Architectural Review Board

Before any changes can be made to a property in the Historic District, the plans must be approved by the Architectural Review Board. The ‘ARB’ was established in 1983 by a Village ordinance to review proposed constructions, alterations, and additions and to review proposed repairs to signs, fences, and other exterior construction and to review colors of approved painting and roof work within the Historic District established by Council, and to issue or refuse a Certificate of Appropriateness for the proposed work.

The Architectural Review Board meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Village Council Chambers. Requests for a hearing before the Board must be submitted in writing to the Village Office by the first Monday of the month prior to the scheduled meeting.

Why does the Village have an Architectural Review Board?
The mission of the ARB is to help maintain a high standard of community development and the principles of town planning, to protect and preserve property, to promote the stability of property values and to protect real estate from impairment or destruction of value for the general community welfare by regulating the exterior architectural characteristics of structures throughout the defined Historic District. It is the further intent of the ARB to preserve the distinctive historical and architectural character of this community which has been greatly influenced by the architecture of an earlier period, as acknowledged by listing of the Village of Mariemont in the National Register of Historic Places on July 24, 1979. 

Planning Commission

Before any Building Permits can be approved and issued for a property within the Village, the plans must follow the requirements of the Village Zoning Code. When a proposed project either does not match the zoning district type of use or zoning code restriction requirements, a petition may be submitted to the Planning Commission for review and grant or refusal of the variance application. The Planning Commission may grant the variance application as submitted, grant variance with agreed to modifications, table the variance application for resubmission by applicant or for a future meeting, or deny the variance request.

The Planning Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the Village Council Chambers. Requests for a hearing before the Board must be submitted in writing to the Village Office by the first Wednesday of the month prior to the scheduled meeting.

What does the Planning Commission do?
The powers and duties of the Planning Commission shall be to frame and adopt a plan to district the Village into zones and to control and regulate the property setbacks, height, design and location of buildings and other structures and the uses thereof in those zones or districts. From time to time, the Planning Commission may recommend modifications or additions of zones or districts within the Village limits, pending final approval by the Village Council. The Planning Commission also acts as a Zoning Board of Appeals and is delegated power to hear and determine appeals from any decision, including the grant or refusal by the Building Commissioner of building or other permits, where such decision, grant or refusal is based on the requirements of the Zoning Code. The Planning Commission also reviews and makes recommendations for lot splits and lot consolidations, and conversions of multifamily dwellings structures into condominiums for the Mayor to approve.