CAC agenda for June 1st meeting: 7 pm Whetstone Library Community Room

Clintonville Area Commission Meeting Agenda

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 7-9 pm

Whetstone Library Community Meeting Room

Commissioners in attendance: David Vottero, Nancy Kuhel, Libby Wetherholt, Judy Minister,  Matthew Cull, Randy Ketcham, Jason Meek, Chris Allwein, D Searcy

Commissioner(s) absent and excused:

7:00 p.m. Call to order by Chair & introduction of commissioners

7:03 p.m. Consideration of prior meeting minutes – Commissioner Cull


7:05 p.m. Community Update — Isom Nivins

7:15 p.m. Treasurer’s report — Commissioner Meek

7:18 p.m. Election Committee – Commissioner Allwein

7:22 p.m. Zoning & Variance – Chair Stephen Hardwick



7:50 p.m. Discussion on Sponsorship of Medians

8:05 p.m. Discussion of Indianola Road Diet


8:20 p.m. Car2Go – Chet Ridenour

8:30 p.m. Salute to Outgoing Commissioners, D Searcy and Nancy Kuhel

District Reports

8:55 p.m.  ADJOURN


June 7 Historic Buildings Committee, 6:30 p.m.

June 15 CAC Organizational Meeting, 7 p.m.

Whetstone Branch of Columbus Library

The Clintonville Go Public Annual Community Meeting 

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,

Whetstone High School media center

June 27 Planning & Development

7 pm, Clinton Heights Lutheran Church

Zoning & Variance

7:30 pm, Clinton Heights Lutheran Church

July 6 Next CAC meeting, 7 p.m.

Delicious news for Beechwold? Zoning & Variance Agenda 5/30/17

Please note agenda item 5. B- GD Ritzey’s plans for Clintonville location
Draft Agenda
Zoning & Variance Committee
Clintonville Area Commission
Clinton Heights Lutheran Church

15 Clinton Heights Ave.
Columbus, OH 43202
May 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
  1. Call to order.
  2. Approve agenda.
  3. Previous meetings’ minutes.
  4. Announcement: If needed, the next meeting will be June 27, 2017 (moved up one week to avoid the Independence Day holiday).
  5. Applications:
    1. 420 E. Beaumont: Reduce minimum side yard from 5′ to 3.7′, 3332.26; reduce total side yard from 12’ to 9.5′, 3332.25. Application here. Site plan here. Photos here and here. “Cover and ASB Plans” here. “New Plans” here. “Elevations” here. “New Sections & Roof” here. “New Electric & Details” here. District 8. 
    2. 4615 N. High St.: Reduce building width from 60′ to 39′, 3372.605(B); reduce sight triangle from 10′ to 5′, 3321.05(z). District 6.Application here.
  6. Other business.
  7. Adjournment.

After consideration by the Committee on May 30, 2017, the applications will likely be heard by the Clintonville Area Commission on June 1, 2017. The CAC meeting starts at 7:00 at the Whetstone Library. 

Please address any questions about committee proceedings to Stephen Hardwick, Chair,hardwick.zoning@gmail.comYou can find contact information for your elected commissioner here.  

Background Information:

The Zoning and Variance Committee receives and reviews all applications for rezoning, variances, graphics and other zoning adjustment appeals and special permits located in the Clintonville area. The Committee then makes a recommendation to the Clintonville Area Commission (“CAC”). The CAC’s members are elected, and the CAC serves as the official voice of the community to the City. Final decisions are made by City Council, the Board of Zoning Adjustments, the Development Commission, or the Graphics Commission.

The official webpage of the Clintonville Area Commission is here.
The Commission’s Bylaws are here and here.
The Clintonville Neighborhood Plan is here and here.
You can find information about the City’s zoning agencies, including agendas, minutes, and pending applications, here.

City of Columbus Neighborhood & Community Grants.

It’s that time of year again, time to apply for the City of Columbus Neighborhood & Community Grants.

