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Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development

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The City of Powell Development Department regularly seeks out new, innovative and creative projects that will benefit the Powell area while adding variety to our growing community. City leaders have also been diligently revitalizing the downtown district, working to preserve its historic heritage while maximizing its best assets. Several of Powell's outlying areas are also seeing growth with an exciting variety of favorite regional companies and national retail establishments.

The City of Powell is a vibrant community of almost 12,000 residents, located just to the northwest of Columbus - the state capital and largest city in Ohio. With access to I-270, SR 315 and U.S. 23, you will find traveling to downtown Columbus, The Ohio State University or Port Columbus International Airport to be a short, and convenient drive.

The City of Powell is enjoying consistent growth, as small to medium companies are selecting Powell as the best location for their future growth. A unique entrepreneurial spirit is prevalent here. The City of Powell is working with existing and new businesses to maximize their opportunities for success through a variety of programs and strategies.

Whether you're just starting out or looking at expansion or relocation plans for your company, we welcome you to discover why Powell is a great place to for your company to call home.

Current Development Department Proposals

Planning Review & Application Procedures

The Development Department accepts submissions, reviews applications, and provides recommendations to the appointed boards listed below.

The type of application and board review depends on the location and type of work being done. Please consult the Development Department before submitting any applications.

Use the links below to get more information about each board, their application procedures and a list of current proposals being reviewed by each board.

Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z)

Historic Downtown Advisory Commission (HDAC)

Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)

Board and Commission Meeting Schedule and Submission Deadlines


The current zoning code will provide you with the regulations related to many projects, such as installing a fence, adding on to your home or business, installing a sign or constructing a new business. The zoning map is continually updated on this web site in order for you to stay on top of the current zoning as it relates to property within Powell.

Please contact the Development Department for information on zoning within the City.

Economic Development

The Powell Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) corporation on Feb. 16, 2010, as allowed by the Ohio Revised Code. The purpose of the Powell CIC is to promote the industrial, commercial, distribution and research development within the City of Powell that will improve the normal growth, employment opportunities and stability of employment within these sectors. The CIC also works to advance the industrial and commercial life of the community and to stabilize the general economy of the area; to develop methods for or to assist in the development of methods to further enhance these purposes; and to furnish assistance to projects and undertakings concerning these purposes.

To learn more about the CIC, click here.

Development Department Staff

David Betz      
David Betz, AICP
Director of Development
614.885.5380, ext. 1033
  Rocky Kambo, AICP, GISP
GIS Planner
614.885.5380, ext. 1031
  Evan Mulcahy
Zoning Inspector
614.885.5380, ext. 1035

Reference Materials


City of Powell Comprehensive Plan
City of Powell Comprehensive Plan Map
City of Powell Zoning Code
City of Powell Architectural Guidelines
City Sign Code Brochure
City of Powell/Ohio State University Sustainability Study
Downtown Revitalization Plan
Pedestrian Scale Design Guidelines


Interactive Boundary Map - Use it to check if you are within the city limits.

Interactive Zoning Map - Use it to check zoning within Powell.
Zoning Map (2015)

Interactive Subdivision Map - Use it to check subdivisions within Powell.
Subdivision Map (2015)

Interactive Land Use Map - Shows current use of land.
Land Use Map (2014)

Interactive Snow Routes Map - Outlines snow clearing routes by priority.

Interactive Bike Path Map - Use it to see the bike paths in the city.

Street Map (2011)

Supporting Links:

City of Powell Demographics
Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce
Historic Downtown Powell Inc.
Ohio Development Services Agency
Olentangy Local School District