Danbury Township encompasses are area of 17.76 square miles which includes 32.75 miles of Lake Erie, Sandusky Bay and Harbor shoreline. The historic Village of Marblehead is located at the east end of the Township. The permanent population of Danbury is 4,264 with an additional 903 residing in the Village. Seasonal homes, condominiums, marina, campgrounds, cottages and recreational vehicle parks are home to a population of several thousand summer-only residents. Danbury was named for the original settlers who arrived from Danbury, Connecticut and became a township on March 6, 1840. The Village of Marblehead was incorporated in 1891.
"The Mission of the Danbury Township Board of Trustees is to provide fair and representative government for all citizens, to foster pride in the community, to ensure fiscal solvency, to preserve and protect natural and historical sites, and to operate within the parameters of the laws of the State of Ohio while making certain that the Township remains an enjoyable place to live for both permanent and seasonal residents."
Current News and Events
Current News & Events
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For more information regarding Rainbow Ridge at Meadowbrook Marsh in memory of the 10 animals that perished in a barn fire Thanksgiving evening 2019 at African Safari Wildlife Park, please click on the "Community" link above in the blue band and then select the "Rainbow Ridge" button. You can also click on the photo below to see a printable flyer.
Upcoming Zoning Office Hour Changes
Please be advised that the Zoning Offices will be CLOSED:
December 24 – Christmas Eve
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
January 1, 2020 – New Year’s Day
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you need the Zoning Administrator specifically, please leave a voice mail message (419.734.6120) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Dale will get back to you the next day she returns.
Mulch & Leaf Brush Drop-off Site
The leaf drop-off site behind the dog park by the cell tower at 310 S. Bridge Road will remain open until December 16, 2019. Please remember:
- No stumps or root balls, (we are only able to process limbs and branches).
- No grass clippings or lumber.
- You must use Biodegradable bags or bring loose leaves. Please do not leave any other type of leaf bags.
- Contractor's are not permitted to use this service.
The site typically reopens in April.
Police Department Burglary Prevention Tips
For those who are leaving the Danbury Township Peninsula either for a short vacation or for the entire winter season, the Police Department would like to offer a few tips to help make sure your residence is secure while you're away. As always, your neighborhoods will be patrolled and we're looking forward to your return. Have a safe Fall & Winter! Click here to view the flyer.
Concerns & Complaints
It is the policy of the Danbury Trustees to not accept anonymous complaints regarding tall grass, junk vehicles or other nuisance concerns. A written complaint regarding issues within 500 feet of your property will be accepted and reviewed to determine what action may be taken. In the blue band above, please go to Departments, then Zoning and the tab about "Violations" for more information and to print out a complaint form.
50th Anniversary of Danbury Township Police Department
In 2019, the Danbury Township Police Department will celebrate 50 years of dedicated service to our community. Each member of the department was issued a 50th Anniversary badge to wear proudly on their uniform. The members of our department are committed to making sure that Danbury Township continues to be a safe place to live and enjoy.
Ottawa County Emergency Alerts WENS system
We encourage you to sign up to the Ottawa County Emergency Alerts WENS system. In the event of an emergency or severe weather condition, a text message will be sent to the mobile number and/or your email address that you specify. This is a free service provided by Ottawa County, Ohio.
To receive alerts, please click here to sign-up.
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office New Mobile App
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office has launched a new mobile app. It is a free app available for both Android and Apple users. Their hope is to improve communication with the public. Thru the app, users can receive notifications of snow levels, major traffic accidents or detours, missing people or other warnings of potential danger. Features on the app, include the jail roster, sex offender registry, contact information for sheriff’s divisions, submitting tips, links to other law enforcement websites and more.
Appointed Positions Available
If you have interest in serving on the Danbury Township Zoning Commission (ZC) or Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) please submit an Appointed Position Application as well as your resume to Kathryn A. Dale the Danbury Township Zoning & Planning Administrator. She can be reached at (419) 734-6120 for more questions.
The Zoning Commission meets the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30p.m. and is responsible for amendments to the zoning resolution and map. The Commission is comprised of 5 regular members and 2 alternates. An appointment is for 5 years, unless fulfilling a vacated seat. To be considered for the position, your permanent residence of record must be Danbury Township. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30p.m. and is responsible for hearing requests on Appeals, Area Variances, Conditional Uses and Special Exceptions. The Board is comprised of 5 regular members and 2 alternates. An appointment is for 5 years, unless fulfilling a vacated seat.
