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News Date: June 05, 2019
City Rolls Out Zoning Notification Sign Program
The City of Columbus wants to make sure every resident knows when major projects or zoning changes are being considered in their community. A new pilot program proposed by Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy will require every proposed zoning change to be publicly posted so that neighbors are aware of the change and can participate in the early stages of the process.
“We want communities to be aware of potential changes in their neighborhoods,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “This program adds additional transparency to the city’s rezoning process.”
The notification pilot, currently underway in the Near East, South Side and Northland areas, alerts neighbors when parcels in their community are under consideration for rezoning by requiring a sign on the property.
“Having served several terms on the Northland Community Council, I have seen firsthand how projects can be made better with strong community input,” said Columbus City Councilmember Emmanuel Remy. “The zoning notification signs will enable community members to make their voices heard.”
Signs will be issued by the Building and Zoning Services Department when the rezoning application is first filed and placed at the parcel by the applicant. Each sign will include a unique application number as a point of reference. It will also include a phone number and email address to contact the zoning case manager for additional information, including public hearings scheduled to review the application.
“As the Zoning chair for City Council, I hear from many community members that are caught off guard when a rezoning occurs,” said Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson. “This program will ensure community members have adequate time to voice their thoughts and participate in the rezoning process.”
“One of the biggest complaints we hear at zoning meetings is that residents didn’t know about the proposal until late in the process,” Remy said. “These simple new signs should address the problem.”
The pilot program began June 1, 2019, and is scheduled to run through the end of the year.