Planning & Zoning Information
Director of Community Development
Address: 101 S Hickory-2nd Floor, PO Box 60
Ottawa, KS 66067
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8-5
(Wednesday office closed from 8:30 to 10 for Staff Meeting)
Phone: (785) 229-3620
Department Email: email@example.com
Director Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Processes of planning and zoning assist the city by providing orderly growth, planning, appropriate land use, the preservation of resources for the future, and enforcement of codes. In addition to planning activities in the city limits, planning activity is also the city's responsibility in the Urban Growth Area (UGA), see UGA Map for the area.
The Planning Commission is a seven-member group that is appointed by the City Commission and responsible for making recommendations on the regulations: zoning, comprehensive plan, and subdivision. Two of the members reside outside of the city limits to enable planning efforts in growth areas. The Planning Commission reviews all site plans for development and plats for subdivisions as needed. Meetings are held once a month, on the second Wednesday at 7p.m. Study sessions are held on the last Wednesday of the month at noon. In addition, they may hold special study sessions as scheduled for review of draft codes.
The members are: John Boyd, Chairperson, Jack Maxwell, Vice-Chairperson, Rick Oglesby, Bill Crowley, Betty Birzer, Kimber Corn and Rich Powers.
Board of Zoning Appeals
The Board of Zoning Appeals is a five member group that is appointed by the City Commission and to make decisions on appeals, exceptions, and variances. More...
Planning Activities are not only done by staff, but also by volunteers on our planning commission. These are citizens who serve on the board to help make decisions about development in Ottawa.
Community members are welcome to attend Planning Commission meetings, make commentary to share public testimony, or simply view presentations. Public comments are not offered at Planning Commission study sessions that take place the last Wednesday of every month.