Planning & Zoning

Planning and Zoning Department
Whether you’re a developer, business owner or resident, our goal is to provide helpful information about our department. The Planning and Zoning Department works closely with other Village Staff, the Village Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Bailey Klimchak
Village Planner (740) 967-3177 ext. 6

Jim Blair
Zoning Inspector (740) 967-3177 ext. 2




The Village Manager and Zoning Inspector are charged with enforcing the Planning and Zoning Code of the Codified Ordinances of Johnstown. There are many processes that are administered through the Planning and Zoning  Department. These processes include: residential subdivision review; commercial development review; zoning certificate review for new home construction, sidewalks, signs, fencing, and pools as well as providing staff assistance to the Planning and Zoning Commission for variances, home occupations, conditional uses, and plat approval.

Planning and Zoning Commission
The Planning and Zoning Commission shall have the power and duty to hear applications for land use, zoning classifications or districts and, as merited, to submit written recommendations for legislative action or to render final determinations for administrative action; to initiate, review and recommend legislation, rules and regulations on all matters of municipal planning, land use, and zoning classification; and to exercise such other powers, duties and functions as provided by Council.

Zoning Code
The Village of Johnstown adopted a Zoning Code in 1973. The Code was designed for the protection and safety of Village property owners. It also established particular areas of town for business, industry and residential uses.

Comprehensive Plan
2019 Comprehensive Plan

At the beginning of the year, the Village decided it was time to once more update the Strategic Plan. An up to date plan helps the Village establish a vision for the future, address community challenges and support future projects. Working with Burton Planning Services and members of the public, the Village of Johnstown Comprehensive Plan was written. The Village Comprehensive Plan will act as a toolbox for Village administrators and decision makers as the community continues to grow.

The Johnstown community was instrumental in the writing of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan. Many residents, business owners and others attended three public engagement sessions held by the Village. At these meetings, members of the public were encouraged to share their ideas and goals for the future of the community as well as current challenges Johnstown needs to address. A steering committee was also formed with fourteen members of the Johnstown community. The steering committee was able to delve deeply into all parts of the plan to ensure that it was addressing the needs of the Village.

Johnstown Comprehensive Plan Draft  (To replace Strategic Plan)

All members of the public are welcome to share their comments at either meeting.

Strategic Plan 2012 update
Strategic Plan 2006
Village Ordinances
Zoning Map 2017

Building Applications 
All residential and commercial construction projects within the Village of Johnstown limits will be inspected by the Licking County Building Code Department. We recommend that you check with the County before you begin construction to see if you need a permit for the construction