Zoning 2018 Schedule & Application Guidelines

Pride Center, 248 E. 11th Avenue
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Please be advised that application deadlines are one week prior to the Zoning Meeting. Consult the posted schedule for specific dates. Cases received after the deadline will be considered at the following month’s meeting.


Application Overview

Application deadlines are one week prior to the Zoning Meeting. The Zoning Committee meets the first Monday of each month, except when a holiday falls on the 1st Monday.

Before you submit:

  •  Contact Zoning Chair – Susan Keeny, (937) 479-0201, slmkeeny@hotmail.com
  •  Contact City of Columbus Zoning staff – Office: (614) 645-7433; Weekdays: 9:00AM to 4:00PM
  •  Contact the University Area Review Board (UARB) to determine if your project requires a Certificate of Appropriateness. Contact: Dan Ferdelman @ (614) 645-6096; email: dbferdelman@columbus.gov.
  •  Work with zoning clearance & city staff to determine all variances needed.
  •  Fill out application submit copy of Zoning Variance Application to Zoning Chair (http://columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=67581)
  • Along with the application please include:
    1. Site plan showing both existing property/building and proposed project.
    2. Plans, building elevations, renderings & photos that best explain the scope of work
    3. Clear Statement of Hardship explaining why variances are being requested
    4. For Council Variances, please be able to explain why changes of use or changes to a CPD text are needed
    5. For Graphic Variances, please provide new signage plans/designs/ photos/renderings to explain variances being requested.

Application Process

Zoning Committee Review

The first step in the variance process is to schedule a meeting with the Zoning Committee.

At least seven (7) days prior to the zoning meeting submit application & materials, either electronically or as hard copies, to Susan Keeny, Zoning Chair. In addition to emailed copies, applicant is responsible for providing hard copies of presentation materials at all meetings. Contact zoning chair with further questions.

Commission Vote

Every case that appears before the Zoning Committee is also presented before the full body of the University Area Commission (UAC), which is a recommending body to the City of Columbus. The UAC meets the third Wednesday of each month and votes on the requested variances. This vote is communicated to the City (Board of Zoning Adjustment, City Council, and Graphics Commission) which has the final determination on all requests for variance.

The following parameters are for all participants in Commission meetings with regard to zoning cases, per our REVISED bylaws, Article IV – MEETINGS, Section 7.  These time limits will be adhered to for all zoning cases heard before the Commission:

  1. Zoning Committee presents the facts of the case – 5 min. max
  2. Applicant Presentation – 7 min. max.
  3. Zoning Committee report – 5 min. max
  4. Public comment (max 3 people each pro/con) – 2 min each (max). Only those who complete speaker slips prior to the case being heard will be considered for speaking based on the order the slips were received
  5. Commissioner discussion: Commissioner who wishes may speak once per round for 1 min (max) for 2 rounds. A Commissioner cannot save time for their second round or transfer their remaining time to someone else
  6. Applicant response – 3 min (max)
  7. Commission vote.
  8. A motion to extend the max time limits can be made at the beginning of the case stating which portion(s) should be extended and by how long. The motion must pass by two-thirds (2/3) majority with no debate on this motion.

Zoning Committee meets In the Pride Center, 248 E. 11th Avenue @ 6:30 PM.

University Area Commission meetings are held at the Northwood High Building, 2231 North High Street @ 6:30 PM.


2018 Zoning Committee Schedule




January 8, 2018
January 2, 2018
January 17, 2018


February 5, 2018
January 29, 2018
February 21, 2018


March 5, 2018
February 26, 2018
March 21, 2018


April 2, 2018
March 26, 2018
April 18, 2018


May 7, 2018
April 30, 2018
May 16, 2018


June 4, 2018
May 29, 2018
June 20, 2018


July 9*, 2018 (2nd Monday*)
June 25, 2018
July 18, 2018


August 6, 2018
July 30, 2018
August 15, 2018


September 4*, 2018 (Tuesday, after Labor Day*)
August 27, 2018
September 19, 2018


October 1, 2018
September 24, 2018
October 17, 2018


November 5, 2018
October 29, 2018
November 21*, 2018 (subject to change*)


December 3, 2018
November 26, 2018
December 19, 2018

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