Planning Department

Parks & Recreation 5 Year Master Plan Draft Parks and Recreation Plan

For up to date information regarding the Community Action Plan please select the following link.

Residents and businesses are reminded of the requirement to keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice within 24 hours of the abatement of any storm, according to Section 98.06 of the Codified Ordinances.  Owners may be subject to abating the snow and ice by the city at the owner’s cost and a citation.  Complaints can be called in to the Planning Department at (419) 354-6218.  More information can be reviewed on this informational brochure.

Congratulations to the City of Bowling Green for winning the 2015 APA Ohio Planning Award for under the category Comprehensive Planning – Small Jurisdiction!  Click here for more information.

For information regarding Planning Commission , Zoning Board of Appeals, or any other Planning Department meetings please contact us at 419-354-6218.  We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have or provide information.

What We Do

The City Planning Department is charged with the responsibility of carrying out the City’s planning function including the preparation and updating of the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan.  The Department also administers some Ordinances implementing the adopted Plan.

These implementation mechanisms include The Access Management Policies and Guidelines, the Subdivision Regulations, and the Zoning Code.  Additionally, the Department has oversight of the contract with the Wood County Health Department for the Housing Code.

There are two (2) documents that pertain to all residents, both owners and renters, that you should familiarize yourself with.  They are the City Snow Removal Brochure and an informational letter regarding the posting of addresses on your home or apartment as well as places of business.  For helpful information regarding landlord/tenant rights and obligations refer to this link to the Ohio State Bar

Green Space Task Force Report

Planning Commission and City Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library.   The Green Space Task Force Report was presented, along with public comments and questions.  Click here to review the meeting Minutes.  Additionally, Council (at their meeting on 1-19-2016) decided to have a feasibility study done on the site by a design firm as a response to public feedback and questions about the site being able to accommodate the potential for a green space and city building.  Council felt this could be done fairly quickly as a reasonable response to concerns.

The study was presented to City Council at a Committee of the Whole meeting on April 18.  The concept plan can be viewed here:

We Have a Plan, Now What?

The City sponsored a public educational workshop titled “We have a plan, now what? ”  On Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Wood County Public Library.  Kirby Date, a community planner, reviewed best land use practices and potential ordinance revisions that will facilitate implementation of the Future Land Use Plan.  Please click here to view the presentation by Ms. Date.  Also, click here to view the brief review and update of the Land Use Plan that was presented prior to introducing Ms. Date.  For additional information about the Ohio Balanced Growth Program, you can view the website.

Exterior Housing Evaluation

Click on the link to view the City of Bowling Green’s 2011 Exterior Housing Evaluation Survey.  A map of the neighborhood sections is accessible by clicking here.  The Wood County Health Department conducts this survey every 5 years, with the next survey commencing in spring of 2016.  Please call the Planning office at (419) 354-6218 or the Wood County Health Department at (419) 352-8402 for any concerns regarding sanitation or health-related issues for a structure or property (such as litter removal, unsafe structures, peeling paint, etc.).  Click here to review the health department complaint procedure.

Building Inspection

For information regarding Building Inspection: or call 419.354.9190
For information regarding civil citations/fines: or call 419.352.5263

For information regarding underground utility location: or call 1.800.362.2764