Rezoning and development regulations for the Bridge Street corridor could be in place by the new year.

Rezoning and development regulations for the Bridge Street corridor could be in place by the new year.

Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are set for Dec. 1 and 8 and could have corridor recommendations before Dublin City Council this month.

Plans for revitalizing the Bridge Street corridor with walkable, urban-style redevelopment have been ongoing since 2009. The corridor includes Dublin’s core along state Route 161, from Sawmill Parkway to the Interstate 270 and U.S. Route 33 interchange.

The P&Z meetings, slated for 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building, will include a review of the draft development regulations and zoning map for the Bridge Street corridor.

“At this point, the Planning and Zoning Commission has been going through code, and they’ve reviewed proposed rezoning,” planner Rachel Ray said. “On Nov. 10, they heard from property owners (in the corridor) on whether they wanted to switch, and the commission reviewed the comments. On Dec. 1, they’ll continue their review, and at another on Dec. 8. Depending on how the review of code goes, they may be in the position to make a recommendation to council on code amendments and rezoning.”

The items P&Z has been working on include uses for different zoning districts, requirements for building types, landscaping and where buildings could be placed on land. The building-review process for the Bridge Street corridor also is being considered.

The approval process is designed “to ensure an efficient, predictable review process,” Ray said. “The commission is tweaking the process to make sure there is adequate public review.”

Dublin City Council has one meeting this month, slated for Dec. 12.

“At this point in time, the intent is to have a recommendation to council at the Dec. 8 meeting, and if not, by the first of the year so it can be to council early in 2012,” Ray said.

After the zoning and development regulations are approved, urban-scale, mixed-used development will be brought to the corridor.

“After (council approval), we will continue to work with property owners,” Ray said. “There’s a lot of momentum and interest in development in this area. We will be putting the pieces in place for development. É It will be market-driven; however, as with the capital improvement program, this will be revised each year, and we’ll look at what improvements may be needed in the Bridge Street corridor for development. That’s something the city will be working towards.”

For more information on the Bridge Street corridor, look online at Dublin.oh.us/bridgestreet/.

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