Brewster's Zoning Code regulations were adopted on July 15, 1974. As with most documents of this type it has been modified and updated on occasion to keep its intent current, but for the most part the basics enacted in 1974 are intact. The best applied zoning program in a small municipality should be the least intrusive as possible, but at times when conflicts arise between someone's new plans and existing neighborhoods, or the Village as a whole, zoning becomes a necessary tool to mediate and to apply the best solution.The workings of the Village Zoning Code is a somewhat simple process with an resident's or business's first contact in any building project being the Village Administrator, who also is the Village Zoning Inspector. The VA will provide an application and guide the applicant through the process. In most cases the project will fall within the parameters of the Zoning Code, but when needed a variance procedure is available. The first step in any variance is an application to the Village Zoning Board of Appeals. As needed, this Board meets on the third Thursday of each month to review any variance request. The Zoning Board consists of seven Village residents and their responsibility in any decision is to weigh what is best for the Village.
For those that wish to review the Village Zoning Code you can go to the American Legal Publishing Home page at (http://www.amlegal.com), select the Code Library link on the main page, select the corresponding state, then select the Brewster link. The Zoning Code is listed under "LAND USAGE"
you can click on http://www.amlegal.com/codes/client/brewster_oh/
In addition, the Village Zoning Code can be modified through a structured process in which an amendment to the Village Zoning Code can be proposed. This modification can be in either the actual text of the Zoning Code or an amendment to the Village Zoning Map which sets the Brewster Zoning Districts. This structured process proceeds in accordance with the regulations outlined in the Village Codified Ordinances and Zoning Code. The process begins with the petitioner that would like to propose a change, proceeds to the Village Planning Commission, and ends with a decision of the Village Council. Please contact the Village Administrator for the particulars in the process. Information for the " Procedures for a Zoning Amendment" and an "Application for a Zoning Amendment" are available below.
Recent additions to the Brewster Zoning Code with links at bottom of page:
14-2017 - Prohibition of Medical Marijuana Cultivators, Processors, & Retail Sales in all Brewster Zoning Districts
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MEMBERSMike Schwab*Don GlickCharles Hawk
Ray Heitger Ken Damewood