Community Development

Major Responsibilities

To provide direction in comprehensive planning for residential and economic development, and for the future growth of Zanesville; to research funding sources that can provide financial assistance to help implement the City’s comprehensive planning efforts whether initiated by Community Development or other departments.

Standard Services Provided
Comprehensive planning; administration of the City’s Zoning Code; Assistance to four City Planning boards (Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Design Review Board and Downtown Design Review Board) and the Shade Tree committee; administer City’s Community Development Block Grant Program, CDBG funded housing rehabilitation program, CDBG funded Revolving Loan Fund program for economic development within the City’s limits.

Areas of Services Not Generally Known
GIS (geographic information system) computer planning; city maps and neighborhood mapping; computer database development; neighborhood planning with community groups.


Comprehensive Plan – (Adopted 11/28/2016 Ord. 16-110)

Technical Assistance to Brownfields



Our Staff

Jay D Bennett, Director                                                                                  Mendi Farnsworth, Administrative Secretary

City Hall – Second Floor – Room 232                                                     City Hall – Second Floor – Room 204
740-617-4910                                                                                                    740-617-4909

Email: jay.bennett@coz.org                                                                        Email: mendi.farnsworth@coz.org


Bill Arnett, Planning/Zoning Administrator                                      Carly Campbell, Redevelopment Administrator

City Hall – Second Floor – Room 208                                                    City Hall – Second Floor – Room 203
740-617-4879                                                                                                   740-617-4880

Email: zoning@coz.org                                                                                 Email: carly.campbell@coz.org


Matt Schley, Associate Planner 

City Hall – Second Floor – Room 208


Email: matthew.schley@coz.org  


401 Market Street
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed holidays)





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