University District Master Plan
- September 25, 2013 1:34 pm at 1:34 pm #98910
City, OSU Have High Hopes for New University District Plan
Published on September 25, 2013 6:00 am
By: Brent Warren
The City of Columbus held the first of four public meetings on the future of the University District last night. The meetings are part of a year-long process that will result in a new plan meant to guide development in the area for the next ten years.
Planning Administrator Vince Papsidero said that the plan will address issues such as land use, urban design, redevelopment and future infrastructure investments. He also stressed that while the University District presents some unique challenges (like scarce parking and other issues that stem from having dense student housing in single-family neighborhoods), it also has some unique strengths.February 12, 2014 7:39 pm at 7:39 pm #551857
So, round two was last night. It was good to see that the folks in the development department took to heart many of the recommendations from round 1. It will probably make the new urbanists sad, but the proposed low to mid density areas were greatly expanded and the high density areas restricted to High St. and the core student housing areas.
Links are for the various presentations and comment forms.
Link to project website:
Link to online version of the public workshop:
http://development.columbus.gov/univdistrpwsurvey2/February 12, 2014 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm #551858
The parking standards are what is most problematic. 2 spaces for every house? 1.5 for every multi-unit? That’s just asking for a lot of teardowns for surface parking. And the height maximums are too low across the board. You have tons of buildings right on campus that are higher than any of those maximums, but on High, you can’t go taller than 72 feet? Come on.February 12, 2014 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm #551859
The parking standards are what is most problematic. 2 spaces for every house? 1.5 for every multi-unit? That’s just asking for a lot of teardowns for surface parking. And the height maximums are too low across the board.
That’s the existing standard.February 12, 2014 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm #551860
That’s the existing standard.
I’m not sure how that changes the point. It’s too high.February 12, 2014 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm #551861
If current housing meets code, there shouldn’t be more parking lots constructed. I’m not sure if the parking requirements are too high. Most students drive to their off campus housing and park their cars. They might not use them everyday. Until there are other transportation options where kids from Wapakoneta or Warren can get here without their car, there have to be parking options. Maybe a remote lot? When I was a student my parents drove me to school and dropped me off and I walked. But those were the ’80s and times have changed.February 12, 2014 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm #551862
If current housing meets code, there shouldn’t be more parking lots constructed.
I’m talking about new projects more than existing. Not to say that every new build will go the surface route, but it leaves that door wide open. I would also imagine that reduced parking requirements would help spur additional development in the area.February 12, 2014 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm #551863
I’m talking about new projects more than existing. Not to say that every new build will go the surface route, but it leaves that door wide open. I would also imagine that reduced parking requirements would help spur additional development in the area.
The View on High seems to be building underground parking but that’s an extreme example. Other large projects might have structured parking.February 13, 2014 3:18 pm at 3:18 pm #551864
Density and Parking Revisted in Draft University District Plan
Published on February 13, 2014 10:15 am
By: Brent Warren
Since kicking off the University District planning process in September, the city’s Planning Division has been compiling input and drafting a land use plan to bring back to the neighborhood for further review. About sixty people attended a meeting on February 11th in which those recommendations were presented. The proposals include new guidelines for density and changes in the amount of parking developers are required to provide for new residential projects.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/density-and-parking-revisted-in-draft-university-district-plan-bw1March 22, 2014 9:26 pm at 9:26 pm #987423
You’ve got about a week to submit feedback for this round: http://columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?ekfrm=66539
Yes, a lot of the questions are double-barreled, some ask if you support something only Ultra-Hitler would oppose, and #6 asks you to support or not support a statement about the role of design guidelines, but there are open-ended options to provide more nuanced responses and getting public feedback is a step in the right direction. And, if you’re a skeptic at heart, submitting online puts your feedback in the publicly subpoena-able public record.
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