The Department of Community Development (Office of Planning and Zoning) is charged with the responsibility of implementing land use and development policies and the enforcement of land use and zoning ordinances for the unincorporated portions of Clinton County. The Department staffs the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals and participates with other committees involved in land use planning and related activities.
The Department is also actively involved with County and Township officials and citizenry in the development and implementation of sound land use and economic development policy that will encourage residential development, business growth, industrial development and agricultural open space preservation within the County.
The Clinton County Comprehensive Development Plan was reviewed and adopted by the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners during the Spring of 2016. The Clinton County Zoning Ordinance was adopted on May 21, 2005 and has been periodically amended by the County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners to implement the County's land use plan and polices.