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City Council Information

Upper Arlington's City Council is comprised of seven citizens who are elected at-large by residents to serve a maximum of two, four-year terms. The Council selects a President and Vice President from among its ranks to serve two-year terms. The President of Council presides over City Council meetings and serves as Mayor for ceremonial duties. The Vice President assumes the duties of the President in his/her absence.

Council's responsibilities include establishing local laws, setting policy, approving programs and generally overseeing the operations of the City. The Council hires the City Manager, City Attorney and Clerk of Council.
Kip Greenhill - Council President and Mayor, 
kgreenhill@uaoh.net, 614-270-1434
Brendan T. King - Council Vice President
bking@uaoh.net, 614-571-8560
Carolyn T. Casper
ccasper@uaoh.net, 614-822-9004
Brian C. Close
bclose@uaoh.net, 614-227-4209
Michele M. Hoyle
mhoyle@uaoh.net, 614-886-0328
Jim Lynch
jlynch@uaoh.net, 614-832-7295
Susan Ralph
sralph@uaoh.net, 614-459-7302

Contact City Council

City Council encourages the exchange of thoughts and ideas between City Leadership and the citizens they serve.  Click here to visit our Contact City Council page and learn about the many ways to have your voice heard.


City Council Meetings

City Council meets in regular session on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in the Council Chamber of the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road, at 7:30 p.m. Council Conference Sessions are scheduled for the first and third Mondays of each month in the Lower Level Meeting Room of the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road, at 7:30 p.m.

All meetings of City Council are open to the public except for Executive Sessions during which Council members may discuss specific types of business as defined by the Ohio Revised Code. Executive Sessions are for discussion only, since all formal action must be taken at a regular or special meeting.

For access to the Council Calendar, please click here.

City Council Audio

Click here to access audio from the past year.

City Council Agendas, Agenda Packets and Minutes

For Agendas, Agenda Packets and/or Minutes from the City Council Meetings and Conference Sessions, please see the table below or click here to directly access the site.
 
 
 

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Fire Division

IF YOU ARE HAVING AN EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1

The Fire Division provides fire fighting, emergency medical, rescue, and hazardous materials response for the community. There are also a variety of non-emergency programs available to assist the public with fire prevention, smoke detectors, blood pressure screening, carbon monoxide, fire inspections, station and truck tours, and public speaking requests.

Each year, Fire Division personnel undergo training exercises to ensure the best service to residents. This includes mandatory continuing education to maintain firefighting, EMT, paramedic, and inspection certifications, use of donated structures for live fire and rescue training, and participation in three annual field exercises as part of the regional hazardous materials team. If you want to read more about all the amazing accomplishments that took place last year, take a look at the 2016 Fire Division summary. 

2017 EMS AGENCY OF THE YEAR

In May 2017, the Fire Division was the recipient of the EMS Agency of the Year Award. They were selected out of 1,300 EMS agencies across the State of Ohio; an accomplishment like this is the result of hard work, dedication and commitment over several years. The round-the-clock efforts of the fire and paramedic crews, combined with the creation of exemplary programs designed to support a safe and healthy community—such as STAY UA—are what put our agency at the top of the list. 

Fire Division - 2017 EMS Agency of the Year from Upper Arlington on Youtube.

Fire & Police Emergency Contact Information


FIRE DIVISION TEAMS UP WITH PULSEPOINT APP

The Upper Arlington Fire Division is proud to announce a partnership with the PulsePoint mobile application platform empowering citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Application users can now be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the location-aware application will alert trained citizens, in the vicinity of the need, for bystander CPR simultaneous with the dispatch of EMS. The app also directs these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Each year, approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting in the United States. Nearly 90% of these events prove fatal and the chance of survival decreasespulsepoint by 10% with every passing minute without CPR.

The PulsePoint app connects directly to the Northwest Regional Communication Center; our 911 dispatch. When an incident requiring CPR is reported, notifications are made simultaneously with the dispatch of paramedics to anyone within the area that is CPR-trained and has indicated their willingness and ability to assist during a cardiac emergency. These notifications are only made if the victim is in a public place and only to potential rescuers that are in the immediate vicinity of the emergency. When notifications do occur, they intend to target potential citizen rescuers that are primarily within walking distance of the event. 

At the time of need, users that have opted-in receive a push notification accompanied by a distinctive alert tone. The notification is followed by a map display showing the dispatched location of the emergency along with the precise location of the citizen rescuer – providing for easy navigation between the two. The map display also shows the exact location of the nearest AEDs.

