Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a commission required by Gahanna City Charter. Planning Commission evaluates and acts on plans, maps and applications for changes to the physical characteristics of Gahanna and advises City Council about issues concerning the preparation of plans and maps for the future physical development and harmonious improvements of the city. In cases dealing with zoning changes, amendments or alterations, Planning Commission acts in an advisory role by submitting a recommendation to City Council on the proper course of action.

The Planning Commission approves the following applications:

  • Final Development Plan
  • Preliminary Plat
  • Conditional Use Permit
  • Design Review
  • Home Occupancy Permit
  • Variance
  • Flood Plain Use
  • Subdivision Without Plat
  • Vacate
  • Personal Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (Cell Towers)
The Planning Commission makes a recommendation to Council for the following types of applications:
  • Final Plat
  • Zoning Change
  • Study
  • Code Change


Applications are available on the Zoning webpage

Planning Commission meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers for regular meetings. The meetings change to the 1st & 3rd Wednesday for the months of November & December due to holidays.

Applications appearing on an agenda are available online by clicking here. You may also come in during normal business hours to review an application or call the Council office at 342-4090 if there is a question.

Regular Meeting
Regular meetings of the Planning Commission are structured, formal meetings where proponents and opponents of applications are afforded the opportunity to speak for limited amounts of time. See Planning Commission Rules of Procedure for details. Any final action on an application takes place at regular meetings. Agendas & minutes for meetings are posted online.

Workshop Meeting
Workshop meetings are intended to be informal discussions of applications. Members of the public do not always have the opportunity to speak at these meetings, although residents are welcome to attend. It is left to the discretion of the Chair. No formal action is taken at any workshop meeting.

All meetings of the Gahanna Planning Commission are open to the public.

Planning Commission is comprised of seven members, with 3 members appointed by the Mayor and 4 members appointed by Council.  Members serve staggered 3 year terms.  Current members are:

  • Kristin Rosan
  • Don Shepherd
  • David Andrews
  • Joseph Keehner
  • Jennifer T. Price
  • Tom Wester 
  • Bobbie Burba
If you would like to contact the Planning Commission send an email to or call the Council Office at (614) 342-4090.

Planning and Zoning staff is available to assist applicants through the application process. Please contact our Planning & Zoning Administrator Bonnie Gard at if you are interested in submitting an application.

Additional Information
Legislative Website - Agendas, Minutes & Applications Planning Commission Rules of Procedure (PDF)