City of Columbus Current Projects

City of Columbus Current Projects 2017-10-31T14:02:10+00:00

Columbus Central Neighborhood Plan

Over the past 6 years, the neighborhood surrounding the former Golden Casting Foundry has changed dramatically.  This neighborhood, once a significant industrial presence in the City, has seen several former factories replaced with multi-family developments or repurposed as stores and restaurants.  This continued change in neighborhood composition has led to a number of questions about the future character of the area, particularly related to whether the condition of the streets and sidewalks can accommodate the new residents in the neighborhood, whether more residents can be supported in the neighborhood, and how potential conflicts between new residents and existing industrial uses can be minimized.  In order to address these questions and guide long-term development in the area, the Planning Department initiated the development of the Columbus Central Neighborhood Plan.  The Department partnered with Design Collective, a planning and design firm based in Baltimore, to prepare the document.


The Planning Department recently hosted a 3-day public workshop (Columbus Central Neighborhood Plan Workshop Poster) to gather input for the Plan.  Community residents were invited to share their thoughts about  neighborhood assets, neighborhood concerns, opportunities for improvement, and what the neighborhood should look like in 10-20 years.  Please view the closing presentation (below) to review the draft recommendations developed during the workshop.

Columbus Central Neighborhood Plan Closing Presentation

Please continue to check back with the Planning Department as the recommendations for the Columbus Central  Neighborhood Plan continue to be refined and for future opportunities to provide input.

For more information about the Columbus Central Neighborhood Plan, please contact Emilie Pinkston, Senior Planner, at or at 812.376.2550.


Neighborhood Commercial Access and Design Study


Neighborhood commercial centers are small-scale commercial developments located within or near the boundary of residential neighborhoods.  These centers are intended to provide value to surrounding residential areas by offering necessity goods, services, and amenities within walking distance of homes.  However, commercial uses can sometimes be bothersome to nearby residential neighbors.  The Neighborhood Commercial Access and Design Study was initiated by the Planning Department to  explore the benefits of neighborhood commercial uses and to identify how these benefits can be offered to Columbus residents while minimizing the disadvantages often associated with living near commercial uses. Specifically, this study will (1) examine the extent to which residents of Columbus have convenient, nearby access to neighborhood commercial goods and services, (2) consider where a need for neighborhood serving uses may arise in the future, and (3) determine how neighborhood centers, if and when they’re proposed in the future, should be designed so that they are compatible with surrounding residential uses.

Once complete, the Neighborhood Commercial Access and Design Study will include a series of recommended Zoning Ordinance amendments and design guidelines that will influence the development of future neighborhood commercial centers in Columbus.

The Planning Department invites the public to the final draft presentation of this study, which will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on recommended Zoning Ordinance updates and design guidelines for future neighborhood commercial developments.  The event will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Meeting Hall of Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington Street.  The final draft presentation will begin promptly at 6:00pm followed by a public input activity.  Please view the final draft document below.  

Draft Columbus Neighborhood Commercial Access and Design Study  

For more information about the Neighborhood Commercial Access and Design Study, please contact Emilie Pinkston, Senior Planner, at or at 812.376.2550.