The City of Columbus will disburse nearly $20,000 for grants in 2017. The maximum grant amount is $1,000 per application and per organization. All one-day events will be limited to $500.All applicants must attend an information session in order to apply and be eligible for a CNC Grant.  Below are the details about the upcoming information session:


Who:              Anyone interested in applying for a 2017 City of Columbus Neighborhood & Community Grant (CNC)

            What:             Grant Information Session (Required)

            When:            Wednesday, May 24, 2017

            Where:          Jerry Hammond Building (Continental Room), 1111 East Broad Street, Columbus 43205

Time:             4:00pm – 5:00pm and 6:00pm – 7:00pm  (There are 2 sessions to choose from, you will only need to attend one.)  *If you received a grant in 2016 and have not completed the close out process (final report with required documentation), you will not be eligible for a grant in 2017.*

During the information session, attendees will receive the grant application dates, deadline, etc.  Only those attending the May 24th session will receive applications.

If you have questions, please contact Gale Gray at 614-645-1950.

Columbus Neighborhoods & Community Grants

Department of Neighborhoods

CAC Election Results

The Clintonville Area Commission Elections Committee has determined the uncertified results of the CAC election held today.

District 1 – David Vottero – 7 votes

District 2 – Khara Nemitz – 116 votes
– Matthew Brown – 102 votes

District 9 – B.J. White – 16 votes

Election complaints must be submitted to the Election Committee Chair in writing and delivered to the Whetstone Library no later than the close of business on Thursday, May 11, 2017.


CALL TO ACTION: The commissioners of the Clintonville Area Commission are joining BJ White, the commissioner-elect for District 9, in asking all residents of Clintonville to call the GateHouse Media office (740)888-6000 to request that the Clintonville Booster be delivered to each home. Once that request is made, a weekly call to Andrea Lanum @ (740)549-4314 to report either the successful delivery (or the lack of it) will keep the issue at the forefront of their attention.

The price of advertising for each ThisWeek newspaper is based on prospective reader circulation. For any business owners reading this call to action, the advertising price should be an important issue since, quite obviously, TheBooster is not being circulated to the number of readers the publication claims. When asked, the circulation office claims that the carrier in the area is the problem. They need to get better carriers. Published below is the list of pickup locations where residents can pick up a copy of TheBooster. If you can’t find a copy there, call the circulation office also.

Let’s hold GateHouse Media, LLC accountable for their claims and get TheBooster back on EVERY doorstep in the Clintonville Area Commission Area.

PickUp Locations:











Matt Brown, Candidate, District 2 (running opposed)

Bio – Matt Brown

Professionally – Matt is a city and regional planner with over 10 years of experience working with communities and stakeholder groups. He is passionate about helping communities preserve their natural areas and agricultural land, maintain community character, and provide transportation options for everyone.

Matt has served as Franklin County’s Planning Administrator for the past 3 years. As Planning Administrator, he oversees the work of the planning and zoning staff of the Economic Development and Planning Department. Matt is experienced developing recommendations for, and presenting to, Franklin County’s planning and zoning boards on development proposals requiring variances and rezonings. Through his community planning experience Matt has managed and led robust, multi-phased community engagement processes, facilitated discussions with residents, businesses, and elected officials on how they want their communities to look in the future, and worked with these stakeholders to identify solutions for achieving their desired future. In addition to land use planning activities, Matt served as Franklin County’s lead in developing the Columbus and Franklin County Local Food Action Plan. This plan identified actions to strengthen the local food economy, to increase resident access to healthy food and to prevent food-related waste.

Matt serves on the Franklin County Local Food Council, the Ohio District 3 Natural Resources Assistance Council, and the Ohio State University Extension State Advisory Committee. Matt is a member of the American Planning Association and the Ohio Floodplain Management Association (OFMA). He is also a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). In 2011, Matt received the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Stewardship Award for his work implementing stream setback requirements in Franklin County. He also received a Distinguished Member Service Award from OFMA in 2014 for his service on the OFMA managing board.

