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File #: 2952-2019    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/5/2019 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 12/9/2019 Final action: 12/12/2019
Title: To amend various sections of the Chapter 3109 of the Columbus City Code in order to establish standardized terms for area commissioners and to specify the Department of Neighborhoods as the city department designated for providing assistance to area commissions.
Sponsors: Rob Dorans
Explanation

BACKGROUND:

The Department of Neighborhoods is amending Columbus City Code Chapter 3109 and providing supportive best practices that will help residents, neighborhood groups, business and property owners and city staff have consistent experiences and expectations for engagement with all Columbus Area Commissions. The recommended best practices will provide standard operating procedures to facilitate communication, zoning review, meeting management, process, organization and policy for all Columbus Area Commissions.

The amendments will:

· Remove confusion regarding Area Commissioner terms, appointment status and ability to vote by standardizing Area Commissioner terms to three years.
· Ensure all Area Commission seats can be filled and meeting quorums achieved by capping the maximum number of Area Commissioners per organization at 17.
· Specify that it is the role of the Department of Neighborhoods to work with Area Commissions. The "city" is currently listed.
FISCAL IMPACT: No funding is required for this legislation.

Title

To amend various sections of the Chapter 3109 of the Columbus City Code in order to establish standardized terms for area commissioners and to specify the Department of Neighborhoods as the city department designated for providing assistance to area commissions.

Body

WHEREAS, the Department of Neighborhoods is responsible for providing assistance to and oversight of area commissions in compliance with Columbus City Code 3109 and is authorized to recommend amendments to this code, and

WHEREAS, the amendments to Columbus City Code Chapter 3109 were recommended to the Department of Neighborhoods and Columbus City Council by Area Commission members through surveys, in-person retreats and discussion during Area Commission meetings, and

WHEREAS, the Department of Neighborhoods recommends this proposed code change to Columbus City Council for adoption; now, therefore,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUM...

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