The Planning and Zoning Division is responsible for current and long-range land use planning in the City of Westerville. Current planning typically involves reviewing plans for new office, commercial, and residential development to ensure that they meet Zoning Code requirements, but also involves other application types (e.g., conditional uses and parking variances in the Uptown area). Long-range planning typically assumes a broader scope and time frame. The Division is also responsible for ensuring that existing development remains consistent with the Zoning Code such as meeting requirements regarding recreational vehicle storage, lawn care, and landscaping, depending on the zoning district.
In carrying out its responsibilities Planning and Zoning staff provide technical guidance to three City boards: Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), and Uptown Review Board. (URB) The Planning Commission is generally responsible for reviewing new development, projects, or uses in the City, while the Board of Zoning Appeals is responsible for hearing requests to vary from the standards of the Zoning Code (e.g., setbacks). The Uptown Review Board is responsible for reviewing changes in the architectural review district which generally encompasses the historic Westerville area.
Zoning Code and Map
The City's Planning and Zoning Code can be found in Part Eleven (Titles One, Three, and Five) of the City's Codified Ordinances. To access online, click here, which will redirect the user to a third party site (American Legal Publishing Corporation). Select "Frames" to advance and select the appropriate section in the "Table of Contents" along the left side of the screen.
The City's Zoning Map can be accessed online in two ways: pdf and interactive GIS. To view a downloadable pdf of the City's Zoning, click here. To access the City's interactive GIS zoning map, click here.
Planning & Zoning - Planning and Development
City of Westerville
64 E. Walnut Street
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 901-6650 (phone)
(614) 901-6666 (fax)