City Planning

Walnut Hills Form-Based Code Zone Changes Public Meeting

Oct. 16




For 5 years, Walnut Hills residents, business owners, and property owners have worked towards bringing a new tool for economic development to the neighborhood. It is called Form-Based Code and will replace the City’s current zoning code in parts of Walnut Hills, specifically around the business district at Gilbert & E. McMillan.

On Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., you are invited to ask questions and learn more about what this means for you, your property, and the neighborhood. The meeting will be held at the Bush Recreation Center (2640 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206).

Why did Walnut Hills pursue this new way of zoning?

  1. Form-Based Code zoning will allow the development of vacant land in the neighborhood business district into mixed-use development, where housing, retail, and office space can co-exist —just like Walnut Hills used to be! The current zoning requires the separation of uses, making the desired development more difficult.
  2. Form-Based Code zoning primarily focuses on the form of the buildings, and the use of the building is secondary. Walnut Hills’ Code, created by Walnut Hills’ stakeholders, shows developers the type of new construction the neighborhood wants to see.  This zoning was initiated and created by Walnut Hills' community members.
  3. Form-Based Code zoning emphasizes people and public spaces.
  4. Form-Based Code zoning will streamline the development process and provide more predictable results for both the community and developers. The Code will provide specific information on what the neighborhood wants to see here.


Comments and/or questions may be directed to:

Alex Peppers, City Planner

Department of City Planning and Buildings

Two Centennial Plaza

805 Central Avenue, Suite 720

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

(513) 352-4853 (fax)

(513) 352-4855 (phone)

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