Zoning Resolution

The Washington Township Zoning Resolution was originally adopted in 1957 to promote public health, safety and morals of the community. It provides a method of administration, establishes land use and development standards, as well as prescribe penalties for violations.  The Zoning Resolution is reviewed for updates on an ongoing basis.

A full version of the Zoning Resolution may be downloaded at the following link. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view the Resolution online. Please read details here.

Unbound hardcopies of the resolution are available for $20 at the Development Services Department, 8200 McEwen Road.

The resolution is available as a PDF file for each article (chapter) below.

Open the Cover Sheet here. The Table of Contents is shown below for your convenience in opening only those articles that you wish to see.  Click on the Article to view the given area.




Intent, Interpretation, & Enforcement

Section 1 Title
2 Purpose
3 Interpretation of Standards
4 Extension of Essential Service
5 Township Zoning Inspector
6 Zoning Certificates
7 Certificate of Zoning Compliance
8 Temporary Certificates and Permits
9 Violations and Penalties
10 Action to Prevent Violations



Board of Zoning Appeals

Section 1 Appointment of Board
2 Board Organization
3 Jurisdiction: Appeals and Applications

Procedure: Appeals and Applications



Establishment of Districts

Section 1 Districts
2 District Titles
3 District Boundary Lines

Additional Territory



District Change & Resolution Amendment

Section 1 General
2 Appointment of the Commission
3 Commission Organization

Procedure for Change




Section 1 Validity


Base Zoning Districts



Agricultural District

Section 1 Principal Permitted Uses
2 Permitted Conditional Uses and Regulations
3 Permitted Accessory Uses and Regulations
4 Prohibited Accessory Uses - On Lots without Agricultural Uses
5 Development Standards
6 Residential Entrance Gate Requirements
7 Parking and Loading
8 Lighting
9 Provisions affecting Area, Yards, and Courts



Residential Districts

Section 1 Principal Permitted Uses
2 Permitted Conditional Uses and Regulations
3 Permitted Accessory Uses and Regulations
4 Prohibited Accessory Uses
5 Development Standards
6 Recreational Facilities for Private Clubs, Planned Developments, or R-5 Developments
7 Residential Entrance Gate Requirements
8 Parking and Loading
9 Lighting
10 Provisions affecting Area, Yards, and Courts



Reserved for Future Use




Office Districts

Office Residential Preamble

Section 1 Principal Permitted Uses
2 Accessory Uses
3 Development Standards
4 Required Conditions

O-2 District Preamble

Section 5 Principal Permitted Uses
6 Accessory Uses
7 Conditional Uses
8 Development Standards
9 Required Conditions

O-3 District Preamble

Section 10 Principal Permitted Uses
11 Accessory Uses
12 Conditional Uses
13 Development Standards
14 Required Conditions



Business Districts

B-1 District Shopping Center Preamble

Section 1 Principal Permitted Uses
2 Accessory Uses
3 Conditional Uses
4 Development Standards
5 Required Conditions

B-2 Business District Preamble

Section 6 Principal Permitted Uses
7 Accessory Uses
8 Conditional Uses
9 Development Standards
10 Required Conditions

B-3 Business District Preamble

Section 11 Principal Permitted Uses
12 Accessory Uses
13 Conditional Uses
14 Development Standards
15 Required Conditions

B-4 Business District Preamble

Section 16 Principal Permitted Uses
17 Accessory Uses
18 Development Standards
19 Required Conditions



Light Industrial District

Section 1 Principal Permitted Uses
2 Conditional Uses
3 Special Permitted Uses
4 Accessory Uses
5 Development Standards
6 Required Conditions


Planned Development Standards



Planned Development

Purpose Statement
Section 1 Types of Planned Development Districts
2 Standards for Planned Development
3 Pre-Application Consultation
4 Zoning Certificate
5 Submission of Pre-Development Plan
6 Procedure for Approval of Pre-Development Plan
7 Submission of Final Development Plan
8 Procedure for Approval of Final Development Plan
9 Extension of Time or Modification
10 Design Flexibility

PD-R, Planned Development Residential District

Section 11 Principal Permitted Uses
12 Development Standards
13 Required Conditions
14 Parking and Loading

PD-RC, Planned Development Residential Conservation District

Section 15 Purpose
16 Principal Permitted Uses
17 Permitted Building and Lot Types
18 Minimum Project Area for Conservation Development
19 Permitted Density/Restricted Open Space
20 Regulations for Restricted Open Space
21 Development Standards
22 Development Design Criteria

PD-O, Planned Development Office District

Section 23 Principal Permitted Uses
24 Development Standards
25 Parking and Loading

PD-B, Planned Development Business District

Section 26 Principal Permitted Uses
27 Development Standards
28 Parking and Loading

PD-I, Planned Development Industrial District

Section 29 Principal Permitted Uses
30 Development Standards
31 Parking and Loading

PD-T, Planned Development Transition District

Section 32 Purpose
33 Principal Permitted Uses
34 Development Standards

PD-MU, Planned Development Mixed Use District

Section 35 Purpose
36 Principal Permitted Uses
37 Design Criteria for Pre-Development, First Stage
38 Design Standards for Second/Final Stage



General Requirements

Section 1 Purpose
2 Non-Conforming Uses
3 Off-Street Parking Standards
4 Mixed Occupancies and Uses Not Specified
5 Off-Street Parking Requirements
6 Off-Street Loading Spaces Required
7 Off-Street Loading Requirements
8 Off-Street Loading Standards
9 Extraction of Materials
10 Development Standards for Extraction of Materials
11 Rehabilitation Requirements for Extraction of Materials
12 Noise Standards
13 Exceptions, Modifications, and Interpretations
14 Permitted Accessory Uses and Standards
15 Prohibited Accessory Uses
16 Recreational Facilities for Private Clubs, Planned Development, or R-5 District
17 Zoning Certificate Application Special Requirements
18 Permitted Outdoor Sales
19 Open Space Transfer Lot
20 Park Lot
21 Sexually Oriented Business Standards
22 Indetification of Construction Sites
23 Tennis Courts
24 Residential Entrance Gate Requirements
25 Internet Sweepstakes Cafes
26 Small Wind Energy System


Article 14

Repeal of Conflicting Resolutions

Section 1 When Effective
2 Repeal of Conflicting Resolutions


Article 15


Section 1 Purpose
2-25 Alphabetized Definitions


Article 16

Sign Regulations

Section 1 Purpose & Objectives
2 General Provisions
3 Prohibited Signs & Characteristics
4 Sign Regulations
5 Sign Maintenance & Responsibility

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