Property Maintenance

In 2015, the Symmes Township Trustees received several complaints from the community concerning property maintenance issues that are not typically addressed in the zoning resolution or the Ohio Revised Code. These issues typically deal with the maintenance of the house or other structures on the property. To address these issues, the Trustees asked staff to develop a property maintenance code that would address these complaints and give the township residents some guidelines to maintain their properties.

Current Nuisance Authority under the Ohio Revised Code:

Trustee Meetings and Public Hearings:

  • In 2015, we held 2 work sessions with the Board of Trustees (9/10/15 & 12/1/15).
  • In 2016, the first public hearing to adopt the Property Maintenance Code was held (4/7/16) and a second work session (6/21/16).
  • In 2017, a work session was held to discuss the final code draft (5/11/17).
  • In 2017, the second public hearing was held to discuss the changes to the proposed code based on the previous meetings (7/13/17).
  • In 2017, a second work session was held to discuss the changes to the code based on input gathered during the second public hearing (10/17/17).

Where are we now?

  • The Trustees are reviewing the proposed changes to the code from the second work session.  They will schedule another work session and possibly a third public hearing once the code moves through the proper legal review processes.

Slide Show from PH#2 
Proposed Property Maintenance Code