Land Use & Regulation

The Commission assists political subdivisions in monitoring, reviewing, and approving developmental activities within Allen County. We strive to minimize any adverse environmental and/or economic effects of development by establishing regulatory controls. 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 development including the Allen County Public Health and the Allen Soil and Water Conservation District.

For management plans and regulations:

Access Management

Comprehensive Plans

Throughout municipalities of all sizes, comprehensive plans are utilized as the backbone for decision-making in a multitude of areas. Comprehensive plans, otherwise known as master plans, are tailored to a community’s vision for its future in order to guide long-term policies and coordinate projects appropriately. These plans are often the first step in securing funding streams from outside of the community and can be directly linked to millions of dollars in upgrades in our area. LACRPC is proud to be one of the only MPOs in the state writing comprehensive plans for its membership.


Zoning Regulations

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 in the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 519. The Commission will assist member political subdivisions in the review, development, and revision of zoning regulations to ensure that development occurs in an orderly and measurable manner. To further this goal, the Commission has a LAND DIVISION PROCESS BROCHURE (2023) to help understand the process of lot splits.

Zoning is enacted for the general purpose of promoting the public health, safety, comfort, and welfare of the residents of the township; protecting the property rights of all individuals by assuring the compatibility of uses and practices within districts; facilitating the provision of public utilities and public services; to lessen congestion on public streets, roads, and highways; to provide for the administration and enforcement of the zoning resolution, including the provision of penalties for its violation; and for any other purposes provided in the following resolutions, the Ohio Revised Code, or under common law rulings.