John Groff has been Chief of the Division of Building and Zoning Department since 1992. He majored in mathematics and engineering physics at Christian Brothers University and received a Masters in Business Administration from Ashland University. Prior to being employed by the City, he spent four years in the United States Navy and also worked in the private sector as a design engineer and general manager for firms serving the building products industry.

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Eddie Hunt, Assistant Chief has been with the City since 2008. He graduated from COTC in June of 2006 with an Associates Degree in Architecture Drafting and Design. In October 2007, Eddie graduated from DeVry University with a Bachelor's Degree in Technical Management with a concentration in Project Management. Throughout college, as well as after college, he worked for United McGill Corp as a Proposal Drafter, HRJL Architects as an Architectural Drafter, and Korda Nement Engineering as a Structural Drafter.

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Building & Zoning

The Building and Zoning Department is responsible for overseeing community development, maintaining the Land Use and Thoroughfare Plan, participation in the local Metropolitan Planning Organization and maintaining the Citys Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The department is also responsible for the review and approval of development plans, for the issuance of zoning permits, general inspections for compliance and enforcement of zoning and utility ordinances and for complaint investigation and resolution.

Other duties performed by the department include planning, securing funding and administering major construction projects such as road improvements and bridge replacements, acting as the City representative to the local Metropolitan Planning Organization, management of flood hazard areas and serving as a liasion to the Census Bureau.


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