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Planning & Zoning

The office of planning and zoning houses information on the zoning map and ordinances, geographic information systems (GIS) and floodplain regulations. The planning office is also the administrative staff to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, and the Historic Preservation Commission. Most types of development require planning and zoning review to determine if they meet all the requirements of the zoning ordinance.


For more information about the zoning ordinance and development ordinance please see the following: 

Zoning Ordinance | Development Ordinance

To view a copy of the zoning map, please access the following online Zoning Map Lookup

To view whether or not a property is within the City of Huntington limits please view our City of Huntington boundary Lookup

For any other related questions, please see:

Planning, Zoning and Mapping
City Hall Room 2
304.696.5540 press option 3

Breanna Shell, Planning Director: 
Shae Strait, Planner: 
Penlyn Crawford, Planning Technician:
Brad Nunley, GIS Analyst:


For any permitting related questions, please see the Business Services page.


The planning office keeps various GIS data for mapping purposes.


The Planning office is the staff for the Board of Zoning AppealsPlanning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission.


Plan2025 is the Comprehensive Plan update for the City of Huntington. Please visit the Plan2025 page to learn more about the Comprehensive Plan and implementation.

Download or the view the plan below:


View a PDF version of the Plan2025


In 1937 Huntington was devastated by severe flooding. The Ohio River reached a depth of nearly 70 feet in the Huntington area, which was more than 19 feet above the official flood stage. The massive flood provoked the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to build a flood wall to protect the City. The flood wall has done wonders in preventing massive flooding from the Ohio River, but areas around local tributaries are still prone to flooding.

The Guyandotte River and Big Sandy River both empty into the Ohio River, and subsequently, when the Ohio River begins to rise, backup occurs on the two smaller rivers prompting local tributaries to also flood. Today, Huntington’s floodplain primarily consist of the areas surrounding Four-Pole Creek and Krouts Creek. Approximately 400 properties are located within a designated floodplain.

The City of Huntington has additional regulations for any development that takes place in the floodplain. Development in a flood prone area requires a Floodplain Permit. An Elevation Certificate to be conducted by a certified surveyor is also required for all development that takes place. WV Flood Tool can be used to determine if a property is in the designated floodplain.

Floodplain Development Permit Application