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Stormwater Variance Requests

Three types of variances from the Stormwater Drainage Manual are possible: Downtown, Non-Stream, and Stream Protection. This  guidance document explains the application process. NOTE: An updated SWDM Guidance Document is forthcoming. Please contact [email protected] for questions related to this document and other SWDM variance issues.

Comments: If you would like to comment on a variance request, please submit them to [email protected]. Comments can be made up to fourteen (14) days after a request is posted. If you need additional time to comment, beyond the time allotted, please submit a request for a time extension with an explanation of why more time is necessary.

Interested Party List If you would like to receive notice of any stormwater variance requests the City receives, please send notice of your interest to [email protected].


VIEW SUBMITTED VARIANCE REQUESTS: many are large PDF files

Trevcor Business Center Phase II - 4281 Hamilton Square Blvd
Type II Variance Request and all related files; Dated 4/14/2022; Posted 5/11/2022

Retreat At Scioto Creek - 4646 Hall Road
Type III Variance Request Dated April 2022; Posted 5/10/2022

Alkire and Norton Road Site
Type II Variance Request Dated 4/21/2022; Posted 5/3/2022

Buckeye Rail Yard Redevelopment 4882 Trabue Road
Type III Variance Request Dated 3/29/2022; Posted 4/13/2022
Stream Reforestation Plans
Stream Relocation Plans

Lakeside Village 4100 Lakeview Crossing
Type II Variance Request Dated 4/5/2022; Posted 4/13/2022

Carvana 8350 Lyra Drive
Type II Variance Request
Dated 1/6/2022; Posted 1/24/2022
Stormwater Management Report
Storm Sewer Plan Detailed Drawings, Grading, etc.
City Response Letter Dated 2/17/2022; Posted 2/25/2022

Rock City Church Polaris
Type II Variance Request
Dated 12/15/2021; Posted 1/21/22
Exhibit I - Full Compliance
Exhibit II - Minimal Impact
Exhibit III - Preferred Alternative
City Response Letter Dated 5/2/2022; Posted 5/5/2022

Directions for Youth and Family Services – 3840 Kimberly Parkway North
Type III Variance Request Dated/Posted 11/22/2021
Type III Variance Request Dated 1/28/2022; Posted 1/31/2022
SCPZ Plans Included with 1/28 Request
Response Letter to DPU Comments Included with 1/28 Request
Conditional Approval Letter (CAL) from DPU dated 2/24/2022; Posted 3/2/2022

Scioto Darby Preserve Commercial Development - Scioto Darby Executive Court 
Type III Variance Request Dated 6/9/2021 and Revised 8/13/2021; Posted 9/2/2021

KIPP Columbus West Campus Expansion - 2900 Inspire Drive
Type III Variance Request Dated 6/29/2021; Posted 7/1/2021 NOTE: Large PDF file
City Response Letter Dated 9/7/2021

London Groveport Road - Talbott Property
Type III Variance Request Dated 6/15/2021; Posted 6/18/2021
City Response Letter Dated 7/19/2021; Posted 7/28/2021

Brookwood Apartments 2685 East Livingston Ave
Type III Variance Request Dated 2/3/2021; Posted 5/6/2021
Revised Type III Variance Request Revised/Dated 8/26/2021; Posted 9/2/2021
City Response Letter Dated 9/20/2021; Posted 9/27/2021

Columbus Country Club Basin Modifications
Type II SWDM Variance Request Dated 3/8/2021; Posted 3/11/2021
City Response Letter Dated 5/27/2021; Posted 5/28/2021

Del Taco 1466 Harrisburg Pike 
Type III Variance Request Dated 1/15/2021; Posted 1/12/2021 
Variance Request Approval Letter Dated 2/8/2021; Posted 2/9/2021

OSU Wexner Medical Center Construction Staging Area
Type II Variance Request Dated 10/16/2020; Posted 11/2/2020
City Response Letter Dated 2/9/2021; Posted 2/22/2021

