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:

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.

Community Meeting Reminder

The applicant for a variance at 4409 N. High St. (Jimmy John’s) will have a neighborhood meeting tonight, January 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave. This is an informal meeting to get neighborhood input set up at the request of the applicant. No votes will be taken. Randy Ketchum, CAC District 6 Commissioner, facilitated setting up the meeting .

The application will be formally heard by the Zoning and Variance Committee of the Clintonville Area Commission on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m., at the Clinton Heights Lutheran Church. The application will also likely be heard by the Clintonville Area Commission on February 2, 2017. That meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Whetstone Library. 

You can address your questions or concerns to CAC District 6 Commissioner Randy Ketchum,; Stephen Hardwick, Chair, Zoning and Variance Committee,; or your own Commissioner. You can find contact information for all of the elected commissioners on the area commission website.  

Age-Friendly Columbus

CCC Advisory | Age-Friendly Columbus to Release Findings Report

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther
Councilmember Michael Stinziano
MORPC Executive Director William Murdock
AARP State Director Barbara Sykes

Wednesday, February 1

Dodge Community Center
667 Sullivant Ave.


Age-Friendly Columbus will release its Findings Report from a year-long assessment researching age-friendliness in the City of Columbus. Following opening remarks and announcement of the findings, a panel of Age-Friendly Columbus administrators will be available to take questions. 

Age-Friendly Columbus is a city-wide initiative to ensure that individuals of all ages and abilities can remain in their neighborhoods and live a high quality of life independently.

Water Main Break

From Matt Cull:

“There was a water main break on Olentangy River Road that is affecting much of Clintonville.  I spoke to the city and they said there’s a crew working on it, but they could not give me any kind of a time-frame for a fix.”