UMCH Development Update
January 19, 2022 Update
Worthington City Council adopted an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan at its January 18, 2022 meeting. The amendment provides revised language for the UMCH Focus Area.
Previous versions of Comp Plan and UMCH Focus Area:
See the table below for details on current zoning for the property.
December 14, 2021 Update
Worthington City Council voted unanimously at its December 13, 2021 meeting to deny the development proposal submitted by Lifestyle Communities (LC) for the former United Methodist Children's Home (UMCH) property.
If LC wants to submit a new application, it must wait at least six months after the October 2021 Municipal Planning Commission recommendation of denial, which would be mid-April 2022.
- Watch video of the 12/13/2021 meeting
- 12/13/2021 Staff Presentation
- 12/13/2021 LC Presentation
- 12/13/2021 meeting agenda and information packet
October 2021 Update
The Architectural Review Board and Municipal Planning Commission (ARB/MPC) voted to recommend denial of the Lifestyle Communities development applications at its October 14, 2021 meeting.
September 2021 Update
The City has received an updated development proposal from Lifestyle Communities for the former United Methodist Children's Home property. The original submission, which includes a mix of uses, was discussed at the January 2021 ARB/MPC meeting.
February 2021 Update
The Architectural Review Board approved demolition applications at its February 11, 2021 meeting allowing the property owner to demolish and remove existing structures on the site. The approval includes a restoration plan and schedule requiring the site to be restored and seeded within the approved timeline after the demolition.
The demolition approval does not give the applicant any additional rights as it pertains to their current development application before the City. The demolition will restore and prep the site for any ranges of uses that might occur from park space to a mix of uses in the future.
January 2021 Update
The proposal was discussed at the January 14, 2021 ARB/MPC meeting. No vote was taken. The applicant requested their proposal be tabled for discussion at a future meeting.
- Watch a recording of the 1/14/2021 ARB/MCP meeting
- Meeting Agenda and staff memo
- Application and development proposal (69.8 MB)
- Staff presentation at 1/14/2021 ARB/MPC meeting
- Applicant presentation at 1/14/2021 ARB/MPC Meeting
Additional Informational Materials:
- City Council questions to applicant with applicant answers - Submitted 1/14/2021
- City Council questions to staff with staff answers
- Economic Development Synopsis provided by applicant
- Multifamily Benefits - Housing Affordability Tool Kit submitted 1/13/2021 by applicant
See what to expect next in the process under the "How can I learn more about this proposal?” links below.
How can I learn more about this proposal?
The development application includes a request to rezone the property into a planned unit development (PUD.) Rezoning applications go through a review process that includes City staff, the Municipal Planning Commission, and finally the City Council.
How can I share feedback?
There will be opportunities for people to share feedback throughout the public process, including at all public meetings and forums.
People can also submit comments by email here. Submitted comments will be shared online and with the appropriate City staff and review body.
What are people saying?
The City is encouraging the public to learn more and provide feedback on the project proposal. Read more about what your neighbors are saying. All comments received by email or mail will be shared here.
|*Proposals that meet the current zoning requirements are still subject to review and approval by the Architectural Review Board.|
S-1 (majority of the property)
|S-1 or Special allows for a variety of public and semi-public uses. Examples include parks, recreational facilities, government buildings, service buildings for the storage and maintenance of equipment and material, schools, colleges, hospitals, churches or other religious uses and daycare centers. Additionally, Municipal Planning Commission can grant approval through the conditional use process for a public service facility, cemetery and/or caretaker’s residence.|
C-3 (about 9.2 acres along High Street)
|C-3 is Institutions and Offices and allows for administrative and business office; medical/dental office or clinic; business services; religious, charitable or philanthropic institutions, and the public and semi-public uses listed above. Additionally, Municipal Planning Commission can grant approval through the conditional use process for such uses as laboratories, nursing homes, banks, mortuaries, animal hospital or veterinary care center, child daycare or nursery school and public service facilities.|
C-2 (about 0.6 acres near High Street)
|C-2 is Community Shopping Center and allows for retail stores, administrative and business offices, medical and dental offices, personal services, essential services, entertainment facilities, restaurants, and public uses such as parks, recreational facilities, government buildings, service buildings for the storage and maintenance of equipment and material, and schools. Additionally, Municipal Planning Commission can grant approval through the conditional use process for such uses as lawn and garden centers, public service facilities, bakeries, dog and cat day care, and animal hospital or veterinary care center.|
R-10 (about 0.5 acres along Larrimer)
|R-10 is Low Density Residence and allows for single-family dwellings, public uses such as parks, recreational facilities, government buildings, service buildings for the storage and maintenance of equipment and material, and schools. Additionally, Municipal Planning Commission can grant approval through the conditional use process for a public service facility, plant production, child daycare, colleges, hospitals, churches and/or other religious uses.|
|The full list of permitted and conditional uses for all zoning categories is available in Chapter 1147 of the Codified Ordinances.|