The Albany Zoning Code is a comprehensive set of regulations upon the use of land within the Village. The intent is to promote the public health, safety, and comfort of the residents of the Village and to conserve and protect property and property values and to secure the most appropriate use of land in accordance with the Albany Comprehensive Plan. It is executed by:
dividing the village into various use districts,
adopting an official Zoning District Map.
imposing regulations as to the use of land, the location, height and bulk of buildings and other structures,
establishing off-street parking requirements,
creating the position of Village Zoning Administrator and granting that person certain powers,
providing for Zoning Certificates, Conditional Use Permits, and Zoning Variances,
creating a Village Board of Zoning Appeals and granting to it certain powers,
providing for a system to Amend the Code,
a procedure to enforce its provisions, and
providing for Penalties and Remedies for violation of the code,
The Zoning Code is not in place to stop you from using your land. The Zoning Code is a tool to encourage the economic development of the Village, to protect the property rights of all individuals by assuring the compatibility of uses and practices within districts.
The Zoning Code can be viewed online in the Albany Code Library by using the link below. It is highly recommended that you contact the Albany Village Administrator prior to the start of any building project or change of use of a property.
Change of Use.
If a property-owner should want to change the zoning district that a parcel is located in to possibly allow a different use, this process begins with a Petition for Zoning Code Amendment. This process can take up to ninety (90) days to complete. Contact the Albany Village Administrator for an application and assistance with your project.
The BZA meets on an as-needed basis. All meetings and Hearings are open to the public with dates posted in advance as set forth in the Ohio Revised Code. Meeting and Hearing dates can also be found on the Village Calendar here.
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is judiciary in nature with the authority to hear and decide variance, conditional use permit, and administrative appeal applications.
The BZA operates under the authority of Ohio Revised Code Section 713.11. The members deliberate on their decisions after all the evidence on each case is presented in a public hearing. The BZA’s decision is final and appealable only to the Athens County Court of Common Pleas.
The Albany Board of Zoning Appeals was created to interpret the provisions of the Zoning Code and to hear the following:
All requests for variance from the Zoning Code.
All requests for a Conditional Use Permit.
All administrative appeals of Zoning related findings.