City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

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 6:30 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.

2017 BZAP calendar


Variance Process

Should your improvement project not meet the City's zoning standards, a variance may be required.  A variance is a granting of relief from the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) standards, and can only be authorized by the Board of Zoning and Planning (BZAP).  In order for a variance to be granted, BZAP must find that practical difficulties unique to the property exist that prevent full compliance with the zoning requirement.  

BZAP Meeting Minutes


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News & Notices

  • Nine-story Arlington Gateway development
    A Special Board of Zoning & Planning meeting has been scheduled for September 5, 2017 (after the Work Session) to review an amended plan to increase the height of the development from seven stories to nine. Check here for details.
  • Proposed five-story J. Liu Restaurant & Hilton Home2 Hotel
    Board of Zoning & Planning review of the proposed J. Liu & Home2 hotel project has been postponed to Monday, August 28 at 6:30 PM. Continue to check this page for updates.
  • Luxe at Roosevelt Apartments
    On Monday, May 15, City Council overturned the Board of Zoning & Planning's decision to approve a four-story apartment building at 3140 Riverside Drive. Check here for more updates and details about the proposal.

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