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 Property Maintenance Division ensures that all residential and commercial properties are properly maintained over time.
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…
From the fall of 2017 into mid-2018, the City took a detailed look at the River Ridge/Kingsdale West neighborhood through a formal study process. The purpose was to identify ways…
As the Central Ohio region continues to experience unprecedented levels of growth, it’s not surprising that developers are looking to premier communities like Upper Arlington for development opportunities. Since Upper…
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Adopted in 2001—following an extensive, three-year review and update process—the Master Plan replaced an extremely outdated planning document from 1962.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.
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.
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
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.
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
- Bond Form (PDF Form 3KB)
- Certification of Notice (PDF Form 108KB)
- Contractor Registration Requirements (PDF Form 150KB)
- Demolition Application Owner Statement (PDF Form 162KB)
- Demolition Sign Affidavit (PDF Form 124KB)
- Engineering Residential Plan Review Checklist
- Hold Harmless (PDF Form 125KB)
- Home, Garage, Vehicle & Boat Sales (PDF 425KB)
- New Home Notification (RTF 1KB)
- Applications & Permits
- Building Code – Chapter 13 of City’s Codified Ordinances
- Call Before You Dig
- Contractor Registration
- Franklin County Property Search
- Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District
- GIS Mapping
- International Code Council (ICC) – Ohio
- Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
- Ohio Board of Building Standards (OBBS)
- Ohio Building Code
- Ohio Revised Code 727
- Permits Record Search
- Property Maintenance Code
- Residential Code of Ohio (PDF)
- Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
Yes. You may hire a contractor or do the actual work yourself. Please make sure that you follow the approved methods of repair/correction, as outlined in the sidewalk notification letter. Any repair that is not approved will be repaired directly by the City and the cost will be billed or assessed back to you.
Typically a permit is required from the Engineering Division when sidewalks are replaced in the public right-of-way. However, the January 2019 sidewalk repair notices mailed to non-compliant properties also function as the permit for purposes of the Sidewalk Maintenance Program. A free permit from the Parks & Forestry Division is required when excavation is performed within 10 feet of a street tree. Permits are not required for leveling or grinding of existing concrete sidewalks.
I received a notification to repair my sidewalk, how much will it cost for the City preform the repairs for me?
The City charges the property owner a per-panel price based on the winning bid received for the project. It is not possible to know the exact price per panel until the bid has been awarded. As a frame of reference, costs for the 2018 Sidewalk Maintenance Program were $190 per four-inch panel and $225 per six-inch panel. Please note: the costs for the 2019 Sidewalk Maintenance Program may be higher or lower.
I would like additional work performed; can the City replace extra sidewalk or part of my driveway?
The City will only be replacing the sidewalk panels identified in the notification that you received and is unable to facilitate additional repairs. The scope and quantity of repairs is the predetermined amount on which the contractor has based their price. If you would like to have additional concrete work or repairs performed at your property, we encourage you to seek a private contractor.
Access to your residence includes the driveway, sidewalk within the driveway, driveway apron and driveway gutter. The property owner is responsible for maintenance and repairs of all parts of the driveway access per City Code 901.06. It is the City’s policy not to replace defective or deteriorated driveway entrances at the City’s expense unless the curb and gutter in the entire block is being replaced by the City as part of a street reconstruction project.
The City will choose the lowest bid contractor to perform the repairs. The contractor chosen will decide the method of repair to be performed. For the 2018 Sidewalk Maintenance Program, the only method of repair utilized was panel replacement. The City anticipates a similar approach for the 2019 Sidewalk Maintenance Program Contract.