Zoning

Chester Township

protection from unrestricted development

Zoning Department

Following the passage of House Bill 22 on June 9, 1947, (authorizing townships to adopt zoning resolutions) the Chester Township Board of Trustees appointed the first Zoning Commission in October of 1947.  The first Zoning Resolution took a year to write and was approved by the citizens of Chester Township in the November, 1948 general election.  It took effect in December of 1948.  From that day to this, the zoning department of Chester has sought to protect the township from unrestricted development and use.

Preserving Public Health and Safety

The Zoning Resolution's Purpose

To quote the Zoning Resolution’s purpose from the oldest Resolution on file in the Town Hall modified July 1954: “For the purpose of promoting public health, safety, morals, comfort, and general welfare; to conserve and protect property and property values; to secure the most appropriate use of land; and to facilitate adequate but economical provision of public improvements, all in accordance with a comprehensive plan, the Board of Trustees of this township find it necessary and advisable to regulate the location, height, bulk, number of stories and size of buildings and other structures, including tents, cabins and trailer coaches, percentage of lot areas which may be occupied, set-back building lines, sizes of yards, courts and other open spaces, the density of population, the uses of buildings and other structures including tents, cabins and trailer coaches, and the uses of land for trade, industry, residence, recreational, or other purposes and for such purposes divides the unincorporated area of the township into districts or zones.”

Behind the Scenes of Zoning Enforcement

The Vital Role of the Zoning Inspector

To quote the Zoning Resolution’s purpose from the oldest Resolution on file in the Town Hall modified July 1954: “For the purpose of promoting public health, safety, morals, comfort, and general welfare; to conserve and protect property and property values; to secure the most appropriate use of land; and to facilitate adequate but economical provision of public improvements, all in accordance with a comprehensive plan, the Board of Trustees of this township find it necessary and advisable to regulate the location, height, bulk, number of stories and size of buildings and other structures, including tents, cabins and trailer coaches, percentage of lot areas which may be occupied, set-back building lines, sizes of yards, courts and other open spaces, the density of population, the uses of buildings and other structures including tents, cabins and trailer coaches, and the uses of land for trade, industry, residence, recreational, or other purposes and for such purposes divides the unincorporated area of the township into districts or zones.

