Welcome to the Clintonville Area Commission

“Committed to the undertaking of the preservation of the values of the community through promotion, implementation and recommendation to city officials.”

The CAC was empowered in 1974 by the Columbus City Charter to represent the Clintonville community in the discussion of community concerns. By City Code, the purpose of the CAC is to “…afford additional voluntary citizen participation in the decision making in an advisory capacity and to facilitate communications, understanding and cooperation between neighborhood groups, city officials and developers”.

Highway Ramp Clean-Up Planned

KICKBUTTCOLUMBUS! Highway Ramp CleanUp Event will take place on
Saturday, March 25, 2017. It begins with a rally at Wolfe Park at 9 am. You can become part of a team or register an entire team to adopt one of the highway ramps in Columbus. There are 9 ramps that act as entrance ways into parts of Clintonville. Find some friends or co-workers and adopt a ramp.
Register a team at: www.kickbuttcolumbus.eventbrite.com

Adopt a ramp or be part of a ramp team. Register today at www.kickbuttcolumbus.eventbrite.com or call
614-645-2421 for more.

I-71 EXIT 117 SR 161

Team 2
I-71 Exit 116 at Morse Road

Team 3
I-71 Exit 115 at Cooke Road


Team 5
I-71 Exit 113 Weber Road


Team 22
SR315 Bethel Road


Team 24
SR316 W N Broadway

New Development Review Screening Forms

The committee that has been tasked with reviewing the Clintonville Neighborhood Plan (CNP) has developed two forms to replace the very long and complicated checklist that is included in the CNP. The forms were approved for use by the Clintonville Area Commission at its February meeting. One form is for use for residential development. The other form is meant for commercial development. The Zoning and Variance committee will expect those who apply for variances to fill out the appropriate form before they meet with the committee. Each form can be accessed in the Forms folder of the document page of this website.

March 2nd – CAC meeting- Topics include: Dixie Site

News Release from: Clintonville Area Commission – February 21, 2017

The location of the March meeting of the Clintonville Area Commission has been relocated to North Community Lutheran Church at 114 Morse Road. The 7 pm start time has not changed. The primary consideration for the location move is a scheduled presentation by Vision Development regarding their plans for apartments at the Dixie Warehouse site on Indianola Avenue. This presentation is the third requirement of the amendment to Section 3363.01 (File Number 2797-2016), approved by Columbus City Council on December 5, 2016. Said legislation states: “In order to obtain said zoning clearance approval, if the site of a proposed extended stay hotel lies within the boundaries of an area commission or civic association, the applicant shall formally consult with the area commission or civic association about the details of the project and shall submit documentation that said consultation has occurred.” For Vision Development’s presentation to the CAC, the key words in the legislation are “formally consult”. As it currently stands, the project will not need, and the developer is not asking for, a single variance. As the residents of Clintonville and the CAC need to understand what these words mean to our process, the chair of CAC researched what public participation means for project developments. A very helpful website was: https://www.epa.gov/internationalcooperation/public-participation-guide

As shown in this website, there are 5 levels of public participation:

Inform: provides the public with the information they need to understand the agency decision-making process. This level is on the spectrum to remind agencies that sometimes there is no opportunity for the public to influence decision-making and simply informing them is the appropriate activity.

Consult: the basic minimum opportunity for public input to a decision. Consult simply means to ask. There is no invitation to sit down together and work on things in any cooperative way.

Involve: the public is invited into the process, usually from the beginning, and is provided multiple if not ongoing opportunities for input as decision-making progresses. However, the agency is still the decision-maker and there is no expectation of building consensus or providing the public with any sort of highlevel influence over the decision.

Collaborate: the public is directly engaged in decision-making. Collaborate often includes the explicit attempt to find consensus solutions. However, as at involve, the agency is still the ultimate decision-maker.

Empower: provides the public with the opportunity to make decisions for themselves. The most common activities at this level are public voting or ballots, but there are other techniques available as well. In general, agencies are not permitted to delegate their decision authority to the public, and creating a fair, legitimate, and inclusive process for empowerment beyond basic voting is complex and challenging. Using these levels as a guide, a formal consultation would entail asking for public input that may or may not be incorporated into the plans. The goal of the public participation at this level is to obtain and consider public input and the promise is to consider public input and to provide feedback as to how that input influenced any of the developer’s ultimate decisions. The goal of the commissioners of the Clintonville Area Commission for the March meeting is to hear from Vision Development and to understand the parameters of their site plan. We want the community to have a full update on the future of the site and to thoughtfully consider those plans and offer ideas or thoughts on the plans. The commissioners look forward to a productive and informative exchange of ideas

Charter Review Committee

Charter Review Committee

Thursday, February 9
Friday, February 17
1 p.m.

Columbus City Hall
90 W. Broad Street

The Charter Review Committee is holding two additional working meetings to deliberate on information presented during its initial six sessions. Members will continue to form recommendations for the full report to be delivered to City Council and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.

CAC Election Information

Ann Henkener, Chair of the CAC Election Committee, announced at the February meeting of the Clintonville Area Commission, that election petitions will be available at the Whetstone Library by February 25. Commissioner positions from Districts 1, 2 and 9 will be up for election. Any resident of those districts is eligible to run for the position.

Henkener also announced that an orientation for candidates will be held at the Whetstone Recreation Center at 6:30, Tuesday, March 7.

CoGo to Expand to Clintonville

At the February Clintonville Area Commission meeting three students from The Ohio State University Knowlton School for  City and Regional Planning shared information regarding plans to expand the CoGo Bike Share System into parts of
Clintonville. Their group is hoping to field suggestions for spots in Clintonville where having the COGO bikes
would be desirable. Sites under consideration should  be in the city “right of way”.

The commission invites residents to check out the websites below, particularly the“Four Cities” and “Blog” bullets. Please contact the group with any ideas either by email or tweet.


February 2nd 2017, CAC meeting: Zoning & Variance Items

CAC recommendations on Z&V applications 2/2/17
2767 Indianola Ave. – Yes, to residential application
3632 Indianola Ave. – Yes, to sign demo permit
4409 N. High St – No, to parking variance. No, to drive through stacking variance.
231 Orchard Lane (side lot set back variance) Withdrawn, variance determined unneeded by the city of Columbus

Upcoming Meetings

January 31st- Zoning & Variance Committee meets to hear four variance requests. Meeting at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church 7:30 -9pm

February 2nd- CAC February Meeting. CAC meets at 7 pm at the Whetstone Library Community Room. CAC to consider variance requests and other agenda items.