Planning and Zoning

Community Planning, Zoning, and Building Inspection

City planning, community development and property maintenance 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
 
 

Urban Projects Director

Urban Projects Director:Christopher J. Petrossi

Urban Projects Director:
Christopher J. Petrossi

Christopher J. Petrossi is the Urban Projects Directorfor the City of Steubenville.  Mr. Petrossi received a Bachelor’s degree in Regional Planning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning from Shippensburg University.   He worked in urban and regional planning in both the public and private sectors before being employed by the City of Steubenville in 1989.  Mr. Petrossi is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), the Ohio Planning Conference (OPC) and the International Code Council (ICC).  He is responsible for planning and zoning, community/neighborhood development and property maintenance code enforcement activities within Steubenville.  He oversees a small staff consisting of two (2) inspectors and one (1) secretary.  Mr. Petrossi is also responsible for providing staff support for numerous City boards and commissions.

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 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
  • Repairs (not widening or enlarging) to existing driveways or parking areas
  • Landscaping
  • Sidewalk repairs

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.

Floodplain Development Permits and Determinations

Floodplain development permits are required prior to construction or development in floodplain areas. In Steubenville, floodplain areas are found along the Ohio River and along Permar’s Run. Floodplain determinations are available by contacting the Planning and Community Development Office. These determinations are made using existing available floodplain mapping resources. No fee is charged for floodplain development permits or floodplain determinations. More information about developing in floodplains can be found by visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website, www.fema.gov , or the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) website, www.dnr.state.oh.us 

 

 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.

 

Community Development

The Planning and Community Development Office administers Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) funds received from the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), office of Community Development; and grant funds from a variety of other sources. Some projects funded in the past from these sources include:

  • Owner-occupied housing rehabilitation
  • First time home buyer down payment assistance
  • Project based rental housing rehabilitation
  • Tenant based rental assistance
  • Rehabilitation of homeless and domestic violence shelters
  • Park and recreation improvements
  • Historic façade rehabilitation
  • Street and sidewalk improvements
  • Water and sewer system improvements
  • Revolving business loans
  • Brownfield remediation and redevelopment
  • Clearance and demolition of dilapidated structures
  • Land banking

There are also three (3) active private non-profit neighborhood based organizations working to improve specific areas of the community.  The Steubenville Hilltop Community Development Corporation is an organization that is working to enhance the physical condition of buildings and reduce crime in the La Belle View and Pleasant Heights neighborhoods.  They administer a paint program, neighborhood clean-ups and block watch programs.  The La Belle Neighbors Who Care are working with young people in the La Belle neighborhood by providing youth mentoring and recreational programs.  Finally, the Steubenville Revitalization Group (SRG) is working to retain and attract new investment in the Central Business District and encourage physical improvements to the downtown area.  Its website can be visited at www.downtownsteubenvillesrg.com.

There are additionally two (2) other organizations working in the downtown area, these being the Steubenville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Old Fort Steuben Project, Inc.   The Steubenville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau markets the greater Steubenville area for the travel and tourism and promotes area attractions, facilities and events.  The Old Fort Steuben Project, Inc. has reconstructed historic Fort Steuben and operates the Visitor’s Center and Amphitheater; and tours and other events are held on a regular basis at the site.  Their websites can be visited atwww.visitsteubenville.com and www.oldfortsteuben.com for more information.

Those in need of census data for Steubenville or other communities may visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s website, www.census.gov and select American Factfinder, and then follow the instructions.

More information about housing and community development programs can be found at HUD’s websites, www.hud.gov or www.huduser.org; and at ODSA’s website, development.ohio.gov. Information about homebuyer assistance programs can be found at www.hud.gov or www.ohiohome.org

 

Steubenville Adopt-A-Lot Program

The City of Steubenville encourages non-profit corporations and community associations to participate in the City’s Adopt-A-Lot Program.   Community minded organizations can take an unused city lot or parcel of land and lease it for one dollar per year for two years and turn what could have been a potential eyesore and source of neighborhood blight into a beautiful and bountiful pocket of green.

How can my organization adopt-a-lot?

  • Only city-owned parcels of land may be adopted.
  • Lots may be used for community vegetable or flower gardening or a combination thereof.
  • Non-profit corporations or community associations must submit a written request to the Community Development Office.
  • If approved, applicants must sign a lease agreement with the City for the lot.
  • After the lease is executed, the City and applicant will inspect the site to see if there are any potential hazards.  If a dangerous condition exists that can be easily remedied at a reasonable cost, the City will proceed to correct the problem; if a condition exists that cannot be easily and inexpensively remedied, the lease will terminate immediately.
  • Community groups will be required to abide by the terms of the lease and the rules listed therein.
  • Community groups must participate in training provided by the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District and the Ohio State University Cooperative Extension Service within two months of signing the lease.
  • Signs, fences or other improvements must comply with the City’s zoning regulations.

Adopt-A-Lot Forms

Property Maintenance

The Planning and Community Development Office administers and enforces the Property Maintenance Code for the City of Steubenville.  The adopted property maintenance standards are the International Code Council (ICC) Property Maintenance Code.  The Property Maintenance Code contains requirements regulating the safety, sanitation and appearance of the interior and exterior of structures and exterior property areas; provides minimum light, ventilation and space requirements; establishes minimum criteria for the maintenance and location of plumbing systems and facilities; establishes minimum performance and safety requirements for electrical and mechanical facilities; and establishes minimum requirements for fire safety and protection facilities.   A copy of the Property Maintenance Code is available for review in the Planning and Community Development Office, or may be purchased directly from the ICC at their website, www.iccsafe.org .  See the City’s codified ordinances available in the City Council section of this website for any amendments that have been made to the Property Maintenance Code.  If you would like to report a Property Maintenance 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.

