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The Community Development Department coordinates the many aspects involved in Upper Arlington’s growth, development and preservation, with the goal of enhancing the aesthetic appearance and economic vitality of the community.

The department is comprised of three divisions:

  • The Building Division works with residents, businesses, schools, contractors and design professionals to ensure new and remodeled buildings are constructed in compliance with State of Ohio and City of Upper Arlington minimum building codes and standards. Staff reviews residential and commercial construction plans, issues permits, and provides onsite inspections of these buildings and mechanical systems. The division is also responsible for the administration of annual General and Trade contractor registrations.

  • The Planning Division works with residents, businesses, contractors and developers to ensure that home or business improvement projects meet the City’s zoning requirements, primarily in terms of use and location. Planning Staff works closely with the Board of Zoning and Planning (BZAP) and City Council to ensure proposed developments are appropriate for the community.

  • The Property Maintenance Division ensures that all residential and commercial properties are properly maintained over time.

SERVICES
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APPLICATIONS & PERMITS

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BUILDING, PLANNING & ZONING

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

NEWS
09Sep '19

Lane Avenue Planning Study

The Lane Avenue business corridor is the City’s most rapidly evolving commercial district, and it continues to experience unprecedented levels of reinvestment. This transformation has enhanced the area’s vibrancy and…

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20Aug '19

Lane Avenue Planning Study Updates

As the Lane Avenue corridor continues to experience unprecedented levels of reinvestment and growth, City Council has approved a contract with OHM Advisors, to take a detailed look at the…

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CURRENT PROJECTS
THE CITY'S MASTER PLAN

The Master Plan serves as the principal guiding document when addressing long-term goals, growth and development issues. It is the broadest, most comprehensive policy document for the City, designed to set objectives and implementation strategies that will ultimately protect and preserve the community’s makeup and quality of life.

The Upper Arlington Master Plan addresses important issues related to land use, economy, community appearance, community facilities and services, housing, transportation, technology and sustainability. These elements express the community’s interest in developing a plan that supports a high quality of life and improved provision of services and facilities through sound land use, revenue enhancement and targeted redevelopment efforts.

Adopted in 2001—following an extensive, three-year review and update process—the Master Plan replaced an extremely outdated planning document from 1962. Per a directive of the Master Plan to undertake a review and update process every 10 years, an updated version of the Master Plan was adopted in 2013.

The entire 2001 Master Plan can be accessed via Archives Portal – City Plans search.

STUDIES
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2017/2018 River Ridge/Kingsdale West Study

In late 2017/early 2018, Planning NEXT was hired to take a deep dive into the River Ridge/Kingsdale West residential district. The study’s purpose was to make sure the City provides an appropriate policy framework that supports the district’s unique character and fosters the qualities that make it special. A primary goal was to ensure that any prospective plans to preserve and strengthen the River Ridge/Kingsdale West district would be reflective of extensive input received from residents within these neighborhoods. Areas of focus included housing trends, neighborhood connectivity, pedestrian access, safety and traffic. In June of 2018, City Council approved Resolution 9-2018 for the final report. Some key study recommendations included:

  • Allowing the enclosure of existing carports without a variance
  • Reducing the 35-foot building height limit to 28 feet in designated areas
  • Constructing sidewalks along Mountview and Nottingham
  • Reviewing a reduction of height limits for portions of Kingsdale West that do not front Tremont Road
  • Taking a more proactive approach to Code Enforcement

Click here for full details on the River Ridge/Kingsdale West Study, including implementation updates.

GIS MAPPING
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The City’s Geographic Information System (GIS) maps can provide you with convenient, 24/7 access to:

  • The City’s zoning map
  • Parcel information
  • Identification of historically significant properties within the Historic District
  • Identification of City trees
  • Subdivision plats
HISTORIC DISTRICT
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In 1985, a portion of Upper Arlington south of Lane Avenue, known as “Old Arlington,” was designated the “Upper Arlington Historic District” and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area was recognized for its high-quality Twentieth Century American Colonial and English Revival Style homes. Many buildings in the district contribute to the unique character of the area, and if this built environment were to be significantly altered, the City could lose an irreplaceable asset—its visible historic identity. That said, there will always be a demand for newer, more modern homes.

In an effort to preserve the City’s historic structures while allowing them to be upgraded, City Council adopted legislation in 2009 designed to discourage, but not prohibit, total demolition. The regulations apply to total or extreme demolition cases that directly affect the historical significance of a home. A six-month delay period provides an “intermission” so that alternatives to total demolition can be thoughtfully considered. These regulations are found in Articles 5, 6, and 7 of the Unified Development Ordinance.

UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE

The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) combines zoning, subdivision and all related development provisions into a single ordinance. The result is a simplified development approval process, streamlined administrative procedures and a more user-friendly process for developers.

The UDO establishes an appropriate framework for preserving and enhancing Upper Arlington’s residential nature, while encouraging redevelopment that meets Master Plan goals, by providing:

  • Overlay zoning districts for commercial areas
  • Residential conservation guidelines
  • Street and walkway connectivity and pedestrian orientation
  • Commercial design standards and guidelines
  • Zoning incentives
  • Multi-family design standards
  • Increased landscaping and screening standards for commercial development

The UDO streamlines procedures and timelines for anyone wishing to undertake a construction project in the community, from professional developer to homeowners:

  • It allows non-controversial applications to be placed on a consent agenda, expediting the review process.
  • It is sensitive to developers, streamlining the process for projects that are consistent with the Master Plan.
  • It simplifies the regulatory environment, and consolidates development standards and regulations into a concise document.
  • It affords stability and predictability for an appropriate pattern of land uses.

It creates more opportunities for administrative review, thereby reducing cases that go before the Board of Zoning and Planning.

Quick Links to UDO

FAQs

Fire Safety Programs (7)

Open burning of any yard waste such as brush or leaves is prohibited in the City of Upper Arlington. Yard waste disposal questions should be directed to the Public Service Department, at 614-583-5350 or visit our Solid Waste Services section. For any outdoor burning concerns, call 614-583-5100.

Call 614-583-5100 or send your request to schedule a speaker for your event using the Contact form below.

Yes, we do home fire safety inspections for residential childcare certifications, adoptions, foster care and overall home fire safety inspections. Call 614-583-5100.

Call 614-583-5100, send a request using the Contact form below or submit an online form Records Request – City Administration from the City Council – City Clerk web page.

Fire hydrants are flushed in the middle of April to the middle of May. Contact the Fire Prevention Office at 614-583-5100 to see if a hydrant in your area is being flushed. If your water is rusty and it is not during the flushing season, call Columbus Water Division at 614-645-7788 to see if there is a water main break or if there is construction in your neighborhood.

Permits are required for:

  • Commercial fire suppression systems
  • Commercial fire protection systems
  • Hydrant usage
  • Fireworks exhibits
  • Open burn
  • Service stations
  • Tents (any tent or membrane structure over 400 square feet, unless the tent is open on all sides, in which case up to 700 square feet is allowed without a permit)
  • Underground Storage Tank Removal
  • Private fire main permit (contractors building new complexes that require installing a fire hydrant)

Call the Fire Prevention Office, at 614-583-5100, with any questions.

You can find these items at most hardware, home improvement centers, discount/department stores or online. Make sure the item you purchase is approved by the Underwriters Laboratory and has the UL label.

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CONTACT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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PLEASE NOTE: This is not an emergency reporting system. Requests are addressed during regular work hours of 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday. If you need to report an emergency situation, please call 9-1-1.

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