Want Xenia to grow? Want Xenia to improve? 
The City of Xenia does too – and that’s why the City of Xenia decided to overhaul its outdated development regulations in order to make Xenia an easier place for both of these things to happen – in a process called ShapeXenia. This process resulted in a new development code, effective July 2017, that accomplished a number of goals and objectives as outlined below.  The new code can be found by clicking on the link to the right.

Shaping Xenia's Future

Below is what the new code means 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.