City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

2018 Charter Review Commission

Upper Arlington Charter

Meeting Schedule
- 6 p.m., Tuesday, January 16, 3600 Tremont Road

- 6 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 3600 Tremont Road 

- 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 3600 Tremont Road 

- 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, 3600 Tremont Road 

- 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, 3861 Reed Road, UA Fire Station 72

- 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, 3600 Tremont Road 

- 6 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 3600 Tremont Road 

- 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, 3600 Tremont Road 

- 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 3600 Tremont Road 

A Charter Review Commission is scheduled to begin a review of the current Charter in January of 2018. The Commission is comprised of 10 members, selected by each member of the 2017 City Council and the three Council-members Elect. These members are: John C. Adams (Chair), Bob Dunn, Megan Heydlauff, Mary Ann Krauss, Maria Mone, Matt Petersen, Jon Secrest, Rich Simpson, Elizabeth Fenner Yassenoff, Julie Bruce Zogbaum. The City Manager and City Attorney, or their designees, will serve as non-voting ex-officio members of the Commission.

The review process is expected to last approximately four months, beginning in January. Should this review process result in proposed amendments, City Council may place these proposals on the November 6 ballot.


About the City Charter
The Charter of the City of Upper Arlington is considered the most important legal document for the City, since it defines the organization, its structure, functions and essential procedures. The City Charter must be reviewed by a Council-appointed Commission of at least seven members once every 10 years at a minimum. Any proposed amendments to the Charter require a vote of the residents of Upper Arlington. 

Any emerging recommendations from a Commission for possible amendments to the Charter must be made to City Council. Council then determines if the proposed amendments have merit and should be put to a vote at the next General Election.


A brief history of the Upper Arlington Charter

  • The first Village Charter was adopted in 1919, with a commission form of government;
  • Upper Arlington was incorporated as a City in 1941 when its population exceeded 5,000 residents.
  • In 1956, citizens voted to amend the City Charter, adopting a Council-Manager form of government.
  • Updates to the City Charter were last made in 1998. No changes were recommended from a 2008 review.

Date of Record: 2018-01-08