Committee seeks feedback on zoning process, March 2 at 5:30pm
WANTED: Your input on city council’s zoning update process and policies
Hosted by Councilmember Rob Dorans, tomorrow’s meeting agenda includes discussion of exclusionary zoning policies, council priorities, and the city’s zoning code update.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 2 at 5:30pm
WHERE: In-person and online
WHAT: Council’s Zoning Committee will hold a public hearing to share updates to City Council’s zoning procedures under the leadership of new Zoning Committee Chair Rob Dorans and hear feedback from the community on the zoning process.
Residents and neighborhood organizations are invited to share testimony and offer suggestions to improve the current zoning/variance process and future reforms (see below!). Written testimony must be received by 4pm on the day of the hearing and emailed to Kevin McCain at email@example.com.
Zoning reforms for consideration
If you support adding more housing to Central Ohio, here are some strategies you can propose to the zoning committee:
Allow four-plexes by-right throughout the city. This would mean that in any area of Columbus, a residential structure of up to four units would be allowed without a variance.
Eliminate outdated parking minimums that increase the cost of housing
Re-examine height restrictions, especially along transit corridors
Permit accessory dwelling units (ADUs) throughout the city
Prioritize/expedite approval process for projects that increase housing stock (as opposed to projects removing housing units)
When demolishing or significantly renovating residential structures, require the replacement of at least the same number of housing units
Create permit pathways for innovative housing options like co-living, cooperative residences, and tiny homes
Include requirements or incentives (like density bonuses) for sustainability measures like permeable pavement and tree plantings
Diversify housing voices and consider the housing needs of future residents, not only current homeowners
Consider thoughtful policy links between employer tax incentives and the creation of new housing
Show your neighbors you support more housing and welcome new residents!
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