Brock A. Taylor
Director of Planning and Program Managementbtaylor@riverside.oh.us
Mr. Brock Taylor started as the City’s Director of Planning and Program Management in May. His previous experience includes working as an Economic Development Specialist and in the building department for the City of Dayton. He was also employed by Wright Patterson Air Force Base as an Engineering Technician.
The department of planning and program management provides support to the City Manager on projects related to planning, contract administration and City operations. They participate in planning projects that involve considerable interaction with citizens, developers, businesses, agencies and civic groups, maintain up-to-date knowledge of emerging regulations, pending legislation and trends in planning that impact the city as well as current programs and processes. This department serves as staff representative to the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals; they assist with land use functions and are responsible for the development and implementation of the City’s master plan. They prepare grant applications and communicate with the public and business community to educate them on the City’s development plans and codified ordinances. This department also oversees code enforcement, property maintenance issues and zoning permits. The planning function of the department involves administration of the physical development of the City as directed by the Planning Commission and City Council as these two boards have defined in the codified ordinances, official zoning map and the comprehensive plan.
Zoning is a function of planning and program management. The purpose of zoning is to serve the residents of Riverside by protecting their general health and welfare while allowing for the orderly physical growth of the City through direction of the comprehensive land use plan, zoning ordinances and property maintenance ordinances. These important responsibilities include issuing zoning permits, performing field inspections for zoning compliance, and exterior property maintenance. The staff works with the Planning Commission in making recommendations to City Council for changes in the comprehensive land use plan, zoning ordinance, and the exterior property maintenance ordinance.
The Planning Commission is comprised of five uncompensated electors appointed by City Council and the Mayor as the ex officio nonvoting member. The duty of the Commission is to act as the platting authority of the municipality. As such the Commission provides regulation covering platting, make recommendations to Council regarding the physical limitations of structures and their uses, and maintains the “Official Map” of the Municipality of Riverside.
Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)
The Board of Zoning Appeals hears and determines applications for variances from provisions of zoning ordinances and requests from the Zoning Administrator. The Board consists of five members appointed by City Council that serve without compensation for four years.
Zoning permits are required for all construction or reconstruction involving exterior expansion or accessory buildings, garages, porches, decks, fencing, swimming pools, driveway expansion, and patio enclosures.