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.
Area of Enforcement (Click map for larger image)
|Developer or realtor with properties*
||Stephen Wittmann (Chair)
|Lawyer w/ land use law experience*
||Otto Beatty, Jr. (Vice-Chair)
|Architect w/ experience in downtown scale projects*
||Mike Lusk, AIA
|Professional w/historic resources rehabilitation experience*
||Robert Loversidge, Jr., FAIA
|Resident, urban designer w/ experience in downtown scale projects*
|At-Large (landscape architect, planner)
||Tedd Hardesty, ASLA, APA