included in the site plan.
    10. Existing and proposed grades, drainage systems and structures with topographic contours at intervals not exceeding:
      ... one (1) foot for 0% to 6% slopes
      ... two (2) feet for 6% to 18% slopes
      ... five (5) feet for slopes over %18%
    11. Natural features such as wooded lots, streams, lakes, ponds, marshes and an indication as to whether they are to be retained, removed or altered.
    12. The types of soils found on the site and seasonal wind directions.
    13. All flood prone areas using the one hundred (100) year flood plain as a standard.
    14. The existing and proposed uses of the property and all structures thereon.
    15. The shape, size, location, height and floor area of all existing and proposed structures on the property with their final ground flood elevations and an indication as to whether a structure is to be retained, removed or altered.
    16. Front, side and rear elevations of all proposed or altered structures.
    17. The location and associated dimensions of all proposed streets, driveways, parking areas and sidewalks with directional indications for one-way streets and driveways. Design geometrics should be included.
    18. The location and size of all existing and proposed public and private utilities such as sewer, water, gas and electric facilities with an indication as to whether they will be retained, removed or altered.
    19. The location, dimensions and other relevant data for all proposed landscaping, fences, walls or similar structures.
    20. The location, dimensions, lighting and description of all signs.
    21. The location, dimensions, lighting and description of all signs.
    22. The location, intensity and orientation of all exterior lighting.
    23. The location, intensity and orientation of all exterior lighting.
    24. A plan which illustrates the manner in which surface drainage will be accommodated. This plan shall include any temporary erosion and sediment control measures to be employed during on-site construction. All drainage areas influencing or influenced by the site shall be identified.
    25. A time schedule which indicates the anticipated starting and completion dates for construction. If the development is to be staged, indication shall be made as to how the staging is to proceed.
    26. Any additional information that may be deemed necessary for proper and complete review when a proposed development presents difficult or unusual problems.

D. Modification of Requirements:
  1. The Zoning Inspector may modify or eliminate any or all of the requirements of Sec. 5.14 (C.2) if this action does not result in insufficient information for a property site plan review.
  2. Any requirement of Sec. 5.14 (C.2) as altered shall be noted in the staff report prepared by the Zoning Inspector.

E. Site Plan Review:
  1. All site plans shall be reviewed and approved by the Warren County Board of Commissioners.
  2. Review comments concerning any site plan may be solicited from local, state and federal agencies including but not limited to the Warren County Engineer, Warren County Zoning Inspector, Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Soil Conservation Service and the Warren County Regional Planning Commission.
  3. All site plans shall be reviewed for their impact upon the health, safety, morals and general welfare of both the general public and the occupants of nearby properties. Among the factors to be considered include:
    1. The adequacy and arrangement of vehicular and pedestrian circulation facilities.
    2. The adequacy, location and arrangement of parking and landing facilities.
    3. The location, arrangement, size and placement of all buildings, lighting facilities and signs.
    4. The arrangement of landscaping, fences and walls.
    5. The adequacy and design of storm water drainage facilities.
    6. The treatment of environmentally sensitive areas such as woodlands, steep slopes (those greater than eight percent (8%), areas with highly erodible soils and aquifer recharge areas.
    7. Any other factors necessary for a complete review by the Warren County Board of Commissioners.
  4. The Warren County Board of Commissioners may grant approval of a site plan subject to conditions which it shall specify. Upon the satisfaction of said conditions as determined by the Zoning Inspector, approval shall be complete.
  5. Upon approval of a site plan by the Warren County Board of Commissioners, the Zoning Inspector shall endorse two (2) copies, one (1) to be retained by the Warren County Zoning Inspector, and one (1) to be returned to the applicant.
  6. Minor modifications (as defined by the Zoning Inspector) to an approved site plan may be approved by the Zoning Inspector. All other modifications shall be approved by the Warren County Board of Commissioners. A change in the building, where a site plan has been previously approved may, at the discretion of the Zoning Inspector, be considered a minor modification.
  7. An approved site plan shall expire two (2) years after the date of its approval unless construction of the project has started
  8. An approved site plan shall run with the land and shall not expire due to change in land ownership.

F. Exemption from Site Plan Requirements:
  1. The lawful construction, removal or alteration of a single family or two (2) family dwelling and any associated structures shall be exempt from the site plan requirements of Sec. 5.14.
  2. Any lawful use, construction, removal or alteration on land used for agricultural purposes shall be exempt from the site plan requirements of Sec. 5.14.
  3. Any alteration to a building, when confined to the interior of the structure, shall be exempt from the site plan requirements of Sec. 5.14.
  4. The painting of any structure shall not require the preparation or approval of a site plan.
  5. Any alteration of any structure upon less than twenty-five percent (25%) of its exterior surface area, and less than twenty-five percent (25%) of its building area (square footage) as measured against the exact condition of an existing structure as of the effective date of this section, shall be exempt from the site plan requirements of Sec. 5.14.

Application for Site Plan Review