The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. After download, click the menu pull-down button in the upper left of the screen, select “Agencies”, and search for “Upper Arlington Fire”. After you have added “Upper Arlington Fire” as an agency, select “Settings” from the same menu and ensure you have notifications turned on for CPR. If you have questions or need assistance with the app, please call 614-583-5100.

CPR classes are offered throughout the year at Station 72 or at your location. Call 614-583-5100 or email cares@uaoh.net for more information.


 
ahaIn April 2015, the Fire Division was awarded the 2015 Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. This award is for exceptional care exhibited in 2014 as measured by the Mission: Lifeline EMS Achievement Measures including scoring 75% or above on the following:
  • Percentage of patients with non-traumatic chest pain > 35 years of age, treated and transported by EMS who receives a pre-hospital 12 Lead ECG.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Receiving Center, with pre-hospital First Medical Contact (FMC) to Device (PCI) < 90 Minutes.
  • Percentage of STEMI patients transported to a STEMI Referring Center with Arrival (to Referring Center) to Fibrinolysis Therapy administration in <30 Minutes.

 

Boards & Commissions

The City of Upper Arlington is fortunate to have many citizens willing to donate their time and expertise on various Boards and Commissions, and ad hoc groups formed to address specific community issues. In return, these individuals are afforded the opportunity to help to shape their community.
 
If you wish to apply to serve on a Board or Commission, please click here to fill out an application online. 

Board of Building Standards
The Upper Arlington Board of Building Standards meets on call to review and make recommendations to City Council on amendments to the Residential Building Code and to hear appeals to both the Ohio Residential Code and the Upper Arlington Property Maintenance Code.

Members:
Nuber, Daniel 
Payne, John W.
Blaine, William E.
Ford, Mark, P.
Koch, Steven P.
Yeager, John A.
Stutz, Robert M.

Board of Health
The Board of Health is comprised of five members, with the President of City Council serving as the President of this Board (ORC Section 3709.05). The Board of Health meets the second Wednesday of every other month to establish policy and direct the public health activities for the residents of Upper Arlington. President of Council appoints members and City Council confirms.

Members:

Elliott, Mark L.
Giammar, Betty
Greenhill, Kip
Guglielmi, Christopher
Heintz, Dr. John S.
Vesper, Dr. Richard
Franklin County Public Health

Board of Tax Appeals
The Board of Tax Appeals is comprised of five members who meet on-call to review the City's taxation policies and to hear appeals regarding tax claim issues. City Council appoints members to the Board of Tax Appeals.

NOTE:  Pursuant to C.O. Section 156.02(A) of the City's Administrative Code, the Board's records of proceedings and hearings are not public records available for inspection under Section 149.43 of the Ohio Revised Code. Hearings requested by a taxpayer before the Board are not meetings of a public body subject to provisions of Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Members:

Drennen, Michael F.
Nunamaker, Kathy P.
Petrecca, Michael A.

Board of Zoning and Planning (BZAP)
The Board of Zoning and Planning (BZAP) consists of a seven member volunteer commission of Upper Arlington residents who are appointed by City Council to serve four-year terms. The Board reviews all planning and zoning related applications, including: variances, conditional uses, signage plans, subdivisions, site plans and development plans.  The Board also makes recommendations to City Council pertaining to rezoning and changes to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO/zoning code).  BZAP has much authority in regards to the City's built and planned environment.

BZAP typically meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at 6:00 PM in Council Chambers of the Municipal Services Center at 3600 Tremont Road.  The first Monday meeting is for an informal Work Session, where commercial projects are typically discussed.  The third Monday meeting is the formal meeting where votes are taken on all items on the month's agenda.

Board of Zoning and Planning Meeting Information

Members:
Tullett, Robert W.
Mitchell, Marianne
Barringer, Daniel
Carpenter, Kevin
Osterhout, Donald
Tolliver, Shannon
Ward, Thomas A., II

City Tree Commission
The City Tree Commission is comprised of seven members who meet the first Tuesday of every other month, to determine and make recommendations to City Council regarding the City's comprehensive street tree program. Members serve a three year term. The President of City Council appoints members to the City Tree Commission and Council Members confirm.

Members:
Cara, Anya
Milam, Chantil
Foley, Katie
Gilliland, Nick
Landsbergen, Kim 
Weber, Hope
Zanon, Scott A.

