Planning and Zoning

Planning and Zoning

 

City planning and community development initiatives are under the direction of the Steubenville Planning and Zoning Commission, a five (5) member group of citizens who serve without compensation. Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission are appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council. The Planning and Community Development Office provides staff support for the Commission’s activities. Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Steubenville City Council Chambers.

Steubenville Planning and Community Development Office

115 South Third Street,

Steubenville, OH 43952

Phone: (740) 283-6000 Ext. 1700

Fax: (740) 283-6082

E-Mail: cdp@cityofsteubenville.us

 

Steubenville Comprehensive Plan

Proposed Civic Plaza Project

 

Residential Streetscape Character Study-ROW Plan

Central Business District Streetscape Character Study

 

Planning & Zoning

The Planning and Community Development Office processes applications for certificate if zoning approval, amendments to the zoning map (rezoning), conditional use approval, home occupation permits, temporary construction trailer permits, portable sign permits and floodplain development permits. The processing of applications for subdivision approval, both within the city limits and within the city’s three (3) mile jurisdictional area, is also a function of the Planning and Community Development Office. A certificate of zoning approval is required anytime the use of land or buildings is changed, or when a building is constructed. This includes:

  • Building a new building
  • Building a garage, shed, pool or other accessory building
  • Temporary or seasonal buildings and uses
  • Adding, expanding or enclosing a patio, porch or deck
  • Installing or widening driveways or parking areas
  • Erecting a fence, wall or sign
  • Constructing an addition to any building
  • Any change in the use of land or buildings

A certificate of zoning approval is not required for:

  • Interior renovations not involving a change in use
  • Roof, gutter and downspout replacement
  • Window or door replacement
  • Installing or repairing siding, soffit and fascia
  • Landscaping

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Planning and Community Development Office as early as possible when planning a project so that zoning and/or subdivision regulations, or other issues affecting a proposed project can be identified.  Information on common projects or issues typical on residential projects has been excerpted from the Zoning Code and is available under Online Forms and Documents below. For larger or more complex projects, pre-application meetings are often held with the applicant and other relevant public officials or agencies to review proposed project plans and provide the applicant with direction prior to preparing detailed plans.

An applicant for a certificate of zoning approval must be capable of showing proof of the accurate location of property lines.  If the applicant cannot, a property survey will be required.  All applications must be accompanied by a plot plan, required fees and any other necessary documentation.  See the City’s codified ordinances available in the City Council section of this website for a copy of the Zoning Code and Subdivision Regulations.  Special zoning permits are also required for home occupations, temporary construction/office trailers, portable signs, and boarding and rooming houses.

If you would like to report a Zoning Code violation, please provide us with the name of the owner of the property (if known), street address of the property, and a description of the violation.  Please also provide us with your name, address and telephone number so that we may contact you if necessary, a violation will not be investigated unless you provide this information.  You can report a code violation by calling the telephone number listed below.

Applications and Documents:

Zoning Map

Planning and zoning related fees are established by ordinance as follows:

Subdivision/Lot Splits

  • Preliminary Subdivision Plats (where applicable): $25.00, plus $2.50 per lot or parcel
  • Final Subdivision Plats (where preceded by a required preliminary plat): $15.00, plus $1.00 per lot or parcel
  • Final Subdivision Plats (where preliminary plats are not required): $25.00, plus $2.50 per lot or parcel
  • Request for Alteration of Requirements or Appeal of Staff Decisions: $50.00
  • Recording Fees: Established by the Office of the Jefferson County Recorder

Certificate of Zoning Approval

New construction, remodeling or additions – existing residential buildings with three (3) or fewer dwelling, boarding or rooming units under the same roof; including fences, walls, driveways and accessory buildings or uses:

  • $10.00 when a certificate of zoning approval is applied for prior to the commencement of remodeling or construction;
  • $20.00 when a certificate of zoning approval is applied for after the commencement of remodeling or construction.

New construction, remodeling or additions – existing residential buildings with four (4) or more dwelling, boarding or rooming units under the same roof, commercial and other uses; including fences, walls, signs, parking lots, driveways and accessory buildings or uses:

  • $20.00 when a certificate of zoning approval is applied for prior to the commencement of remodeling or construction;
  • $40.00 when a certificate of zoning approval is applied for after the commencement of remodeling or construction.

Existing buildings or uses – Fee of ten dollars ($10.00) for issuance of certificate of zoning approval when requested by property owner.

Home Occupancy Permits

  • Home Occupation Permits: $10.00 annually

Temporary Construction/Office Trailer Permit

  • Temporary Construction Trailer Permit on active construction sites only: $25.00 per trailer for 6 months

Portable Sign Permit

  • Portable Sign Permits: $25.00 annually for each sign

Zoning Map Amendment (Rezoning)

Rezoning Fee:

P ………………………………………………….…………..……..  $100.00
C-1 or C-2 ………………………………………………………….  $100.00
R-1 or R-1A ……………………………………………….………   $100.00
R-2 or R-2A …………………………………………………………$125.00
R-3 or R-3A …………………………………………………………$150.00
R-4 …………………………………………………………………..$175.00
B-1 …………………………………………………………………..$275.00
B-2 or B-2A …………………………………………………………$275.00
B-3 …………………………………………………………………..$250.00
B-4 …………………………………………………………………..$225.00
B-5 …………………………………………………………………..$200.00
I-1 or I-1A …………………………………………………..……….$300.00
I-2 ……………………………………………………………..……..$325.00
I-3 ……………………………………………………………..……..$350.00

Plus deposit of $500.00 to cover City costs made payable to Clerk of City Council

Conditional Use Approval 

No fee, deposit only of $500.00 to cover City costs made payable to Clerk of City Council

Copy of Subdivision and Zoning Code: $25.00 plus postage if mailed, or may be downloaded free from City Council section of this website as a part of the Codified Ordinances of Steubenville.

