Planning Department

Cleveland Heights Zoning Code


The Department of Planning and Development is charged with the preservation and improvement of the city’s residential neighborhoods, commercial districts and public areas. The staff is focused on providing information, assistance and advice to the City Manager, City Council, citizens and business persons in all areas related to architectural and urban design, planning and zoning, economic and community development and historic preservation.

Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook Redevelopment Project

For more information about the Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook Redevelopment Project, including upcoming meetings and reviews, please visit the Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook project page

Meet the Planning Director

Following a successful afternoon “meet and greet” along Noble Road earlier this year, the Planning Director will be holding “meet and greets” in the Cedar Lee District the week of November 15, 2021 whereby anyone from the public can meet the Planning Director, learn about the City’s planning and zoning boards and commissions, and discuss general planning matters and the Cedar Lee Meadowbrook project specifically:

Rescheduled. Thursday, December 23,2021 - 6:00 pm at the Lee Road Library
This event has been cancelled.

  • Monday, November 15: 3:30 - 5:30 pm at the Lee Road Library, Room 'A'
  • Tuesday, November 16: 11 am - 1 pm on the Meadowbrook site (weather permitting) and 4 - 6 pm at CLE Winery
  • Wednesday, November 17: 11 am - 1 pm at the Wine Spot
  • Thursday, November 18: 3 - 7 pm at Zagara’s

Recent Amendments to the Zoning Code

At the November 1, 2021 Council meeting, Council adopted Ordinance No. 70-2021, Zoning Text Amendments to Part Eleven – Zoning Code of the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland Heights Regarding Private Parking Garages and Other Ancillary Changes. More information about the changes and the review and approval process appear below.

Zoning Code Amendment Process (see Chapter 1119 of the Zoning Code)

Introduction of amending ordinance to Council (Section 1119.02) – Completed on June 7, 2021.

  1. Referral to Planning Commission for consideration and recommendation. The Commission shall be allowed a reasonable time, not less than thirty (30) days, nor more than sixty (60) days for its consideration and recommendations (Section 1119.03) – Completed on June 7, 2021.
  2. Planning Commission consideration and recommendation at regularly-scheduled meeting or special meeting or workshop – all open to the public to watch (Section 1119.04) – Introduced on June 29, 2021; recommendation on August 19, 2021.
  3. Public hearing by Council, including appropriate noticing (Section 1119.05) - Held on November 1, 2021.
  4. Action by Council. After the public hearing Council shall either adopt or deny the recommendation of the Planning Commission (Section 1119.06) - Adopted on November 1, 2021.
  5. If Council grants its final approval to the amendment, the amendment becomes effective 30 days later - Effective immediately (November 1, 2021) since Ordinance was adopted as an emergency.


Historic Preservation Design Guidelines Project

This project was conducted to support the City of Cleveland Heights, the Architectural Board of Review and the Landmark Commission in their efforts to: preserve and protect buildings, sites, structures and objects which reflect the City’s history; stabilize and improve property values; enhance the character, diversity and interest of the City; foster civic pride; promote preservation; and, safeguard the property rights of the owners of Landmarks and property located in a Landmark District.

Visit the Historic Preservation Design Guidelines Webpage.

First Suburbs Single-Family Zoning Analysis Project 

The Single-Family Zoning Analysis is a project of the Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Land Bank and facilitated by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. More information can be found at