Title File
Electronic Signs – ZC-2024-2 Proposed Amendment Open File
Special Meeting Zoning Commission and Board of Trustees Agenda Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – February 7, 2024 Open File
ZC Meeting Agenda – 2024-02-21 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Minutes – January 8, 2024 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – February 1, 2024 – Special Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – January 17, 2024 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes August 23, 2023 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes July 26, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – January 19, 2024 – Special Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – January 8, 2024 – Special Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – December 27, 2023 Open File
2024 Bid Instructions Open File
Bid Notice 2024 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – January 3, 2024 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – December 11, 2023 Open File
2024-01-17 ZC Meeting Agenda Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – December 19, 2023 – Special Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – December 14, 2023 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Minutes – November 13, 2023 MODIFIED Open File
2021 Annual Report – Fire Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – December 20, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Agenda 2024-01-03 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – December 6, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – November 15, 2023 Open File
Z-2023-2 Parks Amendment Open File
ZC Meeting Agenda 2023-12-20 Open File
BZA Agenda January 8, 2024 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – November 30, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – November 22, 2023 – Special Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – November 16, 2023 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – October 9, 2023 Open File
ZC Agenda Dec. 6, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – March 1, 2023 Special w/ Attachment Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – November 1, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – October 19, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – October 9, 2023 – Special Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – November 1, 2023 Open File
Agenda – Zoning Comm November 15, 2023 Open File
Agenda – BZA November 13, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – October 18, 2023 Open File
ZC Agenda 2023-11-01 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – October 5, 2023 Open File
Complaint of Zoning Violation Open File
October 23, 2023, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – October 4, 2023 Open File
ZC Agenda 2023-10-18 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes September 9, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – September 21, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes -September 7, 2023 Open File
Z-2023-1 with Board of Trustees modifications for Supplementary Variance Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – September 20, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – September 20, 2023 Open File
BZA Agenda 2023-10-09 Open File
Agenda Board of Trustees Special Mtg – October 9, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Agenda October 4, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – September 6, 2023 Open File
ZC Meeting Agenda 2023-09-20 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – August 14, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – August 31, 2023 – Special Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – August 24, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – August 21, 2023 – Special 11:00AM Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – August 21, 2023 – Special 7:30AM Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – August 10, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting – July 27, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – August 16, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – August 2, 2023 Open File
ZC Meeting Agenda September 6, 2023 Open File
FAQs Zoning Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – July 10, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – August 7, 2023 – Special Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – July 13, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – July 19, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – July 5, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – June 7, 2023 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 06/28/23 Open File
Z-2023-1 Supplementary Conditions on Variances Open File
Zoning Commission Agenda July 19, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – July 11, 2023 – Special Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – July 11, 2023 – Special – Budget Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – June 29, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – June 15, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – May 18, 2023 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – June 12, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – May 17, 2023 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 05/24/23 Open File
Zoning Commission Agenda – July 5, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – April 19, 2023 Open File
Parkside Park Application Open File
Township Meeting Room-Parking Lot Application Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – May 25, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – June 9, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – June 1, 2023 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – May 8, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Agenda June 7, 2023 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 10/19/22 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 09/21/22 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 08/30/22 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 07/20/22 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 06/15/22 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 05/18/22 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 04/20/22 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 03/16/22 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 02/16/22 Open File
BZA Meeting Agenda – June 12, 2023 Open File
BOT Agenda 5-25-23 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – May 3, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – May 3, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – April 25, 2023 – Special Open File
Zoning Commission Agenda – May 17, 2023 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – March 27, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes April 20, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – March 1, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes April 19, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes April 5, 2023 Open File
BZA Notice of Meeting May 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Agenda May 3, 2023 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 03/22/23 Open File
Park Board Meeting Minutes 01/25/23 Open File
Agenda BOT 04-25-23 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – March 15, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – April 6, 2023 Open File
Agricultural Exemption Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – March 23, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – March 9, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – March 2, 2023 – Special Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – March 1, 2023 – Special Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – February 23, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – February 9, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – February 2, 2023 – Special Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – January 26, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – January 12, 2023 Open File
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – January 5, 2023 Special Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – February 13, 2023 Open File
Land Use Plan – Chester Township 2004 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – February 15, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – February 1, 2023 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – January 25, 2023 Open File
February 11, 2023, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
Wednesday, January 26 – Regular Open File
Thursday, January 13 – Regular Open File
Tuesday, January 4 – Special Open File
Friday, February 25 – Regular Open File
Wednesday, February 9 – Regular Open File
Thursday, March 31 – Special Open File
Saturday, March 26 – Special Open File
Thursday, March 24 – Regular Open File
Thursday, March 10 – Regular Open File
Thursday, March 3 – Special Open File
Thursday, April 21 – Regular Open File
Wednesday, April 13 – Special Open File
Thursday, April 7 – Regular Open File
Thursday, May 26 – Special Open File
Thursday, May 19 – Regular Open File
Thursday, May 5 – Regular Open File
Thursday, June 30 – Regular Open File
Monday, June 20 – Special Open File
Thursday, June 16 – Regular Open File
Monday, June 13 – Special Open File
Thursday, June 9 – Special Open File
Thursday, June 2 – Regular Open File
Thursday, July 28 – Regular Open File
Thursday, July 14 – Regular Open File
Thursday, July 7 – Special Open File
Thursday, August 25 – Regular Open File
Monday, August 15 – Special Open File
Monday, August 15 – Special Open File
Thursday, August 11 – Regular Open File
Wednesday, August 3 – Special Open File
Thursday, September 22 – Regular Open File
Thursday, September 8 – Regular Open File
Wednesday, October 19 – Regular Open File
Thursday, October 6 – Regular Open File
Monday, October 3 – Special Open File
Wednesday, November 23 – Special Open File
Thursday, November 17 – Regular Open File
Wednesday, November 9 – Special Open File
Thursday, November 3 – Regular Open File
Thursday, December 15 – Regular Open File
Friday, December 9 – Special Open File
Thursday, December 1 – Regular Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – January 19, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – January 5, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – February 23, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – February 2, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – March 16, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – March 2, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – April 20, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – April 6, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – May 18, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – May 4, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – June 27, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – June 15, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – June 13, 2022 – Special Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – June 1, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – July 20, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – July 13, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – August 17, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – August 8, 2022 – Special Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – August 3, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – September 21, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – September 7, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – October 19, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – October 5, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – November 16, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – November 2, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – December 7, 2022 Open File
Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes – January 11, 2023 Open File
Use of Town Hall Meeting Room/Parking Lot Open File
Transient Vendor Policy Open File
Township Release from Property Damage Responsibility Open File
Public Record Request Open File
Park Facility Application Open File
Drive Permit Application Open File
Ditch Elimination Application Open File
January 14, 2023, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2022 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – February 14, 2022 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – March 14, 2022 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – April 11, 2022 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – May 9, 2022 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – June 13, 2022 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – July 11, 2022 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – September 12, 2022 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – October 10, 2022 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – November 14, 2022 Open File
Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes – December 12, 2022 Open File
Form 6 – Inspector Error Open File
Form 5 – Use Variance Open File
Form 4 – Area Variance Open File
Form 3 – Conditional Use Open File
Form 2 – Sign Application Open File
Form 1A – Commercial Addendum Open File
Form 1 – General Application Open File
August 13, 2022, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
January 14, 2021, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
June 22, 2019, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
July 22, 2017, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
September 18, 2014, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
February 23, 2013, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
July 2, 2011, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
May 22, 2010, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
February 16, 2009, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
April 11, 2008, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
November 26, 2005, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
December 20, 2003, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
September 1, 2001, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
October 14, 2000, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
July 15, 2000, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
August 28, 1999, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
November 11, 1998, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
March 29, 1997, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
June 14, 1997, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
March 4, 1996, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
March 4, 1995, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
February 11, 1993, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
October 8, 1992, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
March 11, 1991, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
January 25, 1985, Chester Township Zoning Resolution (The Chester Twp. Zoning Resolution was not retyped in its entirety this year due to time constraints. Instead, the Zoning Amendment, Z-84-2 was submitted as an insert to the already existing Zoning Resolution of August 27, 1983.) Open File
August 27, 1983, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
April 1, 1969, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
December 29, 1962, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
May 1, 1961, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
September 29, 1956, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
October 13, 1955, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
July 10, 1954, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
September 10, 1948, Chester Township Zoning Resolution Open File
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Meet the Township Administrator / Zoning Inspector

Mark Purchase

how to reach us

Get in Touch

Assistant Zoning Inspector:

Chris Alusheff

Phone: (440) 729-7058 ext. 3219
Email: calusheff@chestertwp.org 

 

Zoning Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals Secretary:

Kathleen McCarthy

Phone: (440) 729-7058 ext. 3247
Email: kmccarthy@chestertwp.org