Planning and Zoning
All Planning and Zoning meetings are held at 206 South Main Street,Amherst, Ohio in Council's Chambers
Amherst Planning Commission:
The Planning Commission has the authority to regulate subdivisions, provide for the arrangements of streets, highways and regional plans. The Planning Commission approves lot splits (Ord 1107.01) and determines traffic impact (Ord 1111.01c) in the case of Commercial new development or additions. Any new development and/or changes in an I-1 District must be recommended to the City Council Industrial Review Committee for approval (Ord 1141.07).
The Planning Commission meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm. Applicants must submit a copy of the plat/property clearly showing the buildings or addition, with all measurements, surrounding buildings, parking area and landmarks. A Planning Commission application can be obtained on this website or at the Building Department. There is a non-refundable fee which must be received, along with the plans, twenty-eight (28) days prior to the scheduled meeting. Applicants (or their agent) are required to attend the meeting and will receive an agenda prior to the meeting date. All applicants will receive a copy of the approved meeting minutes.
Planning Commission Fee Schedule:
Commercial Buildings - $200.00
Lot Splits (commercial or residential) - $200.00
All Other Categories - $100.00
Any decision of the Building Inspector made in enforcement of the Zoning Code may be appealed to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). The Board may determine and vary the application of use, height, area regulations and building line regulations in all cases listed in the Zoning Code where approval of the Board is required after public notice and hearing.
The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. Applicants must review and indicate any variances they are requesting for the district. A Board of Zoning Appeals application can be obtained on this website or at the Building Department. There is a non-refundable fee which must be received, along with your request, fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled meeting. The variance request will appear in The Morning Journal. Applicants (or their agent) are required to attend the meeting and will receive an agenda prior to the meeting date. All applicants will receive a copy of the approved meeting minutes.
Board of Zoning Appeals Fee Schedule:
Residential - $35.00
Commercial - $100.00
Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals Agendas and Minutes
NOTE: posted meeting minutes are preliminary until signed by the Chairperson
The public may request an agenda and/or minutes from Planning Commission and/or Board of Zoning Appeals meetings via mail by submitting a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Building Department, 480 Park Avenue, Amherst, OH 44001 or in person at the Building Department during normal business hours. A fee of $.05 per standard photocopy will be charged per ordinance 99-155.