Copy of Zoning Map

Zoning Maps must be obtained from the Engineering Department. Map sizes available are as follows:

Small Map (22” x 34”)
Large Map (40” x 64”)

Check with the Engineering Department for the fees charged.  A copy of the map is not yet available here however we are currently working on making it available on the website.  This map is intended to provide general guidance only, you should check with the Planning and Community Development Office to verify the zoning classification of any property.

 Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) consists of five (5) citizens who serve without compensation. Members of the BZA are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council. The BZA meets on an as needed basis, when there is business to come before it, and may: grant variances from the Zoning Code for front, side or rear yard requirements; decide, when in question, the exact location of a zoning district boundary line or an interpretation or application of the Zoning Code; grant variances to those denied zoning approval where such denial is alleged to be unreasonable or unjust, and grant variances from floodplain regulations.

Zoning appeals fees are established by ordinance as follows:

Appeals Fee:

  • Single-family detached dwellings, single-family semi-detached, two-family dwellings and governmental uses – $35.00
  • All other types of residential dwellings – $75.00
  • Commercial, industrial, and other – $150.00

Plus deposit of $500.00 to cover City costs made payable to Planning and Zoning Commission.

 

Neighborhood Conservation Districts

The City of Steubenville enacted Neighborhood Conservation District legislation on July 8, 2014.  The purpose of the ordinance, which is a part of the City’s Zoning Code and permits the establishment of Neighborhood Conservation Districts as overlay districts under the code, is to allow owners of property within residential neighborhoods the opportunity to preserve the attractiveness, desirability, and character of residential neighborhoods by precluding all or certain types of rental properties and thereby avoiding the potential negative effects rental properties can have on a neighborhood with regard to property deterioration, increased density, congestion, noise and traffic levels and reduction of property values.  Neighborhood Conservation Districts are formed by petition of neighborhood residents followed by legislative action of City Council.  The creation of a Neighborhood Conservation District would mean that no new registrations of single-family dwellings for rental purposes would be accepted by the City after the effective date of the ordinance establishing the District; therefore, no new rental single-family detached dwellings would be permitted in the District.  The ordinance would not affect other types of rental housing such as attached dwelling units and multi-family housing units.  The restriction on single-family detached rental housing imposed by the District does not impact properties that have already been registered as rental properties. However, if a property owner allows a rental registration to remain expired more than one (1) year, then the property would lose any prior legal non-conforming grandfathering.  There is an exception to this however for single-family detached dwellings actively being offered for sale in compliance with the District requirements.

 

Rental Housing Code

All owners of residential rental property are required to register their property with the Planning and Community Development Office.  Registration may be completed by mail or in person by completing the registration form and paying the required fee.  Registration fees are as follows:

  • Owners of one (1) rental unit – $15.00
  • Owners of two (2) to five (5) rental units – $25.00
  • Owners of six (6) to twenty-five (25) rental units – $50.00
  • Owners of twenty-six (26) to one hundred (100) rental units – $75.00
  • Owners of one hundred and one (101) or more rental unit – $100.00
  • Late registration fee, additional – $10.00

If an owner acquires additional rental units between registration periods, a minimum fee of ten dollars ($10.00) with a maximum fee as established above.

Registration is valid for a two (2) year period.  See the City’s codified ordinances available in the City Council section of this website for a full copy of the Rental Housing Code.  Owners of residential rental property are also required by State Law to register with
the County Auditor’s Office.  Registering with the City does not satisfy the County’s requirements and vice versa, property owners must register with both agencies.  Information about the County’s rental registration requirements can be found at www.jeffersoncountyoh.com by visiting the County Auditor’s section of the website.

The City itself does not own any rental housing, however if you are looking for housing you may contact the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority at (740) 282-0994 for information about public housing options; check the telephone directory under “Apartments”; check the classified section of the local newspaper, The Herald Star; or contact an area realtor.

The resources below are intended to assist landlords and property managers by providing valuable information regarding residential rentals.  These should not take the place of legal advice from your attorney, and remember to treat all tenants and applicants for housing equally when engaging in the business of rental housing.

Remember that good tenant screening is the best way to make sure your rental property is crime free.

 

Miscellaneous

The Planning and Zoning Commission acts on behalf of the City Manager’s Office concerning the administration of regulations and permitting regarding amusements, bowling alleys, fortunetelling, itinerant vendors, charitable solicitations, peddlers and solicitors, photographers, pool/billiards, and sales from public places.  If you fall into any of these categories, you should refer to Part 7 of the codified ordinances of the City, then check the appropriate chapter and sections for the requirements that may apply to you.

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