Cincinnati Couple Faces Fine for Zombie Nativity Scene

A neighborhood zoning administrator says the manager constitutes the violation, not the zombie dolls within it.

A citation for a zoning violation is expected to be issued for a zombie nativity scene in Sycamore Township. Last year Jasen Dixon, 8555 Vorhees Lane, first put up his nontraditional nativity scene at his home in the Rossmoyne area of Sycamore Township. The nativity includes an accessory structure which he was informed last year presented zoning issues, Trustee Tom Weidman said.

“It’s an accessory structure. He doesn’t have a permit for it. It has nothing to do with what he’s got underneath the accessory structure. He can put a hundred zombies in his front yard if he wants. It’s none of my business. It’s none of our business,” Weidman said. “The fact of the matter is the guy’s got an accessory structure in his front yard. Which his illegal.”

Dixon’s unique nativity captured the attention of people around the globe in December 2014. It also caught the attention of township leadership resulting in warnings for two zoning violations – one for the size of the accessory structure in which the zombie nativity figures were displayed and the second for debris in front of the garage.

Daniel Luzer is GOVERNING's news editor.