Land-Use Regs, Yellow Springs, OH

An eclectic village of about 3,500 people, Yellow Springs lies just outside Dayton and is home to Antioch College. The community prides itself on its spirit of individualism and creativity, yet recognized the need for land use regulation to protect its many prized assets – a thriving downtown business district, great restaurants, compact land use pattern, rich educational traditions and regionally popular bike trail. LSL was retained to craft a new zoning code that would correct the short-comings of the village’s decades-old code, reinforce the principles of the recently completed Village Vision, introduce new mixed-use concepts and needed flexibility, and structure the code to be truly user-friendly. Extensive public engagement was a hallmark of the process in this community where individual perspectives and community dialogue are highly valued.