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Big Darby Watershed Stream Setbacks

Franklin County planners and the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District drafted an amendment to the Franklin County Zoning Resolution to establish buffer areas around streams in the Big Darby watershed.

The stream setbacks regulation was completed with extensive public and stakeholder input.

Planning area boundaries

The regulation applies throughout the unincorporated Franklin County portion of the Big Darby watershed in Brown, Norwich and Pleasant Townships, where our department has jurisdiction.

Final approval

We held many public meetings and information sessions throughout the process. We visited community groups and township boards of trustees explaing the regulation. The Franklin County Board of Commissioners approved the Big Darby watershed stream setbacks on May 21, 2008.

Press release

The commissioners' final action followed approvals by the Franklin County Planning Commission and Franklin County Zoning Commission.

Stream setbacks regulation

The regulation is part of the Franklin County Zoning Resolution.

Stream setbacks regulation


Accurate data are essential to locating stream setbacks areas. View a watershed-wide map of setback areas or visit our GIS page for real-time, parcel-by-parcel views of the stream setbacks.

Watershed-wide map

Franklin County stream buffer interactive map

Other documents

We completed the stream setbacks regulation by assembling a large group of stakeholders, proceeding in a public process with extensive dialogue and public transparency.

View the documents we used to complete this project.

Project documents

John O'Grady President
Marilyn Brown
Kevin L. Boyce