Zoning Department

The objective of the Zoning Department is to keep the semi-rural character and ambiance that the residents value and enjoy.

The Zoning Department of Russell Township is charged with the responsibility to assist and enforce the Township's Zoning Resolution.  The Zoning Resolution is a reflection of the Township's Comprehensive Land Use Guide Plan, a survey completed by Russell residents every 20 years indicating the type of community character and quality of life issues they seek in their surroundings.

Zoning History - Zoning was first implemented in the Township in 1949. Ninety-eight percent of Russell Township is zoned for residential use. There are two districts for commercial/office use. The first district is at the intersection of State Route 306 and State Route 87. The second is at State Route 306 and Music Street. Zoning for park purposes consist of active park use and passive park use. The remainder of Russell Township is currently zoned for large lot residential use for three and five acre minimum lot sizes.

For more information on the Zoning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Land Use Guide Plan, and Zoning Permits click the tabs at the left.                                                         

Click here to review the Zoning Resolution. 
Click here to review the Zoning Map.
Click here to print out a Zoning Complaint Form. (The Zoning Complaint form is voluntary but it may be of help in completing the process & documenting a complaint. Please submit in person, by email, or by fax; see contact info below.)


Zoning Inspector - Shane Wrench

Administrative Building

8501 Kinsman Road

P.O. Box 522

Novelty, Ohio 44072 

Telephone: (440) 338-5811 Fax: (440) 338-7782