The Planning Commission is an eleven-member board consisting of the three county commissioners or their alternates and eight members appointed by the county commissioners.
Comprehensive Planning Documents
2019 Comprehensive Planning Document "Wayne Onward"
1997 Comprehensive Planning Document "Tomorrow Together"
Technical Review Committee
The first step for submission to the Planning Commission is review by the Technical Review Committee (TRC). The TRC is a one stop shop for subdivision review, consisting of: Wayne County Planning Department, Wayne County Health Department, Soil & Water Conservation District, Wayne County Building Codes Department, Wayne County Engineer and the Map Office.
► TRC Application ► Technical Review 2021 Meeting Schedule
Rural Enterprise Zone
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.
► State Rural Enterprise Zone List for Wayne County
Community Development Block Grant
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 Wayne County Airport 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.
AG 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. The State of ASA application 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.
► Security Areas in Wayne County, Commissioners Policy
► State of Ohio ASA Application