Civil Service Commission
The Civil Service Commission is comprised of three members who meet the second Wednesday every other month, to prescribe, amend and enforce civil service rules for employees of the City of Upper Arlington. This Commission also hears appeals from employees within the classified service. Each member serves a four-year term. City Council appoints members to the Civil Service Commission.  The Civil Service Commission is governed by the Civil Service Rules.

Members:
Boggs, Thad
Ball, Steven L.
Burleson, Lisa M.

Cultural Arts Commission
The Cultural Arts Commission is comprised of seven members who meet the first Wednesday of every month, to advise and support the Cultural Arts Division Staff in its mission to provide and promote a diverse, lively, accessible arts environment that advances the cultural assets and enriches the life of the community. Each member serves a three year term. The President of City Council appoints members to the Cultural Arts Commission and Council Members confirm.

Members:
Stevens, Harold
Baldwin, Melissa
Laux, Andy
Snyder, Duncan
Kirk, Christine
Morris, Kate
Richard, Karin

Library Board of Trustees
The Board of Library Trustees is comprised of seven members who meet the third Tuesday of every month, to oversee the management of the City's public library system. Each member serves a four year term. City Council appoints members to the Board of Library Trustees.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting Information

Members:
Hahn, Peter
Shkurti, William
Bowen, Maura
Mueller, Sarah
Fix, Kevin
Heydlauff, Gloria
Yesso, John M.

Medical Advisory Board
The Medical Advisory Board is comprised of seven members who meet twice annually, to provide professional supervision, training and support of the City's emergency para-medical program. Each member serves a four year term. The President of City Council appoints members to the Medical Advisory Board and Council Members confirm.

Members:
Dick, Dr. Michael
Stanley, Dr. Rachel
Drobny, Dr. Eric D.
Fontana, Dr. Mary E.
Raetzke, Dr. Bradley
Lutmerding, Dr. Medard Richard
Pema, Dr. Peter

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is comprised of seven members who meet to review and make recommendations to City Council on the City's parks, recreational programs and facilities in the community. The Board meets the second Wednesday of even numbered months at 6:30 pm at the Municipal Services Center. Each member serves a four-year term. The President of City Council appoints members to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Council Members confirm.

Residents may attend meetings and speak on the agenda items. The agenda and packet is available on the City's website. 

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting Information

Members:
Bauer, Jim
Christ, Lindsey
Crosby, Toni
Diday, M. Kate
Duchi, Mary
O'Donnell, Caroline
Petersen, Matt

Clerk of Courts

Upper Arlington Mayor's Court

The Upper Arlington Mayor's Court serves as the judicial branch of the City of Upper Arlington. The Mayor's staff (Clerk of Court and Deputy Clerk of Court) also functions as the Violations Bureau, collecting payments for violations that do not require a court appearance. The Clerk's office keeps abreast of changes in pertinent laws and regulations, and strives to enhance day-to-day operations with all persons associated with the court.

The Administrator of the Upper Arlington Mayor's Court is Mayor Francis C. Greenhill.  Steven B. Hayes, Janet Grubb and Michael Close serve as Magistrates. The Mayor appoints the Clerk of Court, Melissa Kohler.

Mayor's Court convenes every Thursday at Noon, at which time a Magistrate presides over sentencing of arraignments, pre-trials, probation revocation hearings, and financial hearings. Trials and motion hearings are scheduled for 1 p.m., once the arraignment docket is finished.

The Clerk supervises a court volunteer program established primarily through the local American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) to assist with the weekly court sessions. Volunteers check defendants in for court and escort the defendants from the courtroom to the Clerk of Court's office. This dedicated team of volunteers is vital to the smooth operation of Mayor's Court.
 
 
The Magistrate presides over sentencing of:
  1. Arraignments
  2. Trials
  3. Pre-Trials
  4. Motion Hearings
  5. Probation Revocation Hearings

 

City Attorney's Office

The City Attorney's Office is the legal advisor to the City of Upper Arlington.  We are charged with the duties of service and advice that is intelligent, trustworthy, and dedicated to public service.  We commit ourselves to professionalism and to understand and further the goals of City Council and City Departments.  We adhere to the highest standard of ethics and confidentiality.
 
