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Public Service Institute
Phelps Building, 2nd Floor
314 North Phelps Street
Youngstown, Ohio
CURS AT ysu DOT edu 

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Publications may be ordered by contacting:

Center for Urban and Regional Studies
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio 44555

Phone: 330-941-3355

Fax: 330-941-1527

E-mail: CURS AT ysu DOT edu

Youngstown State University, as an important actor in the social, economic and political life of the Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania areas, seeks ways to better serve the community of which it is a part.

The Public Service Institute at Youngstown State University was created by the YSU Board of Trustees in 1985 to coordinate, promote and stimulate public service programs and urban research activities offered by the University to the community. The University's investment in the Institute, staff, resources, and facilities has yielded a range of services that otherwise would be unavailable in this area.

At present, the Institute consists of The Center for Urban and Regional Studies. The Institute works with community organizations, as well as with University departments, to facilitate the extension of University resources into the community where they are needed.

The Center for Urban and Regional Studies GIS Mapping and Data Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Phelps Building on the campus of Youngstown State University. All GIS mapping and data services are provided on a fee-for-service or contract basis. To initiate a GIS mapping and/or data request, please contact John Bralich, Research Associate III/Senior GIS Manager, Data Services Manager at 330-941-2302 or jdbralich AT ysu DOT edu.

For all other GIS-related requests, including printing and census data requests, please contact John Bralich at 330-941-2302 or jdbralich AT ysu DOT edu.

Download a copy of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies' GIS Pricing Policies.

A Regional Property Information System (RPIS) contains a comprehensive collection real property data, much of which is available through local municipalities and county government. The availability of this data and the subsequent development of a localized RPIS will enable local community leaders to make informed decisions and develop solutions that will improve neighborhood conditions and quality of life in Mahoning County and the city of Youngstown. This should lead to tangible improvements throughout the communities.  For questions about the RPIS, please contact John Bralich, Research Associate III/Senior GIS Manager, Data Services Manager, at 330-941-2302 or jdbralich AT ysu DOT edu.  Click here to access the RPIS.

The city of Youngstown, like many “endangered” industrial cities in the Midwest, has lost significant population over the past half-century and has begun to seek methods to creatively manage shrinking while identifying an appropriate and smaller footprint. Youngstown has seen its population decline by more than half since 1960 due to the effects of deindustrialization and a large out-migration of residents. This decline in population has resulted in an excess of vacant land, as well as land that was never developed, particularly throughout the east side of the city. Under the guidance of the Youngstown 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, the city has committed to a plan of “right-sizing” and adaptively reusing large tracts of abandoned land or land that was never developed on the city’s east side.

The abundance of abandoned or unimproved land presents the city with a number of liabilities, but also a unique opportunity. As many properties located on the city’s east side are located in poorly drained areas that exhibit relatively flat terrain, saturated soils, wetland vegetation, and hydrology, these properties may provide the city with an opportunity to restore, enhance, establish, or preserve wetland resources, and sell mitigation credits, by establishing a wetland mitigation bank. A mitigation bank would allow the city to sell mitigation credits to developers who cause adverse impacts to wetland habitation and are required by law to replace this loss of wetland functions. The creation of a mitigation bank and the subsequent sale of mitigation credits to developers is one of the avenues that can be taken to satisfy compensatory mitigation requirements for impacts to wetland resources caused by development. Fittingly, Mahoning County currently has insufficient space available for wetland mitigation, and any mitigation required for development projects must be done outside of the county. The development of a mitigation bank will allow the city to adaptively reuse large tracts of undevelopable land while selling mitigation credits and creating recreational and education resources for the public.

Download the East Side Wetland Mitigation Bank Plan

Go to the East Side Wetlands Page

The city of Youngstown recently completed the Youngstown Redevelopment Code project.  The Redevelopment Code has been adopted and is now referred to as the zoning code.  Please refer to the city of Youngstown Department of Planning and Zoning for forms and regulations.

*Redevelopment Code (Zoning) Disclaimer*

The zoning information contained in this data layer is from the City of Youngstown, Planning Department and is believed to be accurate as of April 2013. The City of Youngstown, Planning Department maintains the official zoning map and the data contained in this layer is for informational purposes only. All zoning must be verified by the City of Youngstown, Planning Department.

Click here to access the interactive Revelopment Code (zoning code) map.

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