Planning and Zoning

Zoning is a system the public regulation of the use of land. State legislatures hold the power to authorize zoning, within which the separate cities enact their own zoning ordinance and it is usually closely integrated with a city planning program. Various geographic areas (zones) are restricted to certain uses and development, such as industrial, light industrial, commercial, light-commercial, agricultural, single-family residential, multi-unit residential, parks, schools and other purposes.

Zoning is the main planning tool of local government to manage the future development of a community, protect neighborhoods, concentrate retail business and industry, channel traffic. It is also a method of controlling urban and suburban construction and removing congestion and other defects of existing plans. Typical zoning regulations address building height, bulk, lot area, setbacks, parking, signage, and density.

306 E. Mt. Vernon
Somerset, KY 42501

PO Box 989 42502

606-679-6366 office

Reggie Chaney
City Engineer
606-425-5362 office
606-875-7770 cell

Joe Lyons
Building Inspector
606-425-5359 office
606-305-2624 cell

Marc Travis
Code Enforcement Officer
606-425-5365 office
606-875-1095 cell

Kim Vaught
Planning & Zoning Coordinator
Board of Adjustments Coordinator
606-425-5312 office
606-872-2672 cell