To accomplish our mission, we will:
  • Provide responsive and timely legal advice to City Council and City Departments.
  • Provide assertive representation in civil, criminal and administrative litigation.
  • Provide prompt and effective assistance in negotiations and drafting of contracts and other legal documents.
  • Provide training and informational resources to City Council and City Departments.
  • Provide mediation and probation services for violations of City ordinances.
The City Attorney's Office is responsible for all of the City's legal needs, serving as counsel to City Council, the City Manager, City departments, and various boards and commissions.
 
The office prosecutes misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses in Upper Arlington Mayor's Court and Franklin County Municipal Court, oversees the Upper Arlington Probation Division, and conducts various mediation and diversion programs.

The office practice covers a wide range including:
  • Code Compliance
  • Economic Development
  • Election Law
  • Employee Labor Negotiations
  • Human Resource Laws
  • Municipal Law (Zoning and Land Use)
  • Personal Service Employment Contracts
  • Police and Fire Safety Force Issues
  • Procurement Law
  • Public Records Law
  • Telecommunications
  • Taxation

City Clerk's Office

The City Clerk's Office serves as the administrative support for City Council and as a liaison between residents and Members of City Council. 

Public Records

              The City Clerk's Office is responsible for the management of all City records. This includes archiving, scanning, and on-site and off-site storage. Public records requests are handled through this office.  Please click here to learn more about submitting a public records request.

 

City Council Agendas, Minutes and Audio

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City Manager's Office

Overview

The City Manager's Office provides the overall executive leadership for the City, and policy guidance to the Mayor and Council. The City Manager is responsible for the overall management of the City's departments, the support services necessary to maintain them, and the presentation of the City's budget.

The Office is comprised of the City Manager, Community Affairs Director, Executive Secretary, and Community Affairs Coordinator.

Community Affairs Office

Community Affairs Director
The role of Community Affairs is to communicate all facets of Upper Arlington's local government with its key publics - namely residents, local businesses, City employees and community leaders - using various methods that include local news articles, various print materials, website and social media, etc. The director provides public relations and marketing advice and support to all City departments, and assists with the strategic planning and public relations efforts on various special projects throughout the year. Additionally, the director serves as the primary liaison with local media representatives.

Human Resources Office

Online Job Application Portal

The Human Resources Office is housed within the City Manager's Office. The Office performs all personnel functions for the City, including but not limited to: 

  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Benefits Administration
  • Classification and Compensation Plans
  • Training and Development
  • Labor Negotiations
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Organizational Policies and Procedures

In this section, you will find details of any available positions at the City as they come available, as well as the necessary steps involved to apply for positions within our Fire and Police divisions. The City of Upper Arlington is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mission Statement
The City of Upper Arlington is committed to providing superior services to all who live and work in the community. The work of the City is founded on:

  • Responsible and Responsive Public Participation;
  • Elected Leadership; and
  • Professional Staffing.

Vision Statement
The City strives to achieve its mission through innovative policies and programs which preserve and enhance the excellence of quality of life in Upper Arlington and which provide a base for enhancing the economic health and preserving the unique residential character of our community.

City Motto
"Contendite Ductum" - Strive For Leadership

Organizational Core Values
Core Values

At the City of Upper Arlington, we believe our strength and success is directly tied to our shared values and goals, working in concert to better serve our residents. Our core values are as follows:

  • TEAMWORK - We work together as a family, through collaboration, fellowship, mutual respect, dependability, support and compassion.
  • INTEGRITY - We demonstrate trust, accountability, honesty, courtesy, professionalism and ethical behavior in all we do.
  • SERVICE - We believe in superior service, to the community of Upper Arlington and to each other.
  • LEADERSHIP - We recognize and embrace change as opportunity. We provide the tools to empower all members of our community to be the best they can be.
  • COMMUNICATION - We practice open and truthful dialog, creating an environment in which ideas, support, accountability, questions, goals and knowledge are exchanged across our organization.
  • GROWTH - We experiment with new ideas, learn from our experiences, share our knowledge and strive for continuous improvement.
  • FUN - We celebrate each other and are dedicated to fostering and preserving a loyal, passionate, joyful community that aspires to achieving extraordinary results.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Upper Arlington offers equal opportunity and equal consideration to all persons who seek employment with the City. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, gender, genetics, disability, and/or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

It is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote the most qualified persons. It is the firm belief that our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy will be furthered in an environment of mutual trust where employees are encouraged to discuss their problems with members of management. As a City, we have pledged to pursue this policy and, as an employee, you will be expected to comply with this policy in every respect.
 
