Village of Boston Heights OH, Planning and Zoning Code


Office/Professional District (OP)


1157.01 Purpose.

1157.06 Yard Requirements.

1157.02 Permitted uses.

1157.07 Intensity of Use.

1157.03 Conditional uses.

1157.08 Storage and Waste Removal.

1157.04 Prohibited Uses.

1157.09 Off-street Parking Requirements.

1157.05 Height regulations.



General Provisions - see P. & Z. 1151.04

Bond Requirements - see P. & Z. 1151.06(d)

Design and fireproofing of buildings - see P. & Z. 1151.04(c)(3)

Height extensions - see P. & Z. 1171.02

Signs - see P. & Z. 1179



Ordinance 5-2003 replaced former O-1 district (1160) with OP district.


1157.01 PURPOSE.

This district is established to provide for uses principally to accommodate offices such as company headquarters and research centers, and professionals such as doctors, dentists, and lawyers, rather than the sale of goods. It is intended that this district will have a much lower impact both visually and from a traffic standpoint than other business uses, and so act as a transitional district between the residential district and the other business districts.

(Ord. 12-2005. Passed 3-9-05.)


In the Office/Professional District, no building or premises, unless otherwise provided in this Zoning Ordinance, shall be erected which is arranged, intended or designed to be used except for the following:

(a) Administrative, executive, legal, financial, accounting, clerical, design, engineering, drafting, medical, dental, orthodontia, ophthalmological.

(b) Offices and sales offices, provided the display areas or showrooms do not exceed twenty percent (20%) of the usable floor area of the building.

(c) Accessory uses which do not exceed thirty percent (30%) of the usable floor area of the building and which are clearly incidental to the principal uses permitted in this section.

(Ord.12-2005. Passed 3-9-05.)


The Board of Zoning Appeals may issue conditional zoning certificates for uses listed herein and subject to the general requirements of Section 1145.04 and Chapter 1151:

(a) Restaurants, barbers, hair dressers and other services supporting an office complex, also bed and breakfast establishments.

(b) All accessory or conditional uses as permitted in the section Office/Professional District shall satisfy the following conditions:

(1) Such use shall serve employees in office development.

(2) Such use shall not be the principal use or primary use of any free standing building.

(3) Such use shall not occupy more than 30% of the usable floor area of the building.

(4) Such use shall not have an entrance leading directly outside of its building.

(Ord. 12-2005. Passed 3-9-05.)


(a) Adult entertainment Establishments as defined in Section 1162.02.

(b) Crematorium.

(c) Pinball and mechanical electronic games are not permitted except in incidental entertainment use in bars, night clubs, and taverns holding a valid hard liquor license. They are also permitted when allowed by Chapter 711 of the Codified Ordinances regulating amusement devices.

(d) Sale of fireworks and like items.

(Ord. 12-2005. Passed 3-9-05.)


Except as provided in Chapter 1171, no building shall be erected in the Office/Professional District to a height in excess of forty feet, measured from the natural grade of the building line to the highest point on the roof, except that these provisions shall not apply to the height of a clock tower, wireless tower, chimney stack tower, scenery loft, or to the mechanical appurtenances part of such building. The above such projections shall not exceed ten feet above roof peak. All other projections in excess of ten feet must be approved by the Planning Commission.

(Ord. 12-2005. Passed 3-9-05.)


(a) Setback Lines. The setback line for any building or structure erected shall be a minimum of seventy-five feet from the public right of way subject to Section 1151.04.

(b) Front Yard. The front yard shall be landscaped in accordance with Section 1151.09. A sidewalk with a minimum width of six feet shall be contiguous with those sides which contain the entrances to the building.

(c) Side and Rear Yards. Every building or structure intended for business use, shall have a rear and side yard each of which shall have a width of at least fifty feet from the rear and side lot lines. On the street side of a corner lot, such side yard shall be the same in width as that required for front yards.

(d) Storm Drainage. Drainage shall discharge into a common closed conduit which is to be located in the right of way of streets, alleys or easements. In no case shall the Planning Commission approve a storm drainage system which involves swales, roadside ditches, etc. as a means of conveying surface drainage from the sites.

(Ord. 12-2005. Passed 3-9-05.)


(a) Minimum Lot Area. The minimum lot area shall be four acres. Structures and buildings shall not occupy more than thirty-three percent (33%) of the total lot area. The minimum lot area required herein may be reduced by Council after receiving a report from the Planning Commission.

(b) Open Areas. Exclusive of driveways, parking and building areas, each lot shall contain twenty-five percent (25%) of its total lot area in landscaped open area. Any buffer of undeveloped land required by Section 1151.04(a) of the Planning and Zoning Code shall be included in the calculation of the 25% required by this subsection.
(Ord. 12-2005. Passed 3-9-05.)

(c) Size of Building. No building constructed for use in the Office/Professional District shall exceed 30,000 sq. ft.

(Ord. 22-2005. Passed 9-14-05.)


Ample inside or enclosed storage space must be provided for commercial debris, waste and garbage. Storage space must be contiguous to the main building and all storage items shall be screened from the parking lot and roadway. Removal and disposal by owner of the debris, waste or garbage is required to maintain a neat and orderly premises.

(Ord. 12-2005. Passed 3-9-05.)


Parking lots shall not be closer than fifteen feet to side or rear lot lines, which shall be devoted to green space. Parking lots shall be so constructed or landscaped as to make parked vehicles inconspicuous from the street. Off-street parking in the Office/Professional District shall also be subject to the regulations of Section 1151.07.

(Ord. 12-2005. Passed 3-9-05.)


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