Planning & Zoning

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.


  • Peggy Hale, City Council Representative
  • Jay Muether, Chair
  • Bevan Schneck, Vice-Chair
  • Chris Lewie
  • Tracey Nixon
  • Tom Pannett
  • William Uttley
  • Eric Gutknecht


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, and 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 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 which 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.