 

Community Affairs

The role of Community Affairs is to promote and communicate all facets of the Upper Arlington community and its local government with key publics, as well as to encourage citizen participation in community projects and issues that will enhance the quality of life and build resident and business pride and satisfaction.

Projects and functions overseen by Community Affairs include but are not limited to:

  • Media Liaison - The office maintains a centralized information center responsible for coordinating community relations, public affairs and media relations activities. Staff members serve as the primary liaisons for day-to-day interaction with reporters, and oversee the release of information to media.
  • External Publications - Community Affairs is responsible for the planning, development, design, editorial content and production of all City publications. This includes the quarterly City Insight resident newsletter, the Resident Guide, Annual Report and Popular Annual Financial Report, Parks & Recreation program catalogs, all department service brochures and materials, and special reports/publications as needed.
  • City Website - The office manages the planning, framework, development and implementation of the City's website and is responsible for the training and oversight of contributions to the site by various departments.
  • Outreach Vehicles - In order to communicate effectively with residents and other targeted audiences, the office utilizes a variety of outreach vehicles, including: print and e-newsletters; media releases and advisories; editorials; e-mail blasts; project fact sheets; speeches; letters and flyers; advertisements; and a cable TV community bulletin board.
  • Internal Communications - The office oversees many internal communications vehicles to the organization's employees in order to ensure Staff is kept up-to-date on projects and programs, and can relay that information to residents as required, as well as to maintain a cohesive, productive and positive organizational environment built upon the City's values.
  • Special Events - Community Affairs is responsible for the planning and implementation of the annual State of City Address and Community Awards program. The office assists other departments in numerous special events and ceremonies, providing marketing advice and support, and event planning assistance as required. Community Affairs also serves as event liaison for coordinating City services for various community events such as the Civic Association's Fourth of July celebrations, and the Chamber's Taste of UA event.
  • Community Liaison - The office is actively involved in a number of community organizations that enrich Upper Arlington's quality of life, including: Volunteer UA (founding partner); public relations committee for the Upper Arlington Community Foundation; oversee the year-round Live in UA? Shop in UA! awareness campaign with the Chamber; public relations and retail committees for the Chamber; Board representation on the Central Ohio Public Information Network (COPIN).
  • Community Surveys - Community Affairs manages the planning and implementation of a broad-based community survey, typically conducted every three-to-four years, as well as assisting with other more targeted surveys as required.
  • Graphic Standards - The office oversees the planning, development and oversight of all graphic standards needs for the City to ensure a professional and consistent image.

 

Crime Statistics

The Police Division keeps close track of emerging crime trends occurring in the community.  This enables the division to not only respond effectively to the current safety needs of the community, but to make residents and businesses aware of any issues that may impact them and to provide the necessary protection and safety tips that can help prevent additional criminal acts occurring. Please contact the Police Community Relations Officer at 614-583-5197 for specific crime statistics and information.

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Map of Policing Precincts

DISTRICT 1:
Bordered by Lane Avenue to the north, 5th Avenue and King Avenue on the south, Riverside Drive on the west, and North Star Road on the east.

DISTRICT 2:
Bordered by Lane Avenue to the south, McCoy Road to the north, Riverside Drive on the west, and Reed Road/Redding
Road to the east.

DISTRICT 3:
Bordered by Lane Avenue to the south, McCoy Road to the north, Reed Road/Redding Road on the west, and North Star Road to the east.

DISTRICT 4:
Bordered by McCoy Road to the south, Riverside Drive to the west, Henderson Road on the north, and Kenny Road to
the east.




Police Districts


Community Development Department

Community Development Department - "Focused on the Future" from Upper Arlington on Vimeo.

Arlington Falls
The City's 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. In 2016, the Department reviewed and inspected more than $100 million worth of construction projects, the highest year in the City's history.  Over 3,000 permits were reviewed, again the highest on record.

Staff provides assistance to residents, contractors, developers and design professionals who wish to build or remodel structures with the community, while also working with business owners who wish to relocate or expand their operations. The department prides itself on thoughtfully helping a variety of customers through the necessary zoning, permitting, inspection and economic development processes. The department is comprised of three divisions: Building, Planning and Property Maintenance.
  • Building Division: Reviews plans and inspects construction of all new and/or modified residential and commercial structures;
  • Planning Division: Directs the development and redevelopment of the community through Master Planning and enforcing the City's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO); and
  • Property Maintenance Division: Ensures that all residential and commercial properties are properly maintained over time.

