428 West Liberty Street Wooster, Ohio 44691 Lower Level County Admin Building
(330) 287-5420 | Mon-Fri: 7:30AM – 4:30PM
The Planning Department is a branch of the County Government that serves under the direction of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners.
The Planning Commission is an eleven-member board consisting of three County Commissioners or their alternates, and eight members appointed by the County Commissioners.
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.
- Minor Subdivision Application Checklist
- Minor Subdivision Application Process
- Major Subdivision Application Checklist
- Access Management – Effective August 1, 2023
The Wayne County Planning Department is responsible for the enforcement of the Subdivision Regulations 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.
There is no zoning in the unincorporated areas of Wayne County except Chippewa Township so properties in all those other areas have no zoning; However, there are county subdivision regulations, health, building code, floodplain and soil and water regulations that must still be followed.
Chippewa Twp Zoning CONTACTS: Chippewa Twp Zoning Inspector: Jeremy Porter (cell) (330) 351-1050 or the twp office: (330) 658-2112. Email: email@example.com
PH: (330) 828 – 2221
PH: (330) 855-2491
The Wayne County Planning Department is responsible for the enforcement of Floodplain Resolution for the unincorporated areas of Wayne County.
What is a Floodplain?
The floodplain is that part of the stream that conveys the excess water of a stream or river during a flood event. Improper development within the floodplain can cause significant loss of property and possibly of life. The NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) regulation requires, prior to any development in a regulatory floodplain, that a permit be issued.
Wayne County is blessed with some of the best farmland in the world. Our farmland provides a host of environmental benefits and is the factory floor for the local economy. As part of our commitment to the Agricultural Community, Wayne County is pleased to offer the following programs:
» Ag Security Areas (ASAs)
Landowner(s) with at least 500 contiguous areas of unincorporated farmland can opt into 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 can provide tax exemptions for new investments in structures used exclusively for agricultural purposes.
For more information: State of Ohio ASA Application | Wayne County Policy and Procedures | ODA Program Information | ASA Tax Benefits | Tax Exemption Application | Farm Tools Brochure
Read The Oasis in the Desert: Thoughts on protecting Wayne County’s Farmland by Ron Becker
» Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP)
Wayne County is a local sponsor for the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Clean Ohio Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). LAEPP provides funding to farmland owners for placing a permanent agricultural easement on their property up to 75% of the appraised value of a farm’s development rights, with a max of $2,000 per acre. This is a competitive program open each January – March.
Read more about the LAEPP. Landowners who want to submit an application must work with a Local Sponsor. The Wayne County Commissioners can be a Local Sponsor for Wayne County landowners. Contact the Farmland Preservation Specialist at AgPlan@WayneOhio.org or call us to learn more.
» AG Success Team
The Ag Success Team (AST) is a network of farmers, food and farm supply chain businesses, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, capital providers, economic development organizations, and local government with diverse perspectives, deep knowledge and experiences, strong community connections, and a passion for protecting and preserving Wayne County’s food and agricultural systems.
The AST was formed in 2004 by the Commissioners and local volunteers to help retain and expand Wayne County’s agricultural sector. Their role is to advocate for all forms of agriculture, ensure there is land available to farm, and make sure that issues central to agriculture are represented in discussions about economic development.
The mission of the Wayne County Ag Success Team is to secure Wayne County farms and farmland for future generations by serving as a covening resource that supports the many initiatives that sustain and add value to our agricultural community. Our goals are:
- Promote and strengthen the viability of farms by fostering a vibrant and diverse food and farm economy.
- Educate the public about the important role agriculture plays in our community.
- Support agricultural systems and production practices that leverage our natural resources while protecting the environment and health of the people who live here.
- Identify holistic approaches that help farmers and make farming an appealing and attainable way of life.
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Fair Housing Program
For Fair Housing questions:
County inquiries may call (330) 621-8038
For City of Wooster call (330) 263-5200 x300
The Fair Housing Program provides information on tenant / landlord rights and responsibilities, a place to report cases of housing discrimination, information on requesting repairs, rights to support animals, and dealing with mold or bedbugs.
Wayne County partners with Community Action Wayne/Medina and Community Legal Aid to support tenants and landlords. For Fair Housing questions in Wayne County outside of Wooster call: (330) 621-8038. Wooster residents call: (330) 263-5200 extension 300.
For more information about Community Legal Aid, call (800) 998-9454 or go to communitylegalaid.org
- Community Legal Aid: What to do if you’re worried about an eviction
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: A brief guide to mold, moisture and your home.
- Community Action Wayne/Medina
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.
Community Housing Impact Program (CHIP))
The CHIP Program funds major home repairs that preserve affordable housing. Both rental and owner occupied properties may be eligible.
The program is a partnership between Wayne County, the City of Wooster, the City of Orrville and the Wayne Metropolitan Housing Authority who administers the program. To learn what repairs may be funded and who may qualify for assistance, call (330) 264-2727.
The Wayne County Commissioners usually receive monies every two years for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Community Development Allocation funds (formally known as the CDBG Formula program) from the State’s Ohio Small Cities Program. This grant allocation is HUD federal funding and is administered by the State. All projects submitted must qualify by meeting the HUD National Objective of benefitting an area and/or persons that are considered to be at least 51% Low to Moderate Income (LMI) as determined by the 2010 Census. Or, if your community has an approved LMI survey that was conducted after June, 2020 it must be submitted when you turn in an application. LMI surveys are only valid for five (5) years. If you are unsure of your LMI status, please contact us for clarification.
In previous years, CDBG funds have been made available for various infrastructure and public service projects within the villages, the townships, Orrville and Rittman. Only 15% of the County’s total allocation can be applied toward public service projects.
In addition to the Allocation Grant program there are three competitive programs that are rated and funded at the State level and they include:
- Neighborhood Revitalization program,
- Downtown Revitalization program, and
- Critical Infrastructure program
Wayne County Transit
Wayne County Transit is a joint project of Community Action Wayne/Media and the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA). WCT provides low cost, curb-to-curb shared ride public transit Monday thru Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to Midnight. Click HERE for information on how to use WCT and a downloadable registration form.
Revolving Loan Fund
Wayne County works with the Ohio office of Economic Development and the Wayne Economic Development Council financing loans to local businesses. The loans finance investments creating or retaining permanent jobs for low and moderate income residents. Loan payments from businesses are paid back to the fund and can be loaned out again for further economic development.
Jennifer Kiper, Director
Email: jkiper@WayneOhio.org PH: (330) 287-5423
Stephanie Featheringill, Land Use Planner
Email: sfeatheringill@WayneOhio.org PH: (330) 287-5426
Land Use and Floodplain – TRC and Subdivision Questions
Economic & Community Coordinator – OPEN
PH: (330) 287-5422
Economic Development-EZ, CRA and CDBG Questions
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has floodplain maps online and enables searches by an address for the applicable floodplain map.
The Ohio EPA (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 their contact information.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – 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.
Web-based Underground Mine Locator – A web-based underground mine locator is available online. The underground mine locator will identify any known abandoned underground mine by street address or by interactive map.