The City is committed to taking a proactive approach in its efforts to communicate with residents on important issues and to seek your feedback. But we also recognize that our newsletters and emails can get lost among the many other communications and marketing materials trying to get your attention. So we are trying something a little different. And a little more obvious!
“Ready for a Change?” signs will be appearing at specific sites as certain proposed development projects, park improvements or significant road construction projects are up for a review. Typically, these signs will be placed in the public right-of-way or in our parks two weeks in advance of a scheduled public meeting or hearing, or as a heads up to residents that a study process is in its beginning stages.
On November 16, 2020, the Board of Zoning and Planning approved a proposed Development Plan from Aldi Inc. for an 18,000 square foot Aldi Grocery Store at 3280 Tremont Road, replacing the former Barnes & Noble near Kingsdale Shopping Center. This approval included the following landscaping requirements: That the three existing parking lot landscape islands include a mix of groundcover and perennials, that any change to existing landscaping located within the preservation area south of the Five Points intersection be approved by the City Forester, with best efforts be made to preserve the existing mature trees, and that five landscape-diamonds be added to the parking lot, subject to review and approval by the City Forester. Construction is expected to begin by early spring, with completion by the fall of 2021.
The City of Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Department has accepted a request by the Upper Arlington Lacrosse Association (UALA) to expand the footprint of the multi-sport court, to accommodate box lacrosse in addition to roller hockey and basketball. UALA is ready to provide financial support to help make the project possible.
Parks & Recreation Staff have reviewed the proposal and believe it is consistent with a 2018 Parks & Recreation goal to “update all park infrastructure items that are outdated and need enhancement. Additionally, by enhancing an existing use, the proposed improvement would not negatively impact the aesthetics and other uses in the park, such as the Amelita Mirolo Barn, tennis courts and walking paths.
WHEN THE SIGNS WILL BE USED
Examples of projects that would trigger the placement of a Ready for a Change? sign are as follows:
Major Subdivision proposals
Major Site Plans
Appeals (commercial property)
Variances (commercial property)
Major CIP projects in design phase
Parks & Recreation
Changes in park configurations
New park facilities
Studies impacting specific locations
Others as determined appropriate
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A READY FOR A CHANGE SIGN APPEARS?
If you see a Ready for a Change? sign and you want to know more, sign inserts above and below the main sign will let you know if a public meeting has been scheduled. You will also find a website address—upperarlingtonoh.gov/change—which brings you to this page. Here you will find a brief overview and/or a link to another webpage created specifically for the proposed project that will provide expanded details.
If you have any questions about this new approach or would like details on what’s being considered when a sign appears, please contact the City Manager’s Office, at 614-583-5040.