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Planning & Zoning

Planning & Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning Commission is composed of seven Hilliard citizens who serve four-year terms. P&Z advises on land use, planning issues, and proposed zoning code amendments. It also reviews zoning requests, conditional use requests, plats, development plans, and requests for sign variances.

Members

P&Z member since 2024

Term ends December 2027

Background

Italiano is a 25-year resident of Hilliard with more than 30 years of residential and commercial construction experience in Hilliard, Central Ohio, and nationally. Before moving to Hilliard, he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University and started his career as officer in the United States Army, serving in both the continental United States and Europe.

Hilliard community service

Italiano is a board member of the Hilliard Church of the Nazarene and is involved in community outreach programs for children, adults, and families. He is very active in the Hilliard City Schools parent support programs in education, sports, and the performing arts at Brown Elementary, Memorial and Heritage middle schools, and Darby and Bradley high schools.

Personal

He and his wife, Krysten, have three children and have lived in the Hilliard Community for more than 25 years. Their oldest son, Eliot, graduated from Hilliard Darby High School. Their twins, Sofia and Vincent, graduated from Hilliard Bradley High School in 2024.

P&Z Member since 2024

P&Z member since 2024

Term ends December 2027

Background

Moog graduated from Miami University with degrees in marketing and personnel management. He moved to Hilliard after college and began a sales career in telecommunications. He currently works for AT&T as an account manager, working within a sales team supporting a base of international business accounts.

Hilliard community service

Moog has been a member of the Rotary Club of Hilliard for more than 20 years. He has served as president, vice president, board member, club grants chair, and events chair. He received Rotarian of the Year in 2003 and 2009.

He served on the Hilliard Education Foundation board for eight years and held positions of president, vice president, grants chair, and fundraising chair. In 2020, he was presented with the Foundation Star, which honors a former board member for exemplary service and dedication and commitment to furthering the mission of the foundation – and, hence, the school system.

He has also volunteered at the Hilliard Food Pantry, Hilliard City Schools, First Community Church, and Hilliard Ohio Soccer Association.

Personal

Moog and his wife, Jane, moved to Hilliard in 1988. They have two grown children.

P&Z member since 2024

Term ends December 2028

Background

Papsidero has a nearly 40-year career in the field of city and regional planning, having worked as both a public planner and a planning consultant. His most recent positions included the City of Dublin’s planning director, City of Columbus’ planning administrator, and City of Delaware’s planning director. At Columbus, he was very involved with the planning of the Darby Watershed. While retired from public service, he currently works on a part-time basis for Planning NEXT.

Early in his career, he was a planner at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, where he was a contract planner for the City of Hilliard, involved with completing the comprehensive plan, assisting with rezonings and code updates. He has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Georgia.

Hilliard community service

This is Papsidero’s first community service role with Hilliard.

P&Z member since 2024

Term ends December 2027

Background

Saunders has been an attorney for 30 years, practicing in government and corporate areas. He attended The Ohio State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business accounting, an MBA, and juris doctorate degrees.

Hilliard community service

He previously served Hilliard government on the Board of Zoning Appeals for approximately 13 years, most of that as president. In the past, he has also been an officer of his homeowners association and coached in HOSA soccer and Optimist football.

Personal

He and his wife, Jaqueline Saunders, have two adult children, both of whom are graduates of Hilliard Darby High School.

P&Z member since 2020

Term ends December 2027

Background

Schneck has experience working at various levels of government. After several years working at the Ohio Statehouse and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, he transitioned to his current role at the Ohio Municipal League, which represents the interests of Ohio’s cities and villages to the state government. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University in journalism and political science.

Hilliard community service

In addition to his role on the Planning and Zoning Commission, he volunteers his time as one of the founding board members for Keep Hilliard Beautiful. He stays involved through the Hilliard Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Hilliard Ohio Historical Society, and other various activities.

Emily Cole began serving her first elected term on City Council in January 2024.

Emily’s work and dedication to building stronger Ohio communities has distinguished her among her peers and set an example across the state for community-driven leadership. She advanced health equity at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, improved the key drivers of community health through the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center, and brought needed resources into local communities to improve healthcare access by consulting with community health centers.

In 2021, Emily co-founded and has served as Executive Director of Ohio Families Unite for Political Action and Change (OFUPAC), a 501(c)4 that gives a voice to families impacted by police violence. She also works with OFUPAC’s sister organization, Ohio Families Unite Against Police Brutality (OFUAPB), to build Ohio communities where families come first, before politics, to thrive.

Emily is a frequent speaker at the Ohio State Legislature, where she has given important testimony on a wide array of issues that affect all Ohioans, including protecting voting rights access, advocating for safe communities, and standing us all to be seen and valued for our full humanity.

She volunteers with Hilliard’s Cub Scouts Pack 672, serves on the Planning Committee for Hilliard Pride, volunteers at Avery Elementary School, and is a member of the Hilliard United Methodist Church.

Emily has a master’s degree in public administration from The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs and bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

She and her husband, Wade, have two children, August and Levi. They have lived in Hilliard since 2015, settling in Old Hilliard in 2018.

Meetings

P&Z meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way. Agendas are available online. For information regarding agendas or special accommodations, call 614-334-2444 or email us.

Staff is available to assist applicants during every phase of the application process. Applicants are encouraged to schedule a pre-submittal meeting, where applicants and Planning Division staff can address initial application concerns. For inquiries or to schedule a meeting call 614-334-2444 or email us.

Powers and Responsibilities

P&Z has and may exercise all powers and duties conferred upon City planning commissions by state law, as well as such other powers and duties as may be conferred upon it by ordinance.

Among its powers and duties conferred in the City Charter, P&Z:

  • Reviews and recommends to City Council for approval:
    (a) A comprehensive community (master) plan, as often as necessary, but no less frequently than every 10 years after approval of the prior master plan by City Council;
    (b) A subdivision platting ordinance, which shall include minimum lot sizes and building sites;
    (c) An official City map;
    (d) A zoning plan and ordinance, which may include such requirements for parks, recreation areas, and traffic and utility provisions as may be deemed necessary for the promotion of the public health, safety, and general welfare; and
    (e) Such changes to the aforementioned plans and ordinances as may be deemed necessary for the promotion of the public health, safety, and general welfare.
  • Approves preliminary plats and final plats that conform to the subdivision platting ordinance, provided that such plats shall be subject to review, modification, and re-approval of those plats or portions thereof on which construction has not been started within two (2) years after the next preceding approval.
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