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File #: 0506-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/21/2017 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 3/27/2017 Final action: 3/29/2017
Title: To supplement the Columbus Zoning Code, Title 33, with a new Section 3312.051, to create the Short North Special Parking Area, and to amend Section 3303.01 by adopting a definition for “Art Gallery.”
Sponsors: Shannon G. Hardin, Jaiza Page
Explanation

BACKGROUND:

The City of Columbus recognizes that public on-street parking as well as off-street parking for individual businesses and residential land uses may be limited in some areas. In an effort to achieve specific development or traffic initiatives in these areas, Chapter 3312.05 of the Columbus City Code allows for the creation of a special parking area.

Special parking areas can be established with different parking requirements that aid in balancing the needs of both residents and businesses in the defined area. Special parking areas benefit the community by enhancing efforts to review and manage parking impacts and demands.

In an effort to evaluate parking pressures in the Short North, a parking study was completed in 2015. Creating a special parking area with appropriate parking requirements and payment in-lieu process was a key recommendation in developing alternative options to address parking needs.

The in-lieu fee establishes a process to effectively manage parking when residential and non-residential developments do not satisfy the parking requirements within the special parking area. This process requires developers to pay a fee in-lieu of providing all or a portion of the parking spaces required by the special parking area. The revenue generated from the fees will focus on enhancing parking and mobility initiatives to balance the parking needs within the special parking area.

The Columbus Development Commission reviewed and recommended approval of this amendment at its monthly public meeting held on December 8, 2016. Columbus City Council held a public hearing at the Goodale Park Shelter House on January 10, 2017, to offer an opportunity for residents and developers to learn more about the proposal and provide input.

FISCAL IMPACT: The potential revenue generated from the prescribed fees will be dedicated to enhancing parking and mobility initiatives to balance the parking needs within the special parking area.

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