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2007 Community Plan

Introduction

What is the Community Plan?

The Community Plan is the key policy guide for decision-making about Dublin’s built and natural environments. The plan contains recommendations to guide development strategies for the unincorporated areas to the northwest of Dublin and for unincorporated ‘islands’ of land surrounded b
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Regional Context

Dublin’s Place and Development in the Region Dublin was founded in 1810 as a farming and trading village. Substantial development did not occur until the 1970s with the completion of Interstate 270, the construction of the Ashland Chemical Company research and development center, and
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Planning Process

The 2007 update of the Community Plan was a multi-year effort that included an extensive two-year public input process, an assessment of existing conditions, the development of alternative future land use scenarios and the testing (via computer models) of multiple alternatives for tra
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How to Use the Plan

The Dublin Community Plan is to be used as a guide for the City’s land use and development decisions. Dublin will continue working cooperatively with surrounding jurisdictions, and the Plan provides guidance on a variety of issues such as: community character, land use, environmental
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Foundations

City Mission Statement

Dublin’s mission statement serves as the City’s broadest public policy directive. Dublin City Council adopted the mission statement in 1993 to define the major impetus behind all municipal actions: The City of Dublin strives to preserve and enhance the unique high quality offered to t
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Building Blocks

As the mission statement evolved through the 1997 Community Plan process, individual visioning statements related to critical elements of the Plan were created that represent the community’s values. The following brief descriptions are the building blocks that are reflected throughout
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Character & Environment

Community Character

A community’s character is shaped by both physical and intangible elements. It is the essence of a place and what one remembers long after leaving and that which is described to others. The image of a community is not static – it can and will change over time. The City of Dublin’s pos
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Environment

Existing Conditions Dublin’s topography varies greatly; from relatively flat, open plains in the west, to rolling terrain and exposed limestone outcroppings along the Scioto River basin. While some of Dublin’s stream valleys, particularly along the River and in eastern portions of the
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Land Use

Background

Taking a look back Since 1995, Dublin’s residents and policy-makers have desired a plan that would control future traffic congestion to the greatest extent feasible, while maintaining appropriate land uses and continued fiscal health. It was recognized that although development patter
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Existing Land Use

View larger map The City of Dublin maintains an inventory of existing land uses within the 34-square-mile land use and fiscal modeling area (planning area) as shown in the Existing Land Use map. The planning area corresponds to water and sewer contract boundaries established with the
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Land Use Principles

Based upon extensive public input, discussion with City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission, and evaluation of community expectations and future needs, ten land use principles were developed to serve as the basis for evaluation of future development proposals. City Council
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Key Planning Issues

As with the 2007 Community Plan, Dublin’s housing and commercial needs have been identified as critical issues throughout the course of the planning process, informed by changes in the housing and commercial markets identified in Dublin and throughout the region over the previous five
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Future Land Use Map

View Larger Map The Future Land Use Map classifies all parcels within the Dublin planning area with a recommended land use, each shown with a different color. The map is supported by a detailed description of Land Use Classifications, which explain the general character of each land u
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Community Facilities

Municipal Offices and Other Public Buildings

The City of Dublin’s Council-Manager form of government provides for the election of a City Council to enact ordinances, levy taxes, appropriate funds, establish municipal policy and the general direction of City government. Day-to-day administration of City services is directed by a
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Parks, Recreation and Open Space

Existing Parks, Recreation Facilities and Open Space Parks and open space play an integral part of the values and community fabric of Dublin.  As noted by the City’s official slogan, “It’s Greener in Dublin,” great emphasis is placed upon parkland dedication and attention to open spac
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Schools and Education

The area included in this Plan for land use and fiscal evaluation is served by three school districts: Dublin City Schools, Hilliard City Schools and the Jonathan Alder Local Schools. District boundaries rarely follow municipal boundaries or even property lines, making a clear definit
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Libraries

Existing Conditions The Columbus Metropolitan Library operates a branch at 75 North High Street in Historic Dublin. The branch was opened in 1980, expanded in 1990 and occupies about 20,000 square feet and serves as an important civic anchor in the Historic District. More than 160,000
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Postal Services

Existing Conditions The Dublin planning area includes two Dublin zip codes (43016 and 43017), Powell (43065), Plain City (43064), Hilliard (43026) and the Amlin zip code (43002). The older Dublin post office (11,497 square feet) is located at 75 Shawan Falls Drive. Another 31,4800-squ
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Religious Institutions

Existing Conditions Religious institutions and other civic buildings provide additional locations for services, civic activity and interaction. The Dublin area is served by at least 40 religious institutions, many of which have undergone tremendous growth in the past few years. Severa
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Cemeteries

Existing Conditions In 2005, the City of Dublin published “The Cemeteries of Dublin, Ohio: History in Stone,” creating the first known compilation of cemetery information about the Dublin area. The city has many historic cemeteries and burial grounds of record, as well as other unmark
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Health and Human Services

