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File #: 1405-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Tabled Indefinitely
File created: 5/28/2021 In control: Zoning Committee
On agenda: 11/15/2021 Final action:
Title: To grant a Variance from the provisions of Sections 3332.289, Prohibited uses and activities; and 3332.21(D)(2), Building lines, of the Columbus City codes; for the property located at 3351 KARL RD. (43224), to permit shipping containers for accessory storage with a reduced building line in the R-3, Residential District (Council Variance #CV21-028).
Attachments: 1. ORD1405-2021_Attachments, 2. ORD1405-2021_Labels
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting Details
11/15/20211 Zoning Committee Taken from the TablePass Action details Meeting details
11/15/20211 Zoning Committee Tabled IndefinitelyPass Action details Meeting details
11/1/20211 Zoning Committee Adopt the findings of staff as the findings of Council Pass Action details Meeting details
11/1/20211 Zoning Committee Tabled to Certain DatePass Action details Meeting details
10/25/20211 Columbus City Council Read for the First Time  Action details Meeting details

Council Variance Application: CV21-028

APPLICANT: Gary Hartman; 3351 Karl Road; Columbus, OH 43224.

PROPOSED USE: Shipping containers for accessory storage.


CITY DEPARTMENTS' RECOMMENDATION: Disapproval. The lot is developed with a single-unit dwelling and a detached garage in the R-3, Residential District. There are two existing shipping containers adjacent to the garage for which a zoning code violation was issued in September 2020. The applicant proposes to legitimize existing conditions for the containers to be used for accessory storage. A Council variance is necessary to allow the use of salvaged shipping containers for storage on a residential lot. A variance to reduce the building line along Urana Avenue from 10 feet to 7 feet for the shipping containers and to zero feet for the existing dwelling is included in the request. The site is located with the planning boundaries of the North Linden Neighborhood Plan Amendment (2014), which recommends “Low-Medium Density Residential” land uses at this location. Staff does not support this request noting that the use of shipping containers on a residential lot as accessory structures for the storage of personal property is not consistent with the residential character of the neighborhood. There is currently a working draft of an update to the Zoning Code that will explicitly prohibit the use of shipping containers as accessory structures on residential lots as they are industrial in nature and incompatible with neighboring residential properties. Staff encourages the owner to instead utilize sheds or similar outbuildings which are permitted and because they are more ordinarily appurtenant to a dwelling and more compatible with the neighborhood.


To grant a Variance from the provisions of Sections 3332.289, Prohibited uses and activities; and 3332.21(D)(...

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