To be considered for either position, your permanent residence of record must be Danbury Township. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
FEMA Great Lakes Coastal Study & New Flood Map Information
FEMA is preparing new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Ottawa and the surrounding Counties. While Ottawa County recently adopted maps in 2015, these proposed new maps would replace the 2015 maps. FEMA anticipates that these new maps will be ready for adoption by 2018-2019. For more information, please contact Ottawa County Regional Planning Commission at (419) 734-6780. Information can also be found at www.greatlakescoast.org
Now Accepting Reservations for Lake Point Park Shelter House!
The Township has began accepting reservations for Lake Point Park shelter house, but for a fee. It will continue to be open to the public daily unless otherwise posted as reserved. The cost to reserve the shelter house is $300. All reservations must be received by the first of the month of the month prior to the event (i.e. July events, reservations must be made by June 1st). Reservations are on a first come, first serve bases and the date is not officially reserved until a complete reservation form and payment has been turned in. Once a reservation has been made, the party will have the shelter house reserved for them the entire day. We do not reserve more than one event per day. Attendee's are asked to clean up after themselves and wrap up all activities by dusk. Reservation forms are available under the Service & Maintenance Departments web page or at the zoning office during their office hours.
Board of Zoning Appeals
The Danbury Township Board of Zoning Appeals will hold adjudication hearings at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Road, Marblehead, Ohio 43440 on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the following applications:
BZA-2019-217 9935 E. Bayshore Road. Request for an Area Variance from Section 5.1.1.A.ii to allow for the cumulative square footage of all accessory structures to exceed the 1,200s.f. limitation (2,448s.f. existing/ additional 24’ x 36’ [864 s.f.] proposed/ 3,312s.f. total). Thomas Boytim, Owner/Applicant.
BZA-2019-225 447 Lynn. Request for an Area Variance from Section 7.9.3.A to allow multiple residential additions to exceed the 20% square footage onto a nonconforming structure (214.2s.f. allowed/ 741s.f. [69%] proposed) and Section 5.2.4.A to allow for 2 on-site parking spaces to be 17.75’ long where 18’ is required. Peter Schabo, Owner/Applicant.
Parties wishing to give testimony may appear in person or by attorney. Said hearing(s) may be continued from time to time as necessary. A copy of the aforementioned applications may be viewed at the office of the Zoning Inspector at Danbury Township Zoning Department during normal business hours or by clicking on the case information above.
The Danbury Township Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the Danbury Township Hall, 5972 E. Port Clinton Eastern Rd., Marblehead, Ohio for the following application:
ZC-2019-210 Request for Text Amendments to create new Section 2.3 dedicated to just Sign Definitions, create new Section 3.4 Use Matrix eliminating the need to have multiple pages dedicated to each zoning district and duplicating information, move the end of Article 3 (General Regulations) to Article 5, Alphabetize the uses & Sections of Article 4 & 5, add new Section 5.8 about Landscaping and Buffering, make Article 6 dedicated strictly to signage, combine old Article 6 & 7 into Article 7 regarding all processes and board duties. Danbury Township, Applicant.
A copy of the application may be viewed at the office of the Zoning Inspector at Danbury Township Hall during normal business hours or by clicking on the case information above. The amendments may also be viewed at the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission office at the Ottawa County Courthouse. At the conclusion of said hearing and upon a decision made, the amendments will be submitted to the Danbury Township Board of Trustees for action.
Board of Trustees
None at this time.
Fire: Chief Keith Kahler
Station 1 - Headquarters
9551 E. Harbor Road
Marblehead, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 798-5219
Fax: (419) 798-9122
150 S. Bridge Road
Marblehead, OH 43440
Phone: (419) 734-9700
Police: Chief Michael Meisler
419 S. Bridge Road
Marblehead, Ohio 43440
Phone: (419) 732-2549
Fax: (419) 732-1516
Hours: 24 hours. If an officer
does not answer, you may leave
a message for a non-emergency
situation. Non-emergency calls
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County Sheriff’s Office
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Emergency calls: please dial 911
Zoning & Planning Administrator
Kathryn A. Dale, AICP
Phone: (419) 734-6120
Fax: (419) 734-3137
Hours: M, T, TH, F: 9:00a to 3:00p
W.: 9:00-11:00a & 4:00p-6:30p