Engineering & Zoning

Engineering & Zoning

The Division of Engineering is located on the second floor of City Hall and is responsible for housing the vast majority of maps and infrastructure construction plans within the City. We maintain current city maps of all types, including zoning maps, flood zone maps, and ward & precinct maps. We also are involved with all aspects of the City’s infrastructure, from plan reviews by residential and commercial developers, plan design for our own projects, construction inspection, and project administration and record keeping. We work with nearly every City division to provide technical assistance on their projects or mapping needs.

The City Engineer’s office is the contact for all items related to the City of Newark Zoning Code and Flood Ordinance. In addition to zoning permits, the Division of Engineering also issues demolition, use of public right-of-way, and curb cuts or driveway permits.

City Hall Building 40 West Main Street, 2nd floor Newark OH, 43055

Main Engineering Phone: (740) 670-7727
Zoning Phone: (740) 670-7729

Office Hours: 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. 
Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays

Right of Way / Curb Cuts / Standard Drawings above the Zoning Information & Resources

Street Resurfacing

2022 Street Resurfacing Map and List
Below is the 2022 Street Resurfacing Map and List. This project entails 8.3 miles of paving with an overall budget of $1.7 Million. The project will be completed no later than the spring of 2023. Bids for the project will be accepted starting Monday, June 27 on the city’s bid express page

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission considers applications for land use, zoning classifications or districts and review and recommends legislation, rules and regulations on all matters of municipal planning, land use, and zoning classification. Learn More here

Zoning Code & Plan Approval

The Division of Zoning now has an online submittal process for Zoning, Sign, and Accessory Structure Permits. Please click on the appropriate link below

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals considers appeals for exceptions to and variances in the application of resolutions, ordinances, regulations, other legislative measures and administrative determinations governing zoning in the City. Learn more here.

Why Roundabouts?

SAFEST FORM OF INTERSECTION CONTROL AVAILABLE:

  • 35% Reduction in total crashes
  • 76% Reduction in injury crashes
  • 81% Reduction in fatal crashes
  • 30-40% Reduction in pedestrian crashes

Compared to signalized intersections, as published in NCHRP Report 572, Roundabouts in the United States, Transportation Research Board, 2007

WHY ARE THEY SAFER?

  • Severe crash types nearly eliminated (no head-on, angle, and left turn crashes)
  • Fewer conflict points (vehicles and pedestrians) (less conflict = less crash potential)
  • Vehicle speeds are reduced through geometry (slower speeds = decrease in crash severity)
  • Shorter pedestrian crossing widths (less time in street = less potential for crash)
  • No ability to speed up to “beat the light”
  • No red light running
  • No left turn crossing conflicts (with pedestrians and opposing traffic)
  • Driver’s attention is focused on the roadway, not up at traffic signals

EFFICIENT

  • Keep traffic moving
  • Shorter delays and queues
  • Signals are much less efficient during off-peak times (waiting at red light with no conflicting traffic)

COSTS

  • Cheaper than signals when planned with roadway reconstruction work and built within existing right-of-way
  • Signals have added monthly electrical bills
  • Signals have added maintenance costs (see below)

MAINTENANCE

  • Little maintenance required (landscaping and signage only)
  • Signals require annual inspections
  • Signals require equipment repairs and upgrades
  • Signals can malfunction and are subject to power outages

GREEN

  • Less air and noise pollution (less stop and start)
  • Less energy consumption (gas for cars and electricity from signals)
  • Landscaping opportunities

HOW TO DRIVE SINGLE LANE ROUNDABOUTS:

  • Yield to pedestrians at the entering crosswalk
  • Yield to traffic inside the roundabout (look left)
  • Yield to pedestrians at the exiting crosswalk

LICKING COUNTY BUILDING CODE

 Licking County Building Code Department is the agency responsible for the enforcement of residential and commercial building codes within the City of Newark. Please call 740-349-6671, or visit www.lcounty.com/BuildingCode for details.