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The Planning and Development Department is comprised of several divisions including Planning, Economic Development and Housing, Building and Recreation.

The Planning and Development Department manages the development process: from planning to zoning to building. The Department maintains the Comprehensive Plan and works with other departments on their functional plans. The Department enforces the Zoning Code, subdivision regulations, Sign Code and Building Code. The Department provides support to staff the Planning Commission, Design Review Subcommittee, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission, Oberlin Community Improvement Corporation, Housing Renewal Commission, as well as special project committees.

Planning is a part of the City’s Foundation. Planning provides the policy foundation for the City’s day-to-day decision making. The Comprehensive Plan serves to guide Oberlin’s growth and the quality of development, as well as the infrastructure and community facilities necessary to support growth.

Zoning is a tool to implement Planning. It ensures that land is used in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan by the division of land in different uses in order to avoid nuisances and to promote healthy and orderly development. More information on Zoning is available on the Planning and Zoning Code and Regulations pages, which you can reach by choosing the button the left or above.

Annexation Procedures. All annexations into the City of Oberlin boundaries must first be processed by the County before being considered by City Council. For more information on annexation requirements, please contact the County Commissioner’s Office at (440) 329-5000.

Setbacks and Lot Requirements. Setbacks and Lot Requirements are outlined various sections of the Zoning Code.

Contact Information



Gary Boyle, Director of Planning and Development

Phone: (440) 775-7250

Carrie Handy, Economic and Housing Development Officer

Phone: (440) 775-7257

Wendie Fleming, Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (440) 775-7182

Department Fax: (440) 774-9714


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