1383 Vida Way - Post Oak Station Renovation and Early Learning Center Development 
Type III Variance Request Dated 9/24/2020; Posted 10/12/2020
City Response Letter Dated 10/30/2020; Posted 11/2/2020

155 East Broad Street Plaza Type I SWDM Variance  
Type I SWDM Variance Request Dated 7/31/2020 & Cover Letter Dated 7/20/2020; Posted 8/17/2020
City Response Letter Dated 10/21/2020; Posted 10/23/2020

1431 Community Park Drive Type II SWDM Variance
Type II Variance Request
 Dated 6/15/2020; Posted 6/30/2020 NOTE: May have to use scroll bar once PDF files opens; scroll right.
City Response Letter
Dated 8/3/2020 (Posted 8/4/2020)
City Response Letter (to 5/9/2021 Resubmittal) Dated 6/14/2021; Posted 6/16/2021 

Columbus Crew Training Facility
City Response to Variance Request
Dated 6/26/2020; Posted 7/14/2020
Stormwater Variance Request 6/5/2020 

1431 Community Park Drive Type II SWDM Variance
Type II Non-Stream Protection Variance - Dated 3/19/2020; Posted 4/13/2020
Type II Variance Request - Dated 10/16/2019 (13 Pages) 

Sussex Place Section 3, Phases 1 & 2 Type III SWDM Variance
Type III Variance Request - Dated 9/17/2019 (16 Pages) 
City of Columbus Response-Conditional Approval (Posted 1/9/2020)

Research Alloys Type III SWDM Variance
Type III Variance Request - Dated 9/6/2019 (12 Pages) 
City of Columbus Response-Conditional Approval (Posted 1/22/20)

Wendler Commons Type III Variance 
Type III Variance Request - Dated 7/18/19 (40 Pages)
City of Columbus Response-Conditional Approval (Posted 8/20/19)

Compost Facility Type II SWDM Variance 
Type II Variance Request - Dated 5/20/2019  
City of Columbus Response - Conditional Approval Posted 9/19/2019

Municipal Light Plant Type I SWDM Variance
Type I Variance Request
- Dated 12/6/18 (Includes 14 pages)

Sancus Boulevard Apartments SWDM Variance

Type III Variance Request Posted 11/6/2018 (Includes 30 Pages)
Cover Letter, Introduction, Type III Variance, Tables, Maps & Attachments
Sancus Blvd Conditional Approval Letter Dated 12/13/2018

Greensward Road SWDM Variance

Type III Variance Request Posted 10/12/2018 (Includes 37 Pages)
Cover Letter, Introduction Type III Variance (Stream Protection), Mitigation, Conclusions, Tables and Exhibits

Comments Received from Public (Dated 10/26/18)
Response from EMH&T to 10/26/18 Comments (Response Dated 11/6/18)
Response from EMH&T to Comments Received during 12/4/18 Meeting (Response Dated 12/12/18)

OARS Site Restoration SWDM Variance
Type II Variance Request Posted 6/18/2018 (Includes 177 Pages- May need to adjust view or scroll right or left to see entire document)
Introduction, Site Development Alternatives, Conclusions, Maps, Exhibits

Hyatt Place SWDM Variance
Revised Type III Variance Request
 
Posted 08/13/2019 (Includes 60 pages)

Introduction, Determination of the Stream Corridor Protection Zone, Type III Variance (Stream Protection), Mitigation, Conclusion, Tables, Summary of Alternatives
City of Columbus Response - Conditional Approval Posted 12/4/2019

Type III Variance Request Posted 6/6/2018 (Includes 36 Pages - May need to adjust view or scroll right or left to see entire document)
Cover Letter, Introduction, Determination of the Stream Corridor Protection Zone, Type III Variance (Stream Protection), Mitigation, Conclusion, Tables and Exhibits
Sierra Club Variance Comments Posted 8/8/2018
City of Columbus Request for Additional Information Posted 11/6/2018
Variance Guidance Letter Posted 11/6/2018
SCPZ Exhibits Posted 11/6/2018
Stream 100 Year Flood Elevation Posted 11/6/2018

