The Zoning Department serves the community by protecting residential standards and property values for Plain Township residents.
The Department ensures that property is in compliance with zoning and nuisance requirements which assures the health and safety of the public, and improves the appearance and quality of living conditions in neighborhoods to help maximize property values.
The Zoning Department regulates land use, prevents land-use conflict, allows growth to occur in a rational manner, and manages density.
Zoning Inspector Tom Ferrara retired after 23 years with the City of Henderson Police Department, which is located in the Las Vegas area. He has worked many areas within the police department, but spent the final years of his career as the Director of the Police Employee Assistance Program, the Mentoring Program, and the Peer Support Program, for which Tom received letters of commendation.
Soon after retirement Tom went to work for the Nevada State Attomey General's Office as a background investigator in the business licensing section. He worked there for three years prior to moving to Ohio in 2014.
During his career Tom wanted to give back to the community, and he did so by serving as a Board Member for nine different community non-profit organizations, over an eight year period.
Tom loves his mountain bicycle, and is very proud of the fact that at the age of 56, he traveled to the State of Washington, and rode his bike up the side of Mt. St. Helen until he touched the glacier ice at the top. Tom said that it feit a bit eery tobe that close to such a massive volcano crater, and the ride back down was better than any experience at Cedar Point.