Existing Conditions Human service programs and medical services are planned for and are offered by several organizations that include the City of Dublin’s Recreation Services, City of Dublin Volunteer Resources, Dublin Counseling Center, Dublin Youth Athletics, Dublin Soccer League, t
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Historic Preservation

Shier Rings Road Corridor Study

The City of Dublin began an inventory of important roadway corridors 2009 to review land use, roadway design, and roadside character.
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Dublin-Jerome Crossroads Area Plan

The crossroads of US 33, State Route 161 / Post Road and Hyland Croy Road is under immense development pressure and will change significantly in the coming years. In order to produce the best possible future for this area, a multi-jurisdiction cooperative effort was formed to create a
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Bright Road Area Plan

The City’s Planning Division has initiated an update to the Community Plan’s Bright Road Area Plan. The last major update of the Bright Road Area Plan occurred with the update of the Community Plan in 2007. Since that time, the final phase of Emerald Parkway has been completed through
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Dublin Community Plan Going Digital

Dublin’s Planning Division is in the process of converting its award-winning Community Plan to an entirely digital format. This is being done to allow easier updates and make the Plan more user-friendly. Look for more interactive maps and graphics to better explain some of the Plan’s
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What is the Community Plan?

The Community Plan is the key policy guide for decision-making about Dublin’s built and natural environments. The plan contains recommendations to guide development strategies for the unincorporated areas to the northwest of Dublin and for unincorporated ‘islands’ of land surrounded b
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153.057 General Purpose

The primary purpose of the Bridge Street Corridor (BSC) districts is to implement the Vision Principles for development and redevelopment of the Bridge Street District consistent with the directions articulated in the 2010 Bridge Street Corridor Vision Report.
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153.058 BSD Districts Scope and Intent

The following Bridge Street Corridor (BSC) districts are hereby created. The districts described by §153.058 are intended to be used for all land within the Bridge Street Corridor.
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153.059 Uses

Permitted and conditional uses available in each BSC district are shown in Table 153.059-A
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150.060 Lots and Blocks

(A) Intent The intent of §153.060 is to establish a network of interconnected streets with walkable block sizes organized to accommodate multiple modes of transportation. The street network includes certain streets designated as principal frontage streets to create continuous, pedestr
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Fiscal Health

Existing Conditions

The City of Dublin’s financial condition remains strong, having consistently achieved the highest bond ratings available from both Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service. The City has maintained a AAA rating from Fitch Ratings since 2001 and a Aaa rating from Moody’s since 2004.
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Projections and Fiscal Impact Analysis

For the 2007 Plan update, TischlerBise, Inc. was contracted by the City of Dublin to conduct a fiscal impact analysis evaluating the overall aggregate impacts of land use scenarios projected to the year 2030, as described in Land Use. The analysis summarized the fiscal impacts of futu
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Land Use Analysis

A Cost of Land Use Study was also completed by TischlerBise for new residential and nonresidential development. A Cost of Land Use Study examines the fiscal impact of prototypical land uses currently being developed in the city and as anticipated in the future. In this type of analysi
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Demographics

Trends

This demographic profile of Dublin highlights general characteristics and trends of the local population, including household size, educational attainment, employment characteristics, commuting trends and general housing types. In addition to these basic indicators of current conditio
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Projections

Projections of housing, employment and population growth are based upon a comparison of existing residential and nonresidential development relative to the future land use expectations and established densities of the Land Use Plan. Inventories and estimates of existing land uses and
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Utilities

Municipal Service Agreements

The City of Dublin does not own or operate wastewater treatment facilities or a water treatment facility instead supplying these basic public services through arrangements with other jurisdictions. The city provides water and sanitary sewer service primarily through contracts with the
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Sanitary Sewer

Existing Conditions The sanitary sewer collection system for the City of Dublin contains seven major sanitary trunk sewers and seven sewer tributary areas. The sanitary sewer tributary areas include: Deer Run Sanitary Trunk Sewer North Fork Indian Run Sanitary Trunk Sewer South Fork I
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Water Supply

Existing Conditions The City of Columbus water supply is supported by both surface water and groundwater sources and is the primary source of drinking water for the city. The City of Columbus is currently in the process of improvements to increase the system’s water supply and safe yi
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Stormwater Management

View Larger Map Existing Conditions Unlike sanitary sewer and water systems stormwater flow is naturally occurs by way of swales, creeks, and rivers, each of which contributes to a larger drainage area called watersheds. This means that the City cannot impair, and needs to proactively
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Implementation

Using the Plan

The Dublin Community Plan is a comprehensive planning guide that provides a compilation of policy objectives and strategies recommended for implementation. To be effective the Plan should be used on a regular basis to gauge public and private decisions concerning development, redevelo
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