The Development Services Department includes the divisions of Planning and Zoning, Code Enforcement, and Historic Preservation.
This department reviews and issues building permits, zoning permits and Certificates of Appropriateness (COA). Exterior or structural renovation of homes located within the historic district require a COA. Most building permits are processed within fourteen business days. This department also prepares public hearings for the Board of Adjustment and the Planning and Zoning Commission.
To reach the Development Services Department for any reason or if you have a question about Planning and Zoning, please call 859.292.3637. If you reach voicemail, please understand that this department handles a very high volume of calls with a very small staff so, for the quickest response, leave a message including your name, phone number, and the reason for your call.
Over the last twenty years, Newport, represented by a hard-working group of elected officials and staff, has truly experienced a rebirth that has positioned the community as the place to be in the region.
Millions of people visit our historic downtown and destination venues including BB Riverboats, Newport Aquarium, Newport on the Levee, the World Peace Bell, the Purple People Bridge, and Hofbrauhaus-Newport. Our central business district has been revitalized with a massive streetscape program and has experienced well over $10M in reinvestment. All over the City, neighborhoods have been positively transformed by widespread renovation of our historic homes, numerous upscale housing developments, park and infrastructure improvements, and the HOPE VI project.
The community has greatly benefited from having a nationally accredited Police service and a professional Fire department. Every effort has been made to keep the community clean and safe for our residents, businesses, and visitors.
In recent years over one billion dollars of investment has been planned on our riverfront. Construction is now complete on the SouthShore riverfront condos and the Vue190 upscale apartment development is nearing completion. SouthShore’s master developer is Capital Investment Group.
One Riverfront Place, a class A office building, is 180,000 square feet and was one of the initial reinvestments in Newport. The building remains close to fully occupied at this point. National Redevelopment is exploring expansion opportunities on the site immediately adjacent to the East of the building.
Directly behind One Riverfront Place is the East Row neighborhood, one of Kentucky’s largest and finest Historic Districts filled with Victorian homes and tree lined streets.
Newport on the Levee complex represents a $200 + million investment and is the region’s premier entertainment destination. The property houses the Newport Aquarium, a wide array of dining establishments, an AMC theatre, and various retail tenants. Additionally, an approximately three-acre parcel is immediately adjacent to the East side of Newport on the Levee and is prime for development.
Ovation, a proposed $800 million redevelopment of Newport’s riverfront at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers, will offer a first-class mixed-use development in the urban core. The site is planned to include approximately a thousand new housing units, one million square feet of office space, and provide additional lodging and entertainment amenities.
Development has continued away from the river as well. The Newport Pavilion project currently under development already includes Target and Kroger Marketplace. Once completed the center will add significantly to the community’s retail base. Downtown, as referenced earlier, is also experiencing continued investment. The Marx-Cromer and Dine Schabell projects along with others add significant, market-rate housing options in the heart of the central business district. Additionally, new small businesses continue to fill the once vacant storefronts.
The growth and positive changes are unprecedented. The City is committed to improve every aspect of our community in order to enhance the business climate and also the quality of life for our residents. We feel that the community is an excellent place to do business, not only because of its prime location on the river and its access to the interstate system and downtown Cincinnati, but also because we are a lean staff that is motivated to help make projects happen – the administration and community will exhaust every opportunity until a positive, worthwhile project can be brought forward.