Zoning Code Update
The City is working with ZoneCo to update the Zoning Code, which was originally adopted in 1975 with text amendments over the years as needed. It has been a priority of the City to update the Zoning Code based on recommendations of recent City planning documents (the Future Land Use Plan and Community Action Plan (PDF)) and to implement community goals.
Proposed Timeline for the Zoning Code Review
June 1 – Administrative Draft of the Zoning Code introduced in its entirety to the public during the Planning Commission meeting
June 1 through July 1: Public comments submitted on-line on each Article or the proposed Zoning Map below (which are then provided to Planning Commission and City Council weekly). Public comment acceptance on-line ends on July 1. However, there will still be work sessions and public hearings for further opportunities for public input.
July 6: Planning Commission held a work session to discuss the Administrative Draft of the Zoning Code and any public comments received thus far. Public comments were also welcomed at the meeting. This meeting was held Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00 PM at City Council Chamber, 304 North Church Street. A recording of this meeting can be viewed on the City's YouTube Channel.
July 11: Planning Commission held an additional work session on Monday, July 11 at 7:00 PM in the City Council Chamber, 304 North Church Street. A recording of this meeting can be viewed on the City’s YouTube Channel.
August 3: Planning Commission continued review of the proposed document and Zoning Map and held further discussion, while providing an additional opportunity for public input. Planning Commission scheduled a public hearing to review the Draft Zoning Code with any additional edits for their September meeting. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 7:00 PM at City Council Chamber, 304 North Church Street. A recording of the August 3 meeting can be viewed on the City’s YouTube Channel.
September 7: Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Zoning Code/Zoning Map, then made a recommendation to City Council to review the Zoning Code with a list of several suggested Planning Commission Zoning Code Recommendations (PDF) the majority of the Commission agreed upon. A recording of the September 7 meeting can be viewed on the City's YouTube Channel.
October: City Council reviews the Draft Zoning Code and recommendations from Planning Commission of potential edits, which likely would be a work session of the Committee of the Whole.
November/December: City Council continues their review and editing of the Draft Zoning Code, the scheduling of a public hearing, moving toward adoption of a new Zoning Code/Zoning Map.
*This schedule is subject to change and will be edited as any changes are known after City Council meetings.
ZoneCo held their first presentation to introduce the proposed new Districts and Zones on October 11, 2021. ZoneCo held their second presentation to introduce uses and definitions on February 16, 2022. City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning of Appeals and members of the public were invited to the presentation at the Veteran’s Building in City Park.
The most recent presentation was held on June 1, 2022. ZoneCo reviewed the remaining proposed sections of the new Zoning Code. City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning of Appeals and members of the public were invited to the presentation at the Simpson Building in Simpson Garden Park. This meeting was not livestreamed or recorded, since this building does not have the technology to do so. Follow the links below to all presentations:
Please contact the Planning Department with any questions at (419) 354-6218 or by Email.
Please note the visuals and proposed districts throughout presentations, including the zoning map, are conceptual ideas from the consultants and are fluid subject to public input and comment. A public review draft ordinance will be released by sections for public review and input.
The draft Zoning Code Articles and the proposed Zoning Map are listed below. All on-line comments received through July 1, 2022 were forwarded to City Council, Planning Commission, ZoneCo and the Planning Department. Opportunities for continued comments will be at future meetings.
The City has also created an Interactive Map, so property owners can click on a property to see the current zoning and the proposed zoning classification. Articles II and III can be reviewed to learn more about the proposed Districts and Zones, along with the proposed permitted and conditional uses, minimum lot sizes, minimum building setbacks, maximum heights, etc.
Residents are encouraged to review slides and/or watch videos of past meetings and presentations, read through the drafts, and participate in live meetings when able. On-line comments were accepted until July 1, 2022. Additional opportunities for public input will be available at meetings, as outlined under the proposed timeline above.
Comments can also be emailed to City Council, mailed or dropped off to 304 North Church Street (Planning Department, 2nd Floor or placed in the drop box outside), or at a future City Council meeting (public hearing not yet scheduled).