 

Vacant Property Registration

The Planning and Community Development Office administers and enforces the City of Steubenville’s Vacant Property Registration regulations. Owners of vacant property, including executors and mortgagees that have filed an action in foreclosure, are required to register with the City. The registration form and a complete copy of the requirements can be found below. Fees for registration are as follows:
For vacant residential buildings, the annual fee is $200.00 for the first year of vacancy. For every consecutive year a building remains vacant, the annual fee is increased by $50.00 over the previous year’s fee amount, for a maximum annual fee equaling the 5 year fee of $400.00 for the fifth and consecutive, subsequent years of vacancy.
For vacant commercial and other buildings, the annual fee is $400.00 for the first year of vacancy. For every consecutive year a building remains vacant, the annual fee is increased by $75.00 over the previous year’s fee amount, for a maximum annual fee equaling the 5 year fee of $700.00 for the fifth and consecutive, subsequent years of vacancy.
The late fee is equal to the annual fee or $1,000.00; whichever is less.
A statement explaining the reason for the building’s vacancy, along with a plan for the buildings future must accompany the submitted registration form (see Section 1199.03(c), (1) through (3)). If you believe your building may qualify for an exemption from registration requirements, please call the Planning and Community Development Office to confirm this. The failure to register, in addition to being subject to late fees, is a fourth degree misdemeanor.

 

Building Inspection

The Building Inspection Division reviews plans, issues permits and enforces the Ohio Building Code, the Ohio Residential Code, and related codes.   The Building Inspection Division maintains Ohio Board of Building Standards certified personnel to complete all phases of permitting and inspection.   Appeals of staff decisions for commercial and other uses must be made to the Ohio Board of Building Appeals in Columbus, Ohio.  Appeals regarding a building issue dealing with one, two or three family residential dwellings are handled locally by the Board of Engineering and Building Appeals.

Board of Engineering and Building Appeals/Board of Property Maintenance Appeals

The Board of Engineering and Building Appeals, which also serves as the Board of Property Maintenance Appeals, is comprised of five (5) citizens who serve without compensation.  Members are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council.  This Board meets on an as needed basis when there is business to come before it.  The Board hears appeals of staff decisions regarding Steubenville’s Property Maintenance Code, the Ohio Residential Code and other locally adopted codes.

 

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.

Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation activities are overseen by the Steubenville Historic Landmarks Commission. The Historic Landmarks Commission consists of seven (7) citizens who serve without compensation. The City has two (2) existing historic districts, these being the Steubenville Commercial Historic District located in the Central Business District (CBD) and the North End Neighborhood Historic District, both of which are found in the downtown area and have been listed by the U.S. Department of the Interior on the National Register of Historic Places. All exterior alterations or changes in the historic districts must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and the design guidelines adopted by the Historic Landmarks Commission. The Planning and Community Development Office processes applications for certificate of appropriateness for work in historic districts. Historic Landmarks Commission meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Steubenville City Council Chambers. More information about historic preservation can be found at www.ohiohistory.org ,www.nps.gov and www.nationaltrust.org

If you are interested in doing research on your property, there are a few local sources of information available: (1) the property and other records at the Jefferson County Courthouse; (2) the resource library at the Jefferson County Historical Association; and (3) the Ohio Room at the Schiappa Branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, the website is www.steubenville.lib.oh.us.   You may also contact the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society at www.jeffcochapter.com for information.

 

Economic Development

The City has a program that provides property owners with an incentive for rehabilitation of existing buildings or for construction of new facilities within a specified geographic target area. Property owners within the designated community reinvestment area (CRA) may be granted real property tax abatements on any increase in property valuation which results from new construction or remodeling of existing structures. Applications for CRA abatements are reviewed and acted upon by the Community Reinvestment (CR) Council. The CR Council consists of seven (7) members who serve without compensation. Applications for CRA abatements are processed by the Planning and Community Development Office. The CR Council meets on an as-needed basis, however no less than annually

More information about economic development programs can be found at the website of Progress Alliance, the area economic development agency,www.progressalliance.com, at ODOD’s website, www.odod.state.oh.us, and at the Small Business Administration’s website, www.sba.gov . Information about minority business development can be found atwww.odod.state.oh.us/dmba and www.mbda.gov 

 

Fair Housing

Fair housing activities are under the direction of the Steubenville Fair Housing Practices Commission. The Fair Housing Commission assists those who have been victimized by housing discrimination with the filing of complaints with the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). The Fair Housing Commission also provides educational seminars and workshops for the public concerning equal housing opportunity and housing discrimination; and encourages area banks to invest in low income and predominantly minority neighborhoods. The Fair Housing Commission consists of five (5) members who serve without compensation. The fair housing program is administered by the Planning and Community Development Office. Fair Housing Commission meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Steubenville City Council Chambers.

A fair housing complaint can be filed with in person with the City’s Fair Housing Practices Commission or may be filed on-line by visiting HUD’s website, www.hud.gov and selecting “fair housing”, and by visiting the OCRC’s website, www.crc.ohio.gov and selecting “charge forms”.

 

 

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.

 

Forms and Publications

Additional documents can be obtained by visiting the download section and selecting the appropriate item.

The Steubenville Planning and Community Development Office may be contacted at:

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

 

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