Planning & Development | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Planning & Development


The city of Lakewood’s Department of Planning and Development coordinates long-range planning, zoning, and economic development for the city, in addition to administering the federal Community Development Block Grant Funds awarded to Lakewood by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The department works directly with the Lakewood Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Board of Building Standards/Architectural Board of Review and Sign Review Board, the Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board, Loan Approval Board, Public Art Advisory Board, and the Citizens Advisory Committee.  Additional information on each of the department priorities can be found at the links below.  

Economic Development 

The city works with commercial developers and businesses to invest in retaining and creating jobs in Lakewood.  Click here for more information on building a business in Lakewood.  

Planning and Zoning 

The department’s work is based on long range planning studies, the Community Vision, and the city’s zoning code.  Click here to access these guidance documents. 

Current Projects and Programs 

The department leads many projects for the city and coordinates with developers on major projects.  Check here for updates on what is happening. 

Boards and Commissions 

Resident volunteers review and approve project applications at public meetings.  Click here for more information on our Boards and Commissions, including application instructions. 

Community Development 

The Division of Community Development offers programs to help residents and businesses maintain property values and improve the appearance of our community.  Click here to learn more about the support available, including our affordable housing strategy and storefront renovation grant. 

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Wed 08

Loan Approval Board Meeting

February 8 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Thu 16

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu 23

Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board Meeting

February 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue 28

ADA Transition Plan Task Force (ADATPTF) Meeting

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm