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File #: 0029-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 12/26/2019 In control: Zoning Committee
On agenda: 1/13/2020 Final action: 1/15/2020
Title: To grant a Variance from the provisions of Sections 3332.033, R-2 residential district; and 3356.03, C-4 permitted uses, of the Columbus City Codes; for the property located at 2012 LOCKBOURNE RD. (43207), to permit senior housing multi-unit residential development in the R-2, Residential District and C-4 Commercial District (Council Variance #CV19-110).
Attachments: 1. ORD0029-2020_Attachments, 2. ORD0029-2020_Lables

Council Variance Application: CV19-110

APPLICANT: Homeport; c/o Laura MacGregor Comek, Atty.; 501 South High Street; Columbus, OH 43215.

PROPOSED USE: Multi-unit residential development.


CITY DEPARTMENTS' RECOMMENDATION: Approval. The site, comprised of one parcel zoned in the C-4, Commercial, R-2, Residential and ARLD, Apartment Residential districts, is partially developed with a discount retail store. The requested Council variance will allow a 40-unit senior housing development to be constructed on the undeveloped part of the parcel. A variance is necessary because the C-4 and R-2 districts do not permit senior housing developments. The site is within the planning area of the South Side Plan (2014), which recommends “Community Commercial” uses for this location, including retail, office, hotel, or institutional uses. Additionally, the Plan includes early adoption of the Columbus Citywide Planning Policies (C2P2) Design Guidelines (2018), which state that connectivity between developments via public streets is encouraged, and where public streets are not feasible, pedestrian connections should be considered. This proposed development will be subject to a competitive funding process by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development which requires certain land attributes including compliant zoning. Staff supports the Council variance process to assist in this state funding application process; however, this ordinance includes a condition that a Certificate of Zoning Clearance will not be issued until a follow-up rezoning to an appropriate zoning district has been completed. The Planning and Traffic Management Divisions do not object to this limited Council variance request, but have requested the following from the applicant when the follow-up rezoning application is filed: greater pedestrian connectivity, building elevations, and increased on-site landscaping and/or street trees...

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