Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is a long-term guide that expresses the values and aspirations of a community. It is the broadest public policy document a community can create for its future physical development considering the input of citizens, businesses, and other stakeholders. The plan is a tool to prepare for change and acts as both a business plan and guidebook for decision-makers. The plan is not a legally binding document, but it can serve as a foundation for budgeting decisions, zoning ordinances, land development regulations and more.

2. Why does Ashtabula County need a new Comprehensive Plan?

The existing comprehensive plan was adopted in 2003. A new plan is needed to reflect current trends and priorities while being focused on the future. Regular comprehensive planning represents good stewardship and establishes a foundation for well-supported policies to create the best possible future.

3. Are there opportunities for residents to get involved?

Yes. This is an open and inclusive process. There will be two series of public input opportunities held during the planning process, which will include the chance to give online input. Anybody who cares about the future of Ashtabula County will be able to participate and contribute their ideas and insight. As needed, public input opportunities will be modified to address public safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

4. Do I have to be an expert to contribute ideas?

You are an expert if you live or work in Ashtabula County. Who knows the community better than someone who lives or works here?

5. What is the timeline for completing the plan?

The plan and associated implementation strategies are anticipated to be completed in Fall 2021.

6. Where can I learn more?

For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact Jake Brand, Director of Community Services & Planning Department at or 440-576-3825.