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27700 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake, OH 44145
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Planning & Economic Development Department
27700 Hilliard Boulevard
Westlake, OH 44145
Phone: 440.617.4305
Fax: 440.617.4324

The Planning and Economic Development Department administers plans and programs for the orderly development of the city of Westlake. Planning oversees the development and updating of the city’s guide plan, planning and platting code, and zoning code. The department reviews all development plans and land subdivisions to determine compliance with the city’s codes for zoning, development and signs, and reviews construction plans and inspects completed projects to determine their compliance with approved development plans and zoning codes.
The Economic Development Department coordinates activities for the recruitment and retention of businesses. Responsibilities include managing the city's business incentive programs, assisting business prospects and serves as the city's liaison the existing business community

Planning & Economic Development Department Staff

James Bedell, AICP

Clerk of Commissions
Nicolette Sackman, MMC, OCSA


Assistant Director
William R. Krause, AICP

Economic Development Manager
Michelle Boczek

Planning and Economic Development Department Responsibilities
  • Consulting with prospective applicants, residents, developers and property owners
  • Administering the platting and planning code, the zoning code and the sign ordinance
  • Providing staff support to the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Board of Building appeals by reviewing applications, preparing agendas, legal notices and meeting minutes and notifying affected property owners
  • Administering the design guidelines and the storefront and sign criteria for Crocker Park
  • Administration and implementation of plans and programs for the comprehensive and orderly development of the city including update Guide Plan and special studies. The latest Guide Plan element is the Westlake Citywide Bike Plan (Final Draft 2/2012).

The Econonmic Development Department administers the city’s economic development programs including the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA), Job Creation Grant, and  provides staff support for the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) and Tax Incentive Review Council (TIRC). In addition, the department administers the city’s participation in the Cuyahoga County Treasurer's Housing Enhancement Loan Program (HELP) and Cuyahoga County Starefornt Grant Program.

When it comes to keeping Westlake beautiful, the Planning Department oversees the city’s participation in the local competition Westlake in Bloom. The department also is responsible for the annual publication of the Westlake Magazine.


Fact Sheets

The Planning Department also prepares and updates fact sheets on the following topics.


If you are planning on making any changes to your property or other property in Westlake, please be sure to complete the proper forms:

Application Forms:

  • Click here
  • Maps:

    Business Information:

    Crocker Park Design Guidelines:

      Economic Development Programs and Applications:

      Cuyahoga County Storefront Renovation Rebate Program:

    • Information
    • Application
    • CRA Program:

    • Application
    • Job Grant:

    • Application


    Review Process Brochures

    The following documents provide you with important information about items relevant to working and living in Westlake.


    Planning Commission Meeting Minutes

    To view a list of available 2014 Planning Commission minutes, click here.
    To view archived minutes from 2013 and 2012 meeting agendas, click here.


    Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Minutes

    To view a list of available 2014 Board of Zoning Appeals minutes, click here.
    To view archived minutes from 2013 and 2012 meeting agendas, click here.