IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ON NEW APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS OR APPROVAL AND UPDATES ON COMMISSION HEARINGS
For information on new application deadlines for a Certificate of Appropriateness (or Approval) for June, and additional information on a new application review process, visit here.
PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, beginning on May 16, 2020 and until further notice, all commission and board meetings staffed by the Planning Division will be held in a digital format with members attending via WebEx. For additional information and to learn how to participate, visit www.columbus.gov/planning/hpdra
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.