Economic Development

Community Development

Bridget Susel, Director                             DRAFT FIVE-YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN

930 Overholt Road  

PO Box 5192                                                   PART 1                                     PART 2
Kent, OH 44240                                                                                                                      

Phone:  330-678-8108                             COMPREHENSIVE ZONING CODE REVIEW        

Fax:      330-678-8030                                                  ZONING MAP 


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 Phile, 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