Personally – Matt and his wife, Hanna Greer-Brown, have lived on West North Broadway since 2008 and they have two young sons. Matt helps coach his oldest sons sports teams including basketball at the Whetstone Recreational Center and baseball through NCIL. Hanna works for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio and is the President of the Immaculate Conception School Advisory Board.

Matt also volunteers on the CAC Planning and Development Committee and the Clintonville Neighborhood Plan subcommittee.

I am running for the CAC to put the knowledge and experience I have gained as a professional planner to use in the neighborhood in which I live and raise my family. Clintonville is a desirable location for new development and we as a community must have a unified vision for how the community grows. The Clintonville Neighborhood Plan serves as this vision and new development/ redevelopment needs to adhere to the principles contained in the Plan. My priority as Area Commissioner will be to listen to the community and to use that input, in conjunction with my professional experience, to make decisions that will most benefit the neighborhood. I also want to work proactively with residents, developers, other Clintonville Area Commissioners, and the City to identify and implement solutions to problems before they become problems. Matt Brown

Khara Nemitz, Candidate, District 2, running opposed

Khara Nemitz- Answers to questions as posed by ThisWeek News:

Tell us about yourself:

I am a 48-year-old mother, spouse and interior designer. I have an eight-year-old son who attends Indianola Informal. My husband is an associate professor in the art department at OSU. His position at OSU is what brought us to Columbus from the east coast. I was born in Sweden. My family then moved back to the states. Since then I have lived in Colorado, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York City, and Connecticut. I met my husband, of 24 years, at the Maryland College of Art where I studied painting. After working many different jobs, I went to interior design school where I achieved a Master’s in Interior Design. I worked in the interior’s department of two exemplary architecture offices in New York City. When my son was born, I had the fortune of not working for three years. Within that time we moved twice: once to New Haven, Connecticut and then on to Columbus. I now work for Huffman & Huffman, an interior architecture and design office, in New Albany. Some of the things I enjoy are: reading, baking, the Arts, being outdoors and traveling.

How long have you lived in Clintonville:

I have lived in Clintonville for five years. We moved to Brighton Road the summer of 2012 after renting in German Village for two years. We moved here for many reasons: Clinotnville Elementary School, accessibility by foot to interesting stores and restaurants, grocery stores, the library, a tailor and bus line to name a few things.

What do you do for a living?

I am an interior designer. I have a Master’s in Interior Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I went back to school when I was thirty and have been practicing ever since. I currently work for an amazing mother and son design studio in New Albany. We focus primarily on high-end residential design but also work on commercial projects.

What are your reasons for running for the commission seat:
I have an interest in promoting our neighborhood’s social well being through city planning, architecture and design. I believe that the quality of our lives is bettered by decisions that bring happiness and joy to our daily lives. Participating in the CAC will give me the opportunity to bring to the table my neighbor’s thoughts and concerns regarding the development of Clintonville.

I would describe myself as a candidate that supports thoughtful and responsible development in accordance with the Clintonville Neighborhood Plan. For example, the block right around the corner from where I live, at North Broadway and High, needs to be developed. It is an eyesore and a wasted opportunity to bring joy and beauty to our neighborhood. One idea for change is for the residents to work with the property owners to attract developers who would build something that would be acceptable to all parties and that would adhere to the guidelines of the Clintonville Neighborhood Plan. Residents I have spoken to would be happy to see the combination of a commercial and residential structure like you see further south on High Street. I would like to propose a “Health & Well-Being” zone with one story of residences above. This idea came from the success of the acupuncturist business. What if there were other businesses: massage therapy, Pilates, and yoga that were located her? What if there was a charming restaurant tucked in as well? (One where you could have a glass of wine along with your salad or hamburger.) Whatever is built should not be to the detriment of the school across the street or to the neighbors who live close by. Traffic flow must notbe ignored in our enthusiasm to build. Building codes must be adhered to unless there is a proven undue hardship. I want to make sure that all decisions regarding our neighborhood are centered on what is best for the residents of Clintonville.  Khara Nemitz