PLANNING AND ZONING

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. 

 

Services Provided

  • Permits

  • Zoning Ordinances

  • Coordinates and manages the Comprehensive Plan

  • Subdivision of land

 

Community Involvement

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.

 

Planning Commissioners

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.

 

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...

 

Relative Links

 

Planning 

Comprehensive Plan 

Zoning Regulations

Zoning Map 

Subdivision Regulation 

Floodplain Map 

Storm Water Presentation 

Storm Water Management Policy

Adopted Codes

Contractor Licensing Info/App

Plan Submittal Numbers 

Planning Fees

Concrete Standard Detail Sheets

Driveway Site Example

 

Applications 

Building Permit Application 

Concept Plat Application (For more information review Subdivision Regulations Article 6) 

Preliminary Plat Checklist for Developer & Application (For more information review Subdivision Regulations Article 6) 

Final Plat Checklist for Developer & Application (For more information review Subdivision Regulations Article 6) 

Lot Split Procedures & Application (For more information review Subdivision Regulations Article 11) 

Site Plan Procedures & Application (For more information review Zoning Ordinance Article 28) 

Vacating of Street, Alley, or Easements Procedures & Application (For more information review Subdivision Regulations) 

Rezone Procedures & Application (For more information review Zoning Ordinance Article 26) 

Development Procedures Policy Manual

Protest Petition Application (For more information review Zoning Ordinance Article 26) 

Conditional Use Procedures & Application (For more information review Zoning Ordinance Article 26) 

Nonconforming Use Procedures & Application (For more information review Zoning Ordinance Article 21)

Variance Procedures & Application (For more information review Subdivision Regulations Article 10) 

Appeal Procedures & Application (For more information review Zoning Ordinance Article 26)

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