Planning and Zoning Commission Endorses the Land Development Code!
The Xenia Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on May 5, 2016 and voted unanimously to endorse the new Land Development Code and associated rezonings. The next step is for City Council to hold a public hearing on May 26, 2016.
City Council Public Hearing
Time and Date: 7:00 PM, May 26, 2016 Place: 2nd floor of Xenia City Hall, 101 N. Detroit St.
After City Council holds a public hearing on May 26, Council will vote on the new Land Development Code and associated rezonings at its June 9 meeting. If approved, the new code and rezonings will become effective July 9.
In addition to the document currently under consideration for adoption, the two documents below may be useful to you as you review the draft code. Download the files, in PDF format, by clicking on the respective titles.
A table that summarizes how the major sections of the existing Planning and Zoning Code transitioned to the draft code, including whether sections were deleted, revised and moved, or maintained as the existing text.
The City of Xenia does too – and that’s why it decided to overhaul its outdated development regulations in order to make Xenia an easier place for both of these things to happen – in a process called ShapeXenia.
The City is nearing the end of a year-long process of reaching out to Xenia residents, business owners, developers and other key stakeholders to determine how the City can improve its zoning and subdivision laws. The result is a new unified, streamlined Land Development Code. The new code will be presented to Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council starting in April, with the hope of enacting the new code by June. View the new code and associated documents using the links to the right.
Below is what the new code will mean for the Xenia community: Improves the ease of doing business:
Broader list of uses permitted in business districts including an increased opportunity for mixed uses;
Streamlined review processes with less board/commission review, thus reducing permitting time;
More flexible/generous signage and off-street parking regulations;
No permit required for minor activities (re-facing a sign, small sheds, small temporary signs, etc.);
User-friendly with better organization, more tables, and graphics;
More area allowed for residential garages, sheds;
Reasonable and consistent architectural and landscaping standards that will apply across the City;
Improved flexibility in meeting architectural and landscaping standards;
Better accommodation of residential infill development in older neighborhoods; and
Clearer, more objective standards to ensure consistent enforcement.
Improves the value and attractiveness of Xenia for new and existing businesses and residents:
Architectural standards citywide (excluding industrial districts) instead of just downtown and planned developments;
Improved quality and relevance of standards for local/national historic districts;
Improved landscaping installation/maintenance standards; and
Requirement for traffic studies for larger developments.