The City of Stow is delighted to announce the appointment of Zack Cowan as the new Director of Planning & Development. With his experience in the role of Deputy Director of Planning with the City of Stow since April 2022, Zack has been responsible for assessing zoning permits, building permits, variances, and rezonings to ensure adherence to city codes and policies. Mayor Pribonic stated, "Zack Cowan is a valuable member of the City's Planning & Development Department, possessing expertise and a visionary mindset. He is well-prepared to undertake the responsibilities of his new position."
Cowan has an extensive background in city zoning and planning since graduating from The Ohio State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in City & Regional Planning. Since then he has been a Zoning Officer for the City of Salem, OH, a City Planner for the City of Pataskala, OH, and a Planner II for the City of Columbus, OH. He is GIS Certified, and has been a part of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2020.
Cowan grew up in Northeast Ohio and his wife and three year old son moved to Cuyahoga Falls, OH from the Columbus area shortly after starting with the City of Stow in 2022.
“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve as the Director of Planning & Development for the City of Stow. This exciting role allows me to further contribute to the growth and enhancement of our community, and I’m eager to work on initiatives that will shape the City’s future. I am grateful for the trust placed in me and look forward to collaborating with the talented team in the administration as well as City Council, residents, and business owners to achieve impactful and sustainable development for Stow,” expressed Cowan.
The City of Stow would like to extend its congratulations to Zack Cowan and express its anticipation of his valuable contributions to numerous initiatives in the future.