In 2020, the Villages of Centerburg, Fredericktown, and Gambier, Ohio, adopted separate strategic plans to help establish a vision for each of the village's future. In 2021, with assistance from the Knox County Area Development Foundation and Compass Point Planning, and funding by the Knox Foundation, these three villages are moving forward with a review and update of their zoning ordinances as a step toward implementing the goals of those strategic plans.


Zoning is a tool that the villages use to help establish how properties can be used within zoning districts, as well as site design elements such as signage, landscaping, architecture, parking, and access. The purpose of this website is to provide a location where interested citizens can keep up to date on the progress of the project, download draft documents, and provide feedback on the project. Feel free to click on any of the links above to learn more about each of the village's ordinance update projects. As new documents and draft regulations are developed, we will post them to the site.

The Process

This project just started up in January 2021. During the first few months of the year, the consultants will be working with the villages to identify major issues and opportunities for the zoning ordinances. This will include some virtual outreach to the public so that all will have an opportunity to provide input. In June of this year, we will be presenting draft "code audits" for each village to showcase the proposed big picture changes to the ordinances in a narrative form. At that point in time, we will be doing some additional outreach to the residents, businesses, and institutions in each village to gather feedback on the code audits, keeping in mind safe protocols due to COVID. Provided there is general agreement on the direction proposed in the code audits, the consultant will be working with each village to begin drafting the updated ordinances during the summer of 2021. Stay tuned to this website for more information!

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