Land Use & Regulatory Controls in Allen County
In order to further local development, the Commission assists member political subdivisions in monitoring, reviewing and approving development activities within Allen County while helping to establish regulatory controls to minimize any adverse environmental and/or economic effects of development. The LACRPC assists member governments in the development and administration of subdivision regulations, stormwater regulations, local zoning ordinances and floodplain management regulations. The Commission has a collaborative relationship with other local agencies involved in the development process including the Allen County Health Department and the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for administering the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The LACRPC has been delegated the responsibility to manage any development within the floodplains located in the unincorporated areas of Allen County.
FEMA is currently undergoing a nationwide effort to modernize and improve the existing flood hazard maps. After years of study and delay, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has finalized the Flood Insurance Study (FIS), identifying those Allen County areas subject to flooding. A multi-year effort to modernize the identification of the community's floodplains has finally come full circle with the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). Becoming effective on May 2, 2013, FEMA's Flood Map Modernization Program has delivered new computer mapping software that is more user friendly and understandable, with increased accessibility 24 hours per day. The map modernization process resulted in changes to the flood hazard maps, which now entail some 15,833 acres countywide, affecting local businesses and property owners alike.
The newly approved/adopted Allen County Floodplain Management Regulations became effective on May 2, 2013. The document is available by clicking the link above or at the LACRPC offices located at 130 W. North Street, Lima, OH. Please call the Commission at 419-228-1836 with any questions or for assistance.
Since its inception, the Commission has provided technical assistance in the preparation, interpretation, and enactment of zoning resolutions to the unincorporated political subdivisions within Allen County as required under Section 519 of the Ohio Revised Code. The LACRPC assists member political subdivisions in the review, development, and revision of zoning regulations to ensure that development occurs in an orderly and measurable manner.
The LACRPC is the agency responsible for facilitating the major and minor subdivision processes within the unincorporated areas of Allen County. The purpose of providing and administering such regulatory processes is to provide for the harmonious development of Allen County by:
- furthering the orderly configuration and use of land according to its capability and suitability;
- facilitating the adequate provision for transportation, water, sewage, drainage, schools, parks, playgrounds, and other public requirements; and
- accommodating the further subdivision of tracts into smaller parcels of land.
Exterior Property Maintenance Code
Responding to concerns stemming from dilapidated homes, over grown yards, and a lack of general maintenance, Commission members worked with local code enforcement personnel to develop a model Exterior Property Maintenance Code to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare as it pertains to premises and buildings used for residential, commercial, and industrial purposes. The regulations establish minimum standards for maintaining residential, commercial, and industrial properties to preserve the quality and achieve the presentable appearance of existing structures and premises. The Code works to minimize the blighting effects of substandard maintenance and negative impacts on the value of surrounding properties as well as eliminating hazardous conditions. Adoption of such regulations remains under consideration.
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