Land Development & Zoning

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Franklin Township is divided into areas called zones.  Each zone allows specific uses and has specific requirements for construction.  New principal structures; additions; sheds, decks, pools, fences, or other accessory structures; additions; patios, driveways, sidewalks, or other impervious coverage all require Zoning Permits.  Changes of use and/or changes of commercial tenant also require Zoning Approval.  If you are unsure as to whether you need approval from the Planning/Zoning Office, please call or come in before proceeding. We’re here to help you!  Applications and instructions are available from the appropriate page to the left or in the Planning/Zoning Office.

Chapter 112, Land Development

Zoning Map

Franklin Township Commercial Design Standards – Overview


A conservation easement is piece of land dedicated to protect specific environmentally sensitive features such as streams and wetlands. This is done by limiting the type and amount of development that may take place on or near an important environmental resource. This restriction stays with the land and each new owner of the property must abide by the terms of the easement. The conservation easement must remain in a natural state and not be used or altered in any way. This includes the building of structures, placing of fences, and mowing of grass. The easement area is intended to remain undisturbed and forever wild.

Please click the link below for the brochure to better understand the easement.

Understanding Conservation Easments



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