The Lane Avenue corridor is the City’s most rapidly evolving commercial district. This transformation has enhanced the area’s vibrancy and appeal, providing new dining, retail, housing and service options, along with the community’s first hotel. As the area has changed, the City has implemented measures to address parking and traffic concerns, provide transitional buffers from the commercial district into adjoining residential neighborhoods, and to enhance pedestrian and bicycle access where possible. A statistically valid survey on the corridor—conducted at the close of 2018—demonstrated high levels of satisfaction with recent developments, increased access to shops and amenities, and steps taken to mitigate traffic and access.
With new developments already underway and on the horizon—such as The Lane II and Arlington Gateway—combined with the pressures of a growing region, City Council has approved a contract with OHM Advisors, to take a detailed look at the district to better understand the impacts of future growth and put in place a framework to guide this growth in a way that best benefits the community.
The Lane Avenue Planning Study process included:
- A detailed review of pertinent guiding documents, such as the Master Plan, Unified Development Ordinance, past studies and survey data.
- Developing commercial streetscape standards to enhance the district, with a focus on pedestrian activity, bicycle access, transit use, outdoor dining, and opportunities for public art and public gathering spaces.
- Reviewing and making recommendations for modifying the City’s commercial design standards.
- A comprehensive traffic evaluation of Lane Avenue, from Riverside Drive to State Route 315—to include traffic counts and projecting maximum future development counts—to develop a phased approach to congestion mitigation and parking requirements.
The study process began in August 2019 and concluded in June of 2020. It included three phases of citizen engagement, providing opportunities for residents to learn about the significance of the business district for Upper Arlington’s future and to provide input on what they believe should be priority considerations. City Council voted to approve the Lane Avenue Study Report on September 14. A revised and greatly enhanced Lane Avenue Planned Mixed Use District zoning document has been prepared to clearly set forth the City’s guidelines and requirements for future redevelopment within the district. The resulting proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance have been under review by the Board of Zoning and Planning in October and November. Per an article in the November/December UA Insight newsletter, Council was scheduled to review and take action on proposed Unified Development Ordinance amendments for the Lane Avenue Planned Mixed Use District beginning November 16. This is being postponed until the first quarter of 2021, so that the draft amendments can be fully vetted by staff in the Community Development Department and City Attorney’s Office. We will provide updates as a new schedule is determined.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
2020 MEETINGS & EVENTS
The Board of Zoning and Planning has been reviewing the proposed Unified Development Ordinance amendments in the months of October and November. Council is expected to review and take action on these proposed amendments in the first quarter of 2021. Please check back for an updated schedule.
- Board of Zoning and Planning Work Session – November 2: Consideration of amendments to the City’s Unified Development Ordinance
- Board of Zoning and Planning Meeting – October 19: Consideration of amendments to the City’s Unified Development Ordinance
- Board of Zoning and Planning Work Session – October 5: Consideration of amendments to the City’s Unified Development Ordinance
- City Council Meeting – September 14: Adopted the Lane Avenue Study Report
- Council Conference Session – September 8: Review and discussion of the Lane Avenue Study Report
- Special Council Conference Session – June 29: Presentation of recommended updates to the Lane Avenue Planned Mixed-Use District regulations within the City’s Unified Development Ordinance
- Council Conference Session – June 15: Details of the study process, development of the framework plan and accompanying concepts, as well as a presentation on the traffic study
- Public Meeting – February 13: Presentation summary of the study process, feedback received through two rounds of community engagement, and the resulting recommendations to be shared with Council in the Spring
2019 MEETINGS & EVENTS
- Public Meeting – December 12: Presentation summary of the public engagement activities held in the fall, and details of the study’s next steps
Fall Engagement Summary:
- September 26 – Community Pop Up 1 at Crimson Cup
- September 26 – Community Pop Up 2 at Whole Foods
- September 18 – Open House at COhatch
To view documents associated with the Lane Avenue Planning Study, search our Archives Portal – Development Projects using the following project name: Lane Avenue Planning Study
- : Approved by City Council Lane Avenue Corridor Framework Plan
- : Final Document June 29 Presentation to City Council
- : Process; Framework; Community Engagement Summary; Next Steps June 15 Presentation to City Council
- : Traffic Study June 15 Presentation to City Council
- Meeting 3 Presentation
- Summary of Listen Round Two Results
- Survey 2 Feedback – all files
- Community Engagement Memo – Round 1
- Lane Avenue Public Meeting Presentation – December 12, 2019
OHM has created two aerial videos of the Lane Avenue Corridor for a very different perspective of existing conditions, that can be viewed here. Please be advised that these videos are best viewed using Chrome, and it may be necessary to adjust the quality settings to have the videos display smoothly. Enjoy!