Columbus Downtown Commission

The Downtown Commission was formed in 1997 with the adoption of the Downtown District chapter (CC 3359) of the Columbus Zoning Code. Adoption of the code resulted in all of Downtown's 4,000 plus parcels being combined into a single zoning district where most uses are permitted pending design review. A major update to the district and a set of companion Design Guidelines were adopted by City Council in July 2013.

The Downtown Commission functions as the district's development review body-serving as the Development Commission, Board of Zoning & Adjustment, and Graphics Commission for the downtown. The Commission evaluates applications based on their compliance with the provisions of CC 3359 and the Downtown Design Guidelines. The Commission also considers city adopted plans and policies for the downtown and related applicable regulatory requirements.

Those looking to submit an application for review by the Downtown Commission should refer to the Information for Applicants resource for details on the process. The blank application form is linked below.

Meeting Information

Meeting Date:
4/27/2021 @ 8:30 AM
Application Deadline:

Meeting Results

April 2021 Minutes

Meetings and Calendar:

Meetings are generally held on the 4th Tuesday of each month-with the exception of November and December-at the City of Columbus, 111 N. Front Street, Hearing Room (Room 204) at 8:30 a.m.

Please note:  Meeting dates and locations are subject to change or cancellation. You are encouraged to contact the Planning Division for confirmation.

Additional information on how to participate or view a meeting as well as requesting meeting accommodations can be found here.


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