Zoning Code Update

The City is working with ZoneCo to update the Zoning Code, which was originally adopted in 1975 with text amendments over the years as needed.  It has been a priority of the City to update the Zoning Code based on recommendations of recent City planning documents (the Future Land Use Plan and Community Action Plan (PDF)) and to implement community goals. 

Proposed Timeline for the Zoning Code Review

June 1 – Administrative Draft of the Zoning Code introduced in its entirety to the public during the Planning Commission meeting

June 1 through July 1:  Public comments submitted on-line on each Article or the proposed Zoning Map below (which are then provided to Planning Commission and City Council weekly).  Public comments acceptance on-line ends on July 1. However, there will still be work sessions and public hearings for further opportunities for public input.

July 6:  Planning Commission holds work session to discuss the Administrative Draft of the Zoning Code and any public comments received thus far.  Public comments will also be welcomed at the meeting.  This meeting will be Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00 PM at City Council Chamber, 304 North Church Street.  This meeting will also be live streamed on the City's YouTube Channel.

August 3:  Planning Commission reviews edits, has further discussion, an additional opportunity for public input, and schedules a public hearing to review the Draft Zoning Code with any additional edits for their September meeting.

September 7:  Planning Commission holds a public hearing on the Zoning Code/Zoning Map, then makes a recommendation to City Council.

October:  City Council reviews the Draft Zoning Code and recommendations from Planning Commission of potential edits, which likely would be a work session of the Committee of the Whole.

November/December:  City Council continues their review and editing of the Draft Zoning Code, the scheduling of a public hearing, moving toward adoption of a new Zoning Code/Zoning Map.  

*This schedule is subject to change and will be edited as any changes are known after Planning Commission meetings.  

Past Presentations

ZoneCo held their first presentation to introduce the proposed new Districts and Zones on October 11, 2021.  ZoneCo held their second presentation to introduce uses and definitions on February 16, 2022.  City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning of Appeals and members of the public were invited to the presentation at the Veteran’s Building in City Park.  

The most recent presentation was held on June 1, 2022.  ZoneCo reviewed the remaining proposed sections of the new Zoning Code.  City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning of Appeals and members of the public were invited to the presentation at the Simpson Building in Simpson Garden Park.  This meeting was not livestreamed or recorded, since this building does not have the technology to do so.  Follow the links below to all presentations:

Zoning Code Update - June 1 Presentation (PDF)

Zoning Code Update - February 16 Presentation (PDF)
Zoning Code Update - Video of February 16 Presentation (YouTube)

Zoning Code Update - October 11 Presentation
Zoning Code Update - Video of October 11 Presentation (YouTube)

Please contact the Planning Department with any questions at (419) 354-6218 or by Email.

Please note the visuals and proposed districts throughout presentations, including the zoning map, are conceptual ideas from the consultants and are fluid subject to public input and comment.  A public review draft ordinance will be released by sections for public review and input.

Draft Code

The draft Zoning Code Articles and the proposed Zoning Map are listed below.  The public can type in comments under each Article and/or Map by clicking the link “Public Comment Form".  On-line comments will be accepted until July 1, 2022. Comments are forwarded to City Council, Planning Commission, ZoneCo and the Planning Department:  

DRAFT Bowling Green Zoning Code - June 1, 2022 (PDF)


ARTICLE I: Introduction To Using This Code (PDF)
Public Comment Form: Article I: Introduction To Using This Code

ARTICLE II: District and Zone Regulations (PDF)
Public Comment Form: Article II: District and Zone Regulations

Public Comment Form: Article III: Uses

ARTICLE IV: Generally Applicable Standards (PDF)
Public Comment Form: Generally Applicable Standards

ARTICLE V: Nonconformities (PDF)
Public Comment Form: Article V: Nonconformities

ARTICLE VI: Administration and Procedures (PDF)
Public Comment Form: Article VI: Administration and Procedures

ARTICLE VII: Glossary of Terms (PDF)
Public Comment Form: Article VII: Glossary of Terms

Public Comment Form: Draft Zoning Map

Interactive Map

The City has also created an Interactive Map, so property owners can click on a property to see the current zoning and the proposed zoning classification.  Articles II and III can be reviewed to learn more about the proposed Districts and Zones, along with the proposed permitted and conditional uses, minimum lot sizes, minimum building setbacks, maximum heights, etc. 

Public Comments

Residents are encouraged to review slides and/or watch videos of past meetings and presentations, read through the drafts, participate in live meetings when able, and/or submit comments using the appropriate Zoning Code Update Public Comment Forms above.  On-line comments will be accepted until July 1, 2022.  Additional opportunities for public input will be available at meetings, as outlined under the proposed timeline above.