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Cuyahoga County Land Development Regulations

County Land Development Regulations Applications

According to Section 711.10 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission has the authority to adopt regulations and procedures governing proposed divisions of land in the unincorporated areas of the county and to review and approve, to approve with conditions, or to disapprove the proposed layouts of new subdivisions of land, based on their compliance with the adopted regulations.

Subdivision Regulations Updated

On November 8, 2007, the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (CPC) adopted amendments to the Subdivision Platting Rules for the Unincorporated Areas of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which include Olmsted Township and Chagrin Falls Township. A comprehensive update was done in order to incorporate recent changes to the Ohio Revised Code, be in compliance with the requirements of Cuyahoga County's Phase II National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System permit, and clarify procedures for preliminary plans and final plats for major subdivisions and submission requirements for minor subdivisions.

As a component of the updated County Subdivision Regulations, the Cuyahoga County Board of County Commissioners adopted Water Management and Sediment Control Regulations on October 18, 2007. These regulations, effective November 18, 2007, apply to subdivision activities in the unincorporated areas of the county. The Cuyahoga County Engineer's office administers these regulations along with the adopted Minimum Standards for Township Subdivision Streets. The Cuyahoga County Sanitary Engineering Division administers the Uniform Standards for Sewage Improvements as part of its review of proposed subdivision improvements.


The Cuyahoga County Subdivision Regulations were established in 1941. Since that time, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission staff, as well as staff from other county agencies that review development plans, have used these regulations as a basis on which to make decisions about development in the unincorporated areas of Cuyahoga County.

During the late 1990s, multiple agencies as well as Olmsted Township representatives did extensive work to draft revised and updated Subdivision Regulations.

A Task Force headed by the CPC, including the Cuyahoga County Engineer's and Sanitary Engineer's office, County Prosecutor's office and the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District was established in 2004 and began inter-county discussions about needed revisions to the Subdivision Regulations and the requirements to adopt stormwater, erosion and sediment control, post construction water quality runoff and riparian and wetland setbacks.

The Task Force created a cohesive set of draft Land Development Regulations and distributed them to the Olmsted Township Trustees and Chagrin Falls Township Trustees, other township representatives, as well as developers and engineers who had projects pending in Olmsted Township. All comments and concerns were addressed in the newly adopted regulations.

The County is committed to establishing regulations and review procedures that are fair and equitable to both private property owners and the community. In addition, it is our goal to integrate any new county requirements with the development review and inspection process at the township level.