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Lake County Planning and Community Development

Lake County Planning and Community Developmen

There has been a whirlwind of change over the past few years and the recent increased activity level indicates that there will be more good projects coming along. All agree that it is certainly not dull at 125 E. Erie.

Make it a point to learn more about what this office has accomplished and how staff and other resources are available to continue to add value and benefit members of the whole community. A great starting point is the newly redesigned website of www.LakeCountyOhio.gov. Links to each county office are available from the home page, so look for Planning & Community Development.

The planning duties of the Planning & Community Development staff and the Planning Commission members are on the upswing in since late 2013 with receipt/processing of 7 major subdivisions, involvement with Concord Township’s Comprehensive Plan, implementation of grants such as Transportation for Livable Communities, Balanced Growth Initiative and now an update of Retail Trade Study. Inquiries from the public, developers and local elected officials and their staffs are increasingly abundant.

The pursuit and subsequent administration of multiple federal, state, regional and local grants is worthwhile for the community as a whole and for the staff involved. Allocations of the two mainstay federal grants from HUD, Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership Program continue to provide necessary funds to address identified community needs. The Lake County Consolidated Plan FY12-16 is the keystone of that funding stream. Constant and consistent implementation of the ConPlan is accomplished through the annual application process, performance review and reporting cycles. Keeping a watchful eye on the federal budget remains essential as the good work that is done for the community doesn’t happen without funds, community input and buy-in. The transition that created the office was accomplished in 2012 with the execution of an MOU between the Planning Commission that had operated for 57 years and the Board of County Commissioners. Staff and leadership adjustments have included: David Radachy getting the nod as Director after Jason Boyd left to become County Administrator, Rhea Benton joining the county as CDBG Manager and Program Manager Marian Norman, expanding the funding platform by attracting grants from the State of Ohio and Region V Continuum of Care. Office Administrator, Elaine Truesdell, and Administrative Assistant, Ann Myers, capture and help manage the flow of information and funds as projects are accomplished.

Reach out to us to see what we can do for you.   Contact us (440)350-2740 or planning@lakecountyohio.gov


The following is a non-exhaustive list of the varied relationships, services and activities   of this office: 


  • Board of Lake County Commissioners 
  • Planning Commission (8 appointees and the three Commissioners) 
  • NOACA (Northeast Ohio Area-wide Coordinating Agency 
  • Other governmental entities at the federal, state, regional, county & local levels. 
  • Development community 
  • Non-profit community 


  • Major & Minor Subdivisions Review
  • Assistance with Zoning & Land Use Planning
  • Land Use & Zoning Committee 
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Coastal Plans
  • Balanced Growth Initiative
  • Customized Mapping through Geographic Info System (GIS)
  • Demographic information from US Census and others
  • Public Officials Directory
  • Building Permit Data – including residential, commercial & industrial
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 1-yr / $1.2M
  • Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) 1-yr /$350K
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) 3-yr / $3.2 M
  • Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing (HPRP) 3-yr / $575K
  • Lake County Continuum of Care
  • Coalition for Housing & Support Services of Lake County, Inc.