Quick Links

Inspection Information:
  • All inspection requests must be received by 3 PM for the next business day service.  Times may only be requested for footing, sewer and commercial occupancy inspections.  To schedule an inspection, please call the Inspection Line at 614-583-5080 and leave the following details: job address, permit number, date requested and contact information.
  • For electrical inspections, please call 614-583-5081, where residential inspections occur only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Commercial inspections occur each workday.  All inspection requests must be received by 3 PM for service on the appropriate day.
  • For plumbing inspections, please call Franklin County Public Health at 614-525-3160 (option 3) between 8 AM-5 PM for an inspection the next business date or the requested date.  Same-day requests will not be accepted via phone.  Same-day inspections can be requested before 7 AM online.  Requests received online after 7 AM will be scheduled for the next business date or the date specified.

Building Division

 
The City's Building Division works with residents, businesses and contractors to ensure new and remodeled buildings are properly constructed per State of Ohio and Upper Arlington building standards.  Building Division Staff reviews construction plans, inspects buildings and mechanical systems, and issues permits to contractors working on improvement projects.  Staff goes to great lengths to make sure those working in Upper Arlington understand codes, ordinances, hours of work, process and what is expected.
 
Please feel free to contact our Building Division if you have any questions about your future home or business improvement project.

Plan Review:

Review for residential building permits takes between five and ten business days.  Because a contracted commercial building code plan reviewer, commercial building permits take between ten and 15 business days to review.  Trade permits are obtained over-the-counter or can be processed through the mail.  Permits cannot be processed online at this time.

Inspections:

To schedule an inspection, please request via our Viewpoint system or call the Inspection Line at 614-583-5080.  Your request must be recorded before 3 PM for next business day service.  Please be sure to leave the following details when you call:  job address, permit number, date of inspection and contact information.  Inspections cannot be scheduled in person or by e-mail.  Building, HVAC, and Driveway Approach inspections occur Monday thru Friday except holidays.  Plumbing inspections must be scheduled with Franklin County Public Health at 614-525-3160.  Residential electrical inspections occur Monday, Wednesday and Friday only, while Commercial inspections occur each day.  The Electrical Inspection Line is 614-583-5081.

Economic Development

About the Division

Upper Arlington's Economic Development Division, housed in the City Manager's Office, provides a wide scope of services to existing, new, and expanding businesses, including our award winning streamlined review and zoning process. Whether you're a Fortune 500 company or a small business just starting out, we want you to be successful in our community. We can assist in finding the right location and will serve as your liaison through the city's licensing, development, review and permitting processes. We will respond to your specific needs and make it our goal to bring your vision to fruition. 
Review the Business section of our website for resources for new and existing business in Upper Arlington, as well as for site selection services and information about our business community.  

Why Upper Arlington?

Upper Arlington is a progressive and business-friendly community, centrally located in the greater Columbus region, that reaches over two million residents. Upper Arlington continues to attract residential, commercial and industrial development supporting a full range of professional services, including financial, healthcare, education, government, consumer goods, technology, logistics and other industry leaders. 
 
Please contact the Director of Economic Development at 614-583-5040 or email Joe Henderson to learn more about how the City of Upper Arlington can support your business.  

Key Partners

 

Planning Division

The City's Planning Division works with residents, businesses, contractors and developers to ensure that home or business improvement projects meet the City's zoning requirements, primarily in terms of use and location.  Planning Division staff administers the award-winning Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and oversees the Master Plan which seek to enhance redevelopment in commercial areas by creating high quality, dense, pedestrian-oriented environments primarily along the City's arterial streets, as well as to protect Upper Arlington's outstanding residential neighborhoods.  The Division is also a guardian of the City's Master Plan, which provides direction for the City's future land use decisions.  Planning Staff works closely with the Board of Zoning and Planning (BZAP) and City Council to ensure proposed development is appropriate for the community.
 
