Dublin has slated two open houses to present draft development code for the Bridge Street corridor to property owners and stakeholders.

Dublin has slated two open houses to present draft development code for the Bridge Street corridor to property owners and stakeholders.

The two meetings, slated for May 2 and June 8 at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road, will give the public a view of the overall plan, the proposed development code and potential rezoning in the Bridge Street corridor, as well as an opportunity to comment and ask questions.

The Bridge Street corridor encompasses about 6 percent of Dublin and stretches along state Route 161, between Sawmill Road and the U.S Route 33 and Interstate 270 interchange.

Proposed plans call for redevelopment in the area and encourage multi-use, walkable, urban-style development.

The proposed code for the corridor was presented to Dublin City Council, the planning and zoning commission, the architectural review board and the board of zoning appeals during an April 14 joint session.

"The Bridge Street corridor is expected to look much different than the rest of Dublin, with a denser, mixed-use environment that maintains Dublin's commitment to the high-quality development standards we have established over the past four decades," Steve Langworthy, director of land use and long-range planning, said in a news release from the city. "While it only comprises 6 percent of Dublin's total land mass, the Bridge Street corridor draft development code will use a new approach to development regulations. The draft code, which incorporates many elements of a 'form-based code,' will include regulations that are critical to establishing a walkable, urban character while placing the utmost importance on development quality and economic competitiveness."

The two open houses will serve as the next step for the code, public affairs officer Sue Burness said, and will seek to generate comments from the public.

"We're encouraging people to look at the code proposed and come to the meetings, and they will be taking comments from stakeholders to board and commissions," she said. "This is different from what anyone has seen before, and we want people to understand the code."

Videos and information on the form-based code proposed for the Bridge Street corridor are online at Dublin.oh.us/BridgeStreet.

"We hope it will be a working session where (stakeholders) will learn and realize some of the changes taking place in the district and how their land will be affected," Burness said.

The open-house meetings will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. May 2 and June 8.

The next joint sessions for Dublin City Council, the planning and zoning commission, the architectural review board and the board of zoning appeals are slated for May 24 and June 20. At 6:30 p.m. May 24, the groups will discuss comments from the first session, the transportation network, a utility-modeling update and an introduction to the Bridge Street corridor fiscal analysis.

At 6:30 p.m. June 20, the groups will go over transportation, utility- and fiscal-analysis update and the adoption of the Bridge Street corridor code and area rezoning.

Agendas could change, and the locations for both joint sessions have yet to be announced.