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Legal Notice:

The Rootstown Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at the Rootstown Town Hall, 3988 St. Rt. 44, Rootstown OH on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Any person interested will be afforded the opportunity to be heard on the following zoning amendments:

Section 150.02 B - Definitions
Section 230.06 A - Temporary Facilities
Section 310.03 A - Schedule of Permitted Uses - Residential Districts
Section 320.04 D - Dwelling Types - Planned Residential Developments
The proposed zoning amendments can be read in full here.

Jordan Michael, Zoning Commission Secretary

The Township is creating a Community Center committee and a Community Park committee. We are looking residents interested in joining either committee and ideas on what residents would like to have available at each. E-mails are and

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 graduates! Good luck with your future plans and goals.

The Rootstown Community Park will be looking in bad shape for the next few months as the Ohio Operators Union will be moving earth to make the park area more conducive for what park lands should be used. This work will be donated to the township. The sloping land will be terraced to make level playing fields and drainage will be included. A Master Plan is being developed and an earth berm is planned to separate the park from the west side neighboring properties. The pavilions will still be accessible for use during this time.

The Rootstown Zoning Commission and Zoning Inspector office have been working very hard for our community in updating the Zoning Resolution. Many regulations are needed or are outdated. Many regulations have not been enforced as they should have been and that is also generating changes to the Zoning Resolution. This will all result in a better community for all.

The Township Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) contract is in its finishing stages and we will be asking residents to be a part of a group to assist the contractor in developing the CLUP. This plan is a framework to help guide Rootstown in its future plans for development-- residential and commercial.

The Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) plans are moving forward, but no contract has yet been created. The proposed District will be located on Tallmadge Road from Rosalind Drive to Loretta Drive and on State Route 44 just south of the town center, north on SR44 to the township border. It is a revenue generating tool that townships can create in concert with local employers. It is not a property tax for anyone, but an income tax only on employers and their employees inside the JEDD. If a Rootstown resident is employed by an entity that is part of the JEDD, then they would get taxed, but there are avenues for which those residents could be reimbursed. The revenues generated from the JEDD can be used to improve the District, such as small business loans, tax abatements, infrastructure improvements, and economic development. The revenues can also be used to by the township for the park, the potential creation of a community center, increased road maintenance, and township equipment replacement to better serve you. If you have questions or concerns, please contact a Trustee and do not listen to rumors or unsubstantiated claims about the JEDD. Get the facts.

The Portage County Solid Waste Management District mailed out surveys, with the township's input, about curbside recycling to find out about your interest in it. Currently, the township recycling is at the drop-off location on New Milford Road by the railroad tracks. The cost to the township for the drop-off location is more than doubling this year. The survey is what we will go on as community support for or against curbside recycling so make your voice heard, do not let the minority survey returns make the choice. Return the postcard, contact a Trustee, or contact the Solid Waste District to let us know your thoughts. If neighborhoods or developments would already like curbside pickup now, then that option may be available, too. The Solid Waste District would supply a 96 gallon container to put all recyclables into (no separating needed) and would pick up like the garbage pickups. Curbside recycling could potentially lower your garbage bill, too, as more recycling means less trash required to be picked up. Another plus is less garbage going into our quickly shrinking landfills. No garbage haulers drop off at a Portage County landfill, but that could change very soon if recycling does not increase.

We hope you all have a great summer. Please be responsible and safe on the roads with the graduation parties, wedding celebrations, and vacation travels.

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Rootstown Township was founded in 1802 and is located in Portage County. Rootstown provides a mixture of living environments, shopping and restaurants while still maintaining its small town character. It is also home to the Northeast Ohio Medical University. With easy access off I76, it is a desirable place for its residents to live and work.

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