Please feel free to contact our Planning Division if you have any questions about your future home or business improvement project.
Lane Avenue Study Area
 
insight2050 is a collaborative initiative led by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Columbus 2020, Urban Land Institute-Columbus, and other public/private stakeholders that is looking at future development and population patterns in Central Ohio over the next 30+ years.  The region is expected to add nearly 500,000 new residents, where 81% of the new growth will be households without children.  This would create approximately 300,000 new homes, 300,000+ new jobs and more than 1 billion square feet of non-residential building space.  This study will lay out four different development scenarios, and recommend how communities should brace for the growth and change in market demand.  The study includes Upper Arlington as a compact area that should encourage walkable neighborhoods, more mixed-use environments, more mixed age/income communities, smaller residences and more transportation options.  The Lane development on Lane Avenue was cited as an example project that has responded to changing market demands.  Read the Scenario Results here and view a presentation from MORPC here.

Property Maintenance Division

grass and weedsGood Neighbor Guidelines | File a Property Maintenance Complaint | Property Maintenance Programs 

The City's Property Maintenance (Code Compliance) Division works with residents, businesses and contractors to ensure Upper Arlington properties are properly maintained and cared for, with the goal of preserving the community's outstanding physical assets. Property maintenance violations are primarily complaint driven by neighbors, however, the Code Compliance Officer will typically observe additional violations during neighborhood patrols. Commons violations include:
  • High grass and weeds
  • Flaking paint on buildings
  • Illegal temporary signage
  • Excess lighting
  • Trash and debris
  • Noise
The City strives to work with property owners to ensure voluntary compliance is achieved.

Property Maintenance Complaints

The division responds to complaints filed relative to code violations of the Unified Development Ordinance, the Property Maintenance Code, and portions of the General Offenses Code, Streets and Services Code, and Building Code.

Once a complaint has been filed, a case file is opened and an officer conducts an inspection of the alleged violation. If a violation is found to exist, a written Notice of Violation is sent to the owner of the subject property. The notice outlines the specific violation(s) in question, the applicable codes prohibiting such activity, and any corrective measures necessary for compliance.
Trash accumulation
A timeframe for compliance is established indicating when a re-inspection will take place. An officer may issue a deadline extension if:
  • Substantial progress has been made toward compliance
  • Weather conditions make it difficult to correct the violation, or
  • Mitigating circumstances exist that warrant a deadline extension.
Most code violations are brought into compliance quickly. However, there are some instances where violations are not resolved in a timely manner and are therefore subject to penalties. In most cases, violations are subject to a maximum $150 per offense per day. A few violations are classified as fourth degree misdemeanors and are subject to a maximum of $250 and/or a maximum 30 days in jail/offense.

To file a Property Maintenance complaint, you must know the street address of the property in question. The Property Maintenance Division will make every effort to bring code violations into compliance.

Please feel free to contact the City's Code Compliance Officer if you have any questions or would like to file a property maintenance complaint.  Anonymous complaints may be submitted via Viewpoint Cloud, where you will have to make an account in order to submit a request.  You can also upload pictures and keep track of the complaint.

Sustainability

Tree CityUpper Arlington enjoys one of the highest recycling rates in the state (45.2%) and has been named a Tree City USA every year since 1990. The City signed the Central Ohio Green Pact in 2007 and became the first Central Ohio community to assess its own carbon footprint. In that spirit, the City established the UA Green Team, with the goal of becoming a Central Ohio leader for green communities. The UA Green Team's goal is to reduce the City's ecological footprint through reductions in energy use, waste and emissions. Thus far, the Green Team has a number of notable accomplishments:

  • Drafted a new Sustainability section of the City's Master Plan;
  • Replaced incandescent lights bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs at the Amelita Mirolo Barn;
  • Helped modify existing building and zoning codes to become more environmentally-friendly;
  • Worked with the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District to update our Stormwater Master Plan;
  • Established numerous rain gardens at Sunny 95 Park, Fancyburg Park and Kingsdale;
  • Induction lighting is used in all street lights, including 15-watt bulbs in the Historic District;
  • Exploring solar electric and thermal installations on City facilities; and
  • Continue to plant over 650 park and street trees each year.
  • Upper Arlington was a founding member of the Central Ohio Green Pact, a regional sustainability approach with goals of enhancing and protecting the quality of life and economic vitality of the region. Click here to view a short video about this regional initiative.
  • The City is updating its Progress Report since 2007 and will be posted soon.

Easy, Quick Ways to Save Money:

  • Turn the hot water heater down to 120-degrees;
  • Install a programmable thermostat and limit usage when away from home or sleeping;
  • Purchase EnergyStar labeled products when replacing appliances;
  • Use ceiling fans and only run the dishwasher or washing machine when full;
  • Only run the washing machine in cold water;
  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucets, as well as water heat blankets;
  • Caulk and glaze drafty windows; and
  • Replace light bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs.

