The Planning & Zoning Division is responsible for the implementation and enforcement
of the city zoning code, subdivision regulations and related land use plans. A variety of tasks
are thereby performed by staff, which together help carry out the commercial and industrial development
strategies of Canal Winchesters Community Plan.
Before a building permit can be issued, the Ohio Building Code requires all plan
review applications to include an approved site plan. Staff can assist the developer in the filing and
review process for site plan approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission. Items looked at include
Some developments have their own zoning standards that are above
the general city standards, such as allowed building materials, parking requirements and
signage throughout the development.
- Building height and minimum square footage
- Off-street parking
Staff also handles zoning complaints. All complaints are inspected to verify if a
violation to the Zoning Code has occurred. If a violation is found, the property owner is notified
to correct the violation.