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(a) Division of City; Adoption of Map. The City of Norton is hereby divided into zones, or districts, as shown on the Official Zoning Map, which, together with all explanatory matter thereon, is hereby adopted by reference and declared to be a part of this Zoning Code.
(b) Identification of Map. The Official Zoning Map shall be identified by the signature of the Mayor, attested to by the Clerk of Council of the City of Norton, and shall bear certification of the Clerk of the Council of the City of Norton, as follows: "This is to certify that this is the Official Zoning Map referred to in Article IV of Ordinance No. 1-1988, of the City of Norton, Summit County, State of Ohio, as adopted on April 11, 1988."
(c) Amendments and Procedure for Change. If, in accordance with the provisions of this Zoning Code and the Charter of the City of Norton, changes are made in district boundaries or other matters portrayed on the Official Zoning Map, such changes shall be entered on the Official Zoning Map promptly after the amendment has been approved by the City Council, with an entry on the Official Zoning Map as follows: "On (date), by official action of the City Council, the following (change or changes) (was or were) made in the Official Zoning Map: (Brief description of the nature of the change or changes)," which entry shall be signed by the Mayor and attested to by the Clerk of Council of the City of Norton.
(d) Effective Date. No amendment to this Zoning Code which involves matters portrayed on the Official Zoning Map shall become effective until after such change and entry have been made on said Map. No changes of any nature shall be made on the Official Zoning Map, or matters shown thereon, except in conformity with the procedures set forth in this Zoning Code. Any unauthorized change of whatever kind by any person or persons shall be considered a violation of this Zoning Code and punishable as provided in Section 1252.99.
(e) Copies and Location of Official Zoning Map. Regardless of the existence of purported copies of the Official Zoning Map which may from time to time be made or published, the Official Zoning Map, which shall be located in the office of the Clerk of Council of the City of Norton, shall be the final authority as to the current zoning status of land and water areas, buildings and other structures in the City.
(f) Replacement of Official Zoning Map. In the event that the Official Zoning Map becomes damaged, destroyed, lost or difficult to interpret because of the nature or number of changes and additions, the City Council may, by ordinance, adopt a new Official Zoning Map, which shall supersede the prior Official Zoning Map. The new Official Zoning Map may correct drafting or other errors or omissions in the prior Official Zoning Map, but no such correction shall have the effect of amending the original Official Zoning Map or any subsequent amendment thereon.
(g) Preservation of Official Zoning Map. Unless the prior Official Zoning Map has been lost or has been totally destroyed, the prior Map or any significant parts thereof remaining shall be preserved, together with all available records pertaining to its adoption and amendment.
(Ord. 1-1988. Passed 4-11-88.)