WAYNE COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENTAn office of the Board of Wayne County Commissioners
Ann M. Obrecht * Scott Wiggam * Jim Carmichael
The Planning Department is charged with the implementation of the Wayne County Comprehensive Plan, "Tomorrow Together". View "Tomorrow Together" here. The 2007 Comprehensive Plan Audit was completed and effective May16, 2007. View the 2007 Audit here (PDF).
The Wayne County Planning Department is responsible for the enforcement of the Subdivision Regulations (PDF) and Floodplain Resolution (PDF) for the unincorporated areas of Wayne County. Variances, Major Allotments and Common Access Drive proposals are reviewed by the Wayne County Planning Commission at their regularly scheduled meetings. Planning Commission Meetings Schedule (PDF) The Commission is an eleven-member board consisting of the three county commissioners or their alternates and eight members appointed by the county commissioners. Planning Commission Members (PDF)Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has floodplain maps on line and enables searches by an address for the applicable floodplain map. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) provides information on both water and sewage treatment facilities. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) provides information on the communities with floodplain programs and the contact information / Regulations for waterways and wetlands as well as permit information for our area can be found at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website for the Huntington District Office.
A web based underground mine locator is available on-line. The underground mine locator will identify any known abandoned underground mine by street address or by interactive map.
The first step for submission to the Planning Commission is review by the Technical Review Committee.
See TRC Application TRC Application (DOC)
See 2013 TRC Meeting Schedule TRC 2013 Meeting Schedule (PDF)
The Planning Department works with the Rural Enterprise Zone program for the unincorporated areas and the villages in the County. Compliance with the tax incentive agreements is reviewed annually. A list of current Wayne County tax incentive agreements is available at the State of Ohio web site. Questions about the program and the county policies should be directed to the Wayne Economic Development Council, 330-264-2411.
The Department works on a variety of projects at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners including Community Development Block Grants such as the Formula Allocation, Community Housing Improvement programs, and the Revolving Loan Fund. We are working with Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County on bike trail projects and with the County Airport Authority on Airport Improvement projects. Other projects include Scenic Byways for Wayne County, Agricultural Security Areas, the State of Ohio Agricultural Easement Protection program, and Ohio Public Works grant projects.
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have questions or need additional information.
WAYNE COUNTY AIRPORT
The Wayne County Airport Master Plan as of August 2008 has been adopted. The previous plan was adopted in 1987. The update process included several public comment opportunities and was done with the assistance of a Technical Advisory Committee.
Please visit: http://www.woosterwaynecountyairport.com/ for more information about the county airport..
Agricultural Security Area
Ohio's Agricultural Security Area (ASA) legislation permits one or more landowners to request from county commissioners and township trustees to enroll at least 500 acres of contiguous farmland in the unincorporated area of the county into an ASA for 10 years. ASA's are voluntary; locally controlled; incentive-based; and respect private property rights.
ASA's provide certain benefits to farmers, including protecting against non-farm development, assembling a critical mass of land to help keep farming viable, and providing a new local tax benefit for investment in new agricultural real property. They are not designed to stop development, but to protect farmland by creating special areas where agriculture is encouraged and protected.
On April 26, 2006 the Board of Commissioners adopted policies and procedures for Security Areas in Wayne County (PDF). The State of Ohio ASA application (PDF) is available for your use. Wayne County charges a $40 fee at the time of application submission.
Interested landowners please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Department Contacts:Betsy Sparr, Director
Lisa Johnson, Assistant Director
Flo Bracken, Secretary