Planning and Development Department
The Westerville Zoning Map is updated normally every month after Planning Commission or Council action, as appropriate. Click here for a pdf version of the current map.
The Westerville Planning and Development Department at 64 East Walnut is a good resource. Comprised of the Planning, Building and Engineering Divisions, this department can provide direction on nearly every aspect relevant to your new business.
The Planning and Zoning Division and its Boards and Commissions
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 compliant with the Zoning Code, such as meeting requirements regarding lawn care and landscaping.
In carrying out its responsibilities Planning and Zoning staff provide technical guidance to three City boards: Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Uptown Review Board. 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 Westerville’s architectural review district which generally encompasses the historic Westerville area. Please follow the link to the right to obtain more information on the Planning and Zoning Division or its Boards and Commissions.
Plans have been developed for several areas of our City to assist developers, prospective business managers, City staff and our boards and commissions in guiding development. Follow the Area Plans link to the right to find copies of the North Westerville Plan, the Polaris Parkway Corridor Design Standards, the South State Street Corridor Study, and the Uptown Westerville Design Review Guidelines.
Permits and Forms
The exact circumstances of your business - whether you are simply relocating to an existing space and all you need is a new sign or whether your are building from the ground up - will determine the permitting process, time frame, and forms you will need. The Westerville Planning Department is a great place to start; the department is located at 64 East Walnut Street, (614) 901-6650.
A wealth of knowledge is available about property in the City of Westerville. For information specific to the City of Westerville, such as zoning category, visit the Westerville GIS Map Room; links are provided to the respective County website for additional information about the particular parcel. For information about the parcel, such as market and assessed value, date and amount of latest sale, and tax distribution, visit the respective County Auditor website.
Link to County Auditors' Website
For complete parcel information, visit the Westerville GIS Map Room or go directly to the respective County Auditor website.
Links to Development Resources