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Council Strengthens Area Commissions, Cementing Critical Neighborhood Partnerships

[COLUMBUS, OH] Columbus City Council is listening and learning from residents how to support and empower neighborhoods. On Monday, December 9, 2019, Council passed Ordinance 2952-2019 to strengthen our grassroots leaders – Area Commissioners.

"Our ultimate goal is to empower local leaders with the tools they need to help build a stronger City," said Councilmember Rob Dorans. "We are grateful to our Area Commissioners for their service, insight and leadership. Working together, we can improve the quality of life for everyone in our community." 

In 2018, Columbus City Council and the Department of Neighborhoods embarked on a mission to strengthen Area Commissions. As a result of two years of feedback, the Department proposed two changes to City Code to address the standardizing operations across Commissions.

The vote standardized Area Commissioner terms to three years and designated the Department of Neighborhoods as the primary source to work with Area Commissions.

Feedback during public hearings resulted in Council omitting the original proposed change to limit the number of commissioners at 17 who can serve on one Area Commission.

"Many of the members were against capping the number at 17 area commissioners that can serve," Dorans continued. "We listened and removed that provision."

"This ordinance is just the first step in supporting our partners in the success of the City. We are working to secure more funding to share and increase resources for Area Commissions to help them perform their important work."