The Township was created on March 7, 1845 by the Ohio Legislature out of Orange Township. Much of its original area has been severed or annexed into the Chagrin River Valley villages of Chagrin Falls, Moreland Hills and Bentleyville. What remains of the Township once contained farms and a large pre-Depression private estate.
The unincorporated Township’s semi-rural setting offers lush green spaces with meadows, woods and streams for residences on 5-acre lots and now contains approximately .5 square miles, with 43 households. Its dimensions have remained essentially unchanged since 1950 as a large-lot residential community with minimal growth.
The Township is governed by three elected Trustees and an elected Fiscal Officer. These officials are elected for four year terms by the voters of both the incorporated and unincorporated portions of the Township.
The Trustees appoint a Zoning Inspector, a Building Inspector, a Board of Zoning Appeals and a Zoning (Planning) Commission. The Township contracts for safety services with the Village of Chagrin Falls and for building inspection services with the Village of Moreland Hills. Its children attend the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Public Schools. Township public streets are plowed in winter by the Village of Chagrin Falls Street Department, but all other road maintenance is provided by the Cuyahoga County Engineer.
Township Trustees Meetings
The Township Trustees meet in the landmark Chagrin Falls Township Town Hall, located at 83 North Main Street in Chagrin Falls Village. The trustees meet typically at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Changes in meeting schedules are posted on this website.
Chagrin Falls Township Town Hall
Although located within the Village of Chagrin Falls, the Chagrin Falls Township Hall belongs to the Township and is managed by the Township Trustees. It is the site of community activities and home of the Chagrin Falls Visitors’ Center. Town Hall is open to the public and is available for rent by private parties and organizations.
Do you live in the Village or the Township?
This map represents all of Chagrin Falls Township.
It’s a common misconception that if you live in the Village of Chagrin Falls, you’re not a resident of the Township. The Village of Chagrin Falls is not separate from the Township.
The Village of Chagrin Falls is simply the incorporated portion of the Township.