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The Office of Community Development administers various community and economic development programs funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Ohio Department of Development. The Office also processes Design Review and Planning Commission applications.


Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Community Reinvestment

Community Reinvestment Areas and Enterprise Zone programs are initiated in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office on Economic Development.

Enterprise Zone

These designated areas of land allow businesses to receive tax incentives in the form of tax exemptions on eligible new investments, serving as an additional economic development tool for Elyria to retain and expand their economic base.

Fair Housing

It is the continuing policy of the City of Elyria to do all things necessary and proper to secure for all its citizens their right to equal housing opportunities regardless of their race, color, creed, sex, familial status, religious belief, national origin or disability.

Landmarks Commission

Studies the problems and determines the needs of the City in restoring and preserving historic landmarks, areas and neighborhoods and works for the continuing education of the residents with respect to the architectural and historic heritage of the City.

Section 106 Review

The City of Elyria coordinates with the Ohio Historic Preservation Office as part of the environmental review process for all projects using federal funds.


Community Development Department
Ashley Scott, Director

131 Court Street, Suite 302
Elyria, Ohio 44035
Phone: 440-326-1541