Chapter 122:26-1 SiteOhio Certification

122:26-1-01 Definitions.

(A) "Certification" means the verification that an eligible project meets all of the scoring criteria as established by the director of the Ohio development services agency.

(B) "Director" means the director of the Ohio development services agency or his or her designee.

(C) "Program policies" mean the detailed guidelines for the "SiteOhio" certification program approved by the director of the Ohio development services agency and available online at http://siteohio.development.ohio.gov.

(D) "Recipient" means an eligible applicant and the site owner(s) whose site has received certification under the "SiteOhio" certification program.

(E) "Recertification" means the verification that a site with an existing "SiteOhio" certificate continues to meet all of the scoring criteria as established by the director of the Ohio development services agency.

(F) "Site" means the collective parcels of eligible project property, or portion of such a parcel, and any improvements to it, as described in the application.

(G) "SiteOhio certificate" means the document the recipient receives from the director of the Ohio development services agency following certification.

(H) "Site owner" means a person or political subdivision holding a real estate title to the site, as defined in this rule.

(I) The terms used in section 122.9511 of the Revised Code are also applicable to the "SiteOhio" certification program.

Effective: 8/17/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/17/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 122.9511(E)
Rule Amplifies: 122.9511

122:26-1-02 Eligible applicants.

(A) An application shall identify one eligible applicant. The eligible applicant shall be the site owner or a representative authorized to submit an application on behalf of the site owner(s).

(B) The applicant shall designate a sole point of contact for the site.

(C) The eligible applicant shall comply with any other criteria the director determines is necessary.

Effective: 8/17/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/17/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 122.9511(E)
Rule Amplifies: 122.9511

122:26-1-03 Application process.

(A) An eligible applicant shall submit an application that complies with the program policies as established by the director which are available online at http://development.ohio.gov/redev/siteohio.htm.

(B) Applications for the "SiteOhio" certification program may be submitted for a site located in any county in the state of Ohio.

(C) The director shall evaluate an application for completeness using the scoring criteria and scoring instruments which are available online at http://siteohio.development.ohio.gov, and materials required by the director. The director may request that an applicant provide missing or additional information. An applicant may only submit missing or additional information upon request by the director. If an applicant does not submit the requested information within a timeframe established in the program policies or the application does not meet all the scoring criteria, the director shall issue a rejection letter notifying the applicant.

(D) A rejection letter issued by the director for a specific application does not prohibit an applicant from resubmitting an application for the same site at a future time.

(E) The decision by the director to approve a site for certification is final and may not be appealed.

Effective: 8/17/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/17/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 122.9511(E)
Rule Amplifies: 122.9511

122:26-1-04 "SiteOhio" certification process.

(A) The director shall issue an approval letter and a "SiteOhio" certificate if the evaluation has determined that the eligible applicant's site meets the "SiteOhio" certification program requirements and the required fees have been paid.

(B) The "SiteOhio" certificate issued by the director shall include the name of the recipient(s), the address or location of the site, the utilities and infrastructure currently available at the site, and any additional information as established by the program policies.

(C) The certification is valid for three years following the issuance of the "SiteOhio" certificate.

Effective: 8/17/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/17/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: ORC 122.9511(E)
Rule Amplifies: ORC 122.9511

122:26-1-05 Monitoring and reporting.

(A) For a period of three years following the issuance of a "SiteOhio" certificate, the recipient shall file an annual status report with the director on a form approved by the director from time to time. The report shall detail progress of site marketing and any additional information that may be requested. If the director determines a recipient has submitted an annual report containing erroneous information or data not supported by records established and maintained under this rule, the director may, after providing notice, require the recipient to submit a revised report.

(B) The recipient shall establish and maintain for a period of at least three years from the issuance of the "SiteOhio" certificate all materials submitted to the director related to the site. The recipient shall make such records available for review and verification by the director as well as other appropriate state agencies.

Effective: 8/17/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/17/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: ORC 122.9511(E)
Rule Amplifies: ORC 122.9511

122:26-1-06 Recertification.

(A) Three years following the issuance of a "SiteOhio" certificate, the site is eligible for recertification by the recipient or another eligible applicant.

(B) The director shall issue an approval letter and a "SiteOhio" certificate once the director has received verification that the site continues to meet all of the "SiteOhio" certification program requirements and the required fees have been paid.

(C) The recertification "SiteOhio" certificate issued by the director shall include the name of the recipient(s), the address or location of the site, the utilities and infrastructure currently available at the site, and any additional information required by the program policies.

(D) The recertification is valid for three years following the issuance of the recertification "SiteOhio" certificate.

Effective: 8/17/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/17/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: ORC 122.9511(E)
Rule Amplifies: ORC 122.9511

122:26-1-07 Fees.

(A) Each applicant shall submit an application fee at the time of application in an amount established in the program policies. An application will not be evaluated by the director unless the application fee is paid. The application fee shall not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars. Application fees are non-refundable even if an application is withdrawn or incomplete.

(B) Each eligible applicant that is approved for "SiteOhio" certification shall pay a certification fee within thirty days of receipt of the director's approval letter in an amount established in the program policies. A "SiteOhio" certificate will not be issued by the director unless the certification fee is paid. The certification fee shall not exceed five thousand dollars. Certification fees are non-refundable.

(C) Each recipient issued a "SiteOhio" certificate shall pay a recertification fee at the time the recipient requests recertification in an amount established in the program policies. A recertification "SiteOhio" certificate will not be issued by the director unless the recertification fee is paid. The recertification fee shall not exceed three thousand five hundred dollars. Recertification fees are non-refundable.

(D) Application, certification and recertification fees shall not exceed eleven thousand dollars in total.

Effective: 8/17/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/17/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: ORC 122.9511(E)
Rule Amplifies: ORC 122.9511