Development Code

The City Commission passed the Development Code update on April 18th, 2023, with Ordinance O-2-23.

The new code went into effect on May 18th, 2023. The code is now located in “Title XV: Development Code” of the Piqua Code of Ordinances.

The Development Code provides minimums standards for construction and land use within the city and helps guide development toward the stated goals of the community’s plans. The Development Code will help Piqua achieve greater walkability, downtown growth and revitalization, adaptive reuse opportunities, and greater design quality and beauty within the city.

General Provisions
Displays the legal requirements of the code.
Zoning DistrictsIntroduces a pallet of 26 districts, compared to the current code, which has 11 districts. These additional districts facilitate the context-sensitivity required to protect and enhance Piqua's neighborhoods and business districts. 
Use Standards
Provides clear standards for individual uses that may require additional consideration over and above the form-based characteristics of the zoning district. 
Development StandardsIllustrates additional site and building-specific design standards, installing landscaping, drive-thru and parking lot construction, permissible building materials and elements, permitted signage, and other site features. Fence installations will now require a permit, which will help the City and the homeowner communicate plans and expectations to prevent future issues with neighbors. 
Environmental Protection 
An introduction of a balanced approach to tree preservation ensures that tree canopy can be maintained for future generations and a minimum development buffer for riparian areas like streams and rivers to prevent erosion and promote the growth of native trees and plants.
Subdivision and StreetsDeveloping greenfield lands into completed places with functioning roads, buildings, and infrastructure begins with planning the layout of lots, future right-of-ways, and the locations of other necessary infrastructure. Standards within this article ensure the long-term viability of the decisions made in the early stages of development and serve to protect the interests of the future users and owners of the site, as well as affected neighbors. 
Outlines the administration of the code.
DefinitionsProvides a single glossary of terms for easy navigation.