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Community Development Director:
Barbara Dulworth, AICP
201 W. Poplar St.
Sidney, OH 45365

Phone: (937)498-8131
Fax: (937)498-8119

The framework for long-term planning is the comprehensive plan, Imagine Sidney 2025, which provides guidance for development over the next 10 – 20 years. Sidney is constantly shaping its future through the daily decision-making process, but the community also needs to periodically examine itself from a wider perspective. This wider perspective is the function of the comprehensive plan.

DRAFT Vacant Property Registration ordinance availalbe for pubic review and comment

The City of Sidney is faced with an overwhelming number of vacant properties, which are, first and foremost a life-safety concern for police and fire personnel, as well as surrounding properties. Without occupancy and proper maintenance, vacant properties deteriorate at a much faster rate. than occupied buildings. This deterioration has negative effects on surrounding properties and neighborhoods, such as trespassing, arson, loitering and vagrancy. The City is proposing regulations requiring these properties to be registered so their conditions can be inspected and monitored, while ensuring the owners meet the minimum standards of maintenance, and understand the obligations of ownership in the City of Sidney.

If you wish to review the DRAFT ordinance (revision 7/9/18), it is available here . Feel free to E-mail any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns to Kyle Havenar, Vacant Property Inspector, at or 937-498-8101.

Community Development Department

The Community Development Department is responsible for all long and short-term physical planning functions for the City. Short-term planning involves review of new development and redevelopment of office, commercial, residential, and industrial projects to ensure that they meet Zoning Code requirements. Activities also include the review of signs (both permanent and temporary), fences and occupancy permits and other types of applications, such as variance requests and conditional use permits. The Department is also responsible for ensuring that existing development remains compliant with the Zoning Code.

The Community Services Department accepts and processes zoning and subdivision (plat) applications and provides technical guidance to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Commission, and the City Council. The Department is also responsible for the administration of various state and federal grant programs as well as conducting special studies including census and demographic data, and revisions to development codes.

Along with Planning and Zoning, the Community Services Director is responsible for Building Inspection and Code Enforcement.



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