SR 315 & North Broadway Interchange Improvements
Type III Variance Request Posted 5/03/2018 (Includes 18 Pages)
Appendix A: Project Location Map
Appendix B: Project Overview Map
Appendix C: Baseline Stream Information (Includes 13 Pages)
Appendix D: Meeting Minutes from December 5, 2016 Design Workshop (Includes 20 Pages)
Appendix E: Culvert Headwater Exhibits
Appendix F: Alternative Exhibits
Appendix G: Proposed Stream Mitigation Exhibits (Includes 16 Pages)

FLOW Stormwater Variance Comments Posted 5/16/2018
City of Columbus Response Posted 7/25/2018

OhioHealth East-West Road Improvements SWDM Variance
Type III Variance Request Posted 12/22/2017 

Columbus Regional Airport Authority Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (CRAA ConRAC)
Type III Variance Request Posted 12/12/2017  
Appendix B: Restoration Plan at the Former Eastside Nursery Site (As-Built Plan) Posted 12/12/2017
Appendix C: Walnut Woods and Wetland Monitoring Report-2016 Posted 12/12/2017 (Includes 356 Pages)

Jackson Pike Wastewater Plant Biosolids Land Application Improvements
J220 Biosolids Land Application Improvements-Stormwater Drainage Manual Variance Request Posted 08/03/2017  
City of Columbus Response posted 9/18/2017

Battelle South Development Project
Type II & III Variance Request
 Posted 7/13/2017 
FLOW Stormwater Variance Comments Posted 7/27/2017
City of Columbus Response posted 6/7/2018

Gateway Lofts
Variance Request Cover Letter
 Posted 7/13/2017
Gateway Lofts - Type II Variance from Stormwater Drainage Manual Includes 29 pages:  
City of Columbus Response posted 12/13/2017

Marble Cliff Quarry Development Project
Marble Cliff Quarry Development Project Variance Request Posted 06/12/2017
Marble Cliff Quarry Development Project Type II and III Variance Requests Posted 02/04/2019 
ariance Disposition Letter from E.P. Ferris and Associates, Inc. in response to 3/19/2019 comments (Response dated 4/8/2019)
Response Letter Posted 06/18/2019

Marble Cliff Quarry Development Project Type II Stormwater Variance Request Posted 09/04/2019 

City of Columbus Response - Conditional Approval Posted 10/25/2019

OhioHealth Administrative Offices and North Parking Lot
View Comments from Friends of the Lower Olentangy (FLOW) Posted 7/13/2017
OhioHealth Admin Offices and North Parking Lot Variance Request Posted 06/21/2017
City of Columbus Response posted 7/31/2017

Family Dollar-Courtright Road
Family Dollar-Courtright Road Variance Request  Posted 09/15/2016
Includes Variance Request Letter, Exhibits 1, 2 & 3 (proposed alternatives)
City of Columbus Response 10/20/16 includes Tree Protection and Mitigation
Design Contractor Response 10/28/16 includes site plans below:
Variance Site Plan
Site Plan - South Shift
Family Dollar Courtright SCPZ Variance Request  Posted 11/16/2016
Family Dollar Courtright Road Tree Mitigation Plan 01/11/2017 includes Tree Demolition Plan, Tree Planting Plan and Tree Planting Specifications 

UPS Trabue Road Expansion
UPS Trabue Road Expansion Variance Request  Posted 08/19/2016
Includes Variance Request Letter, Exisiting Site Overview Map, Minimum Impact Option, Proposed Work and Appendix B:Preconstruction Notification to the US Army Corps of Engineers Under Section 404 Nationwide Permit