Economic Development

Community Development

Bridget Susel, Director                                     

930 Overholt Road  

PO Box 5192                                               
Kent, OH 44240                                                                                                                      

Phone:  330-678-8108                                    

Fax:      330-678-8030                                                



The Community Development Team is involved with a number of activities that impact the overall development of Kent.  These activities include Development Review, Historic Preservation, Neighborhood Development, Community Development Block Grant administration, Economic Development Assistance, Zoning and Building Permit Approvals,  administration and enforcement of the City's Zoning and Subdivision Codes.

The Community Development Team is here to provide a one-stop-answer to all of your development project questions, regardless of size.

The Planning and Zoning Division implements Community Development Block Grants for various community needs within the City.  Some of these funds are used to implement  an Owner Occupied Housing Program.  Questions concerning these programs should be referred to Bridget Susel, Director of Community Development.

Heather Heckman, Development Planner, can answer questions about zoning regulations and zoning permit approval.  Heather is the staff liaison to the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Architectural Advisory Review Board. 

Development engineering and stormwater questions can be answered by Jennifer Barone, Development Engineer.  Jennifer provides staff assistance to the Planning Commission.

The Planning and Zoning Division of the Community Development Department provides staff support to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Sustainability Commission, Architectural Review Board and the Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council.

Help Desk

As part of the Community Development Department’s One-Stop-Permitting-Shop, the department offers a Help Desk every morning from 8:00 am – 9:00 am.  You can apply for and receive your building permit within one hour, depending on the size of your project. 

BUILDING SERVICES                                            ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


Fair Housing and Tenant-Landlord Counseling
Fair Housing inquires can be directed to Fair Housing Contact Service, Inc. (FHCS) at (330) 376-6191, or toll free at 1-877-376-6191. Any inquires related to tenant-landlord counseling can be directed to FHCS at (330) 376-0359. Additionally, many resources on housing discrimination, renter's rights, and housing counseling can be on the FHCS website at


The City of Kent contracts with Fair Housing Contact Services for the provision of Fair Housing Services, any questions can be directed to Dan Morganti in the City's Community Development Department at (330) 678-8108.

Do you know your fair housing rights?




Ohio Historic Preservation 2018 Update

The City of Kent's Community Development Department is required to complete an environmental review of all activities that are assisted with state and/or federal funding. A part of this environmental review includes sending information about the activity to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) if the activity involves a structure that is 50 years of age or older.

The City has a programmatic agreement with the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) which identifies certain activities that are exempt from OHPO review. For activities that are considered exempt, the City compiles a list each year and makes it available to the public through the City's website.

To view the 2018 list of exempt activities, click HERE