Home Energy Programs:

AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio each offer low-cost home energy audits. During these audits, you'll receive a box of CFL light bulbs, LED night light, programmable thermostat and low-flow shower heads. Substantial rebates are available from each utility for implementing recommended improvements, upwards of 70 percent.

Working with AEP Ohio, the City, Schools, Library and Chamber rounded up more than 900 participants in the AEP Energy Savers program.  Meeting this number allowed the City to obtain a grant to cover outdoor lightings costs at the revamped Northam Park, as well as sustainability roadmap in conjunction with the Sustainability Master Plan.

You don't need to be a Columbus resident to join 10,000 other regional participants in the Columbus GreenSpot initiative.

Interesting Facts about Sustainability in UA:

  • Just by following the City's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO/zoning code), nearly all commercial development is eligible for LEED-certification. Recent examples include the new Key Bank branch on Henderson Road, as well as the remodeled Fifth Third Bank also on Henderson Road and new Homewood Suites hotel on Lane Avenue;
  • Electric vehicle charging station available at Walgreens (3141 Tremont Road) and soon to Whole Foods (Lane Avenue);
  • A solar-powered crosswalk is in service at the intersection of North Star Road and Guilford Road;
  • All food scraps (375 pounds) from the 2012 Labor Day Arts Festival were composted and 168 bikes were parked, traveling a combined 799.4 miles to the 2011 event;
  • The City's outdoor lighting standards follow the Dark Skies® model in order to preserve the night sky;
  • The 25,000 SF of rain gardens at Sunny 95 Park remains the largest installation in central Ohio; and
  • All traffic signals and pedestrian crossing signals have been converted to LED bulbs.

Finance Department

The Finance Department, under the direction of the Finance Director, is responsible for the audit and maintenance of all City financial records and accounts including all assets and liabilities in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The director is responsible for the custody, investment, and disbursement of all City funds and follows the investment policy as established by Council.  The department also maintains effective and efficient procurement procedures, provides accurate and efficient payroll services, ensures enforcement of the income tax ordinance, and provides accurate centralized billing services for the stormwater utility fees, solid waste service fees, miscellaneous fees, and user charges.

The City of Upper Arlington is proud to have attained a Triple A bond rating status from both Moody's Investors Service and S & P Global. These rating designations represent the highest rating possible and enable the City to obtain the lowest interest rates when issuing debt.
 

Budget

Biennially, the Finance Department prepares the Municipal Services Program of Services Budget that details the City's budget by fund, department, operating and capital. The City's Finance Department has been recognized nationally since 1990 by receiving a biennial Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officer's Association. A governmental unit must publish a document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as an operations guide, as a financial plan and as a communications medium.
 

2017-2018 Supplemental Budget

2017-2018 Adopted Budget 

DRAFT 2017-2018 Supplemental Budget

2015-2016 Supplemental Budget

2013-2014 Budget

2011-2012 Budget
Introduction | Overview | Funds | Departments | Capital | Appendix | 2011-2012 Supplemental Budget 

Financial Reports

The Finance Director performs his functions in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio and the City of Upper Arlington, including obtaining an individual financial audit and the preparing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) from the City's financial records. Each year's CAFR includes the Independent Auditor's Report, Management Discussion & Analysis, Basic Financial Statements, Notes to the Basic Financial Statements, Budgetary Comparison Schedules, and a Statistical section. 
 
Each year since 1987, the Government Finance Officer's Association (GFOA) has recognized the Finance Department with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.  The Comprehensive Financial Report has met the high standards of demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story.
 
The department also produces the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) annually. This publication has been designed to provide residents with a user-friendly snapshot of the City's revenues and expenditures, capital reinvestments and more.
 
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News & Notices

  • Summer Celebration
    Parks & Recreation Department's annual Summer Celebration event.
  • Construction Updates
    The Westwood Avenue reconstruction project begins May 23. The Reed Road reconstruction project between Lane Rd and McCoy begins next Tuesday but watch for project staging later this week.
  • Revised Plans Submitted for Arlington Gateway Project
    Revised and expanded plans for the Arlington Gateway Project on Lane Avenue have been submitted for BZAP review. A Special BZAP hearing is scheduled for June 4th at 6 PM.