City of Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department

City of Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department The Planning Department provides long-range community planning and current development review services for the City of Columbus and Bartholomew County.

The City of Columbus – Bartholomew County Planning Department provides both long-range community planning and current development review services for the City of Columbus and Bartholomew County. The Planning Department also provides zoning and subdivision control administration services for the Town of Hartsville and the Edinburgh / Bartholomew / Columbus Joint District Plan Commission. The Planning Department is a companion agency to the Bartholomew County Department of Technical Code Enforcement which provides building permit and inspection services for Columbus and Bartholomew County. The mission of the Planning Department is (1) to assist the development community and the public in interpreting and applying land use regulations and processes, (2) to provide land use and development information to local officials and the public, (3) to facilitate public discussion of development, land use, and other community issues. This is an official City of Columbus, Indiana Facebook account. All content is public record and archived. Comments not in compliance with the City social media policy will be recorded and hidden from public view. View the City of Columbus social media policy at http://columbus.in.gov/city-hall/city-of-columbus-social-media-policy/.

06/08/2020

Due to a lack of agenda items, the Bartholomew County Plan Commission will not meet at its regularly scheduled June meeting.

The Columbus Plan Commission will meet on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 4:00pm. The public is encouraged to participate in...
06/08/2020
Columbus Plan Commission - June 10, 2020

The Columbus Plan Commission will meet on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 4:00pm.

The public is encouraged to participate in the meeting using live video streaming available on the City website and submitting any comments or questions via e-mail to [email protected], rather than attend in-person. In-person attendance is permitted but will be subject to certain restrictions. Anyone wishing to participate can reach out to the Planning Department in advance of the meeting so we can coordinate the best way for you to participate.

To learn more about public participation during the meeting and to view the meeting agenda and staff reports, visit the following link:
https://www.columbus.in.gov/planning/2020/05/22/columbus-plan-commission-june-10-2020-2/

Location: In order to take necessary COVID-19 precautions and best protect everyone’s health, you are encouraged participate in the meeting using the video link and submit any comments or questions via e-mail at [email protected] , rather than attend in-person . The meeting will take pla...

We’re excited to announce that we are officially counting bicycle and pedestrian traffic on the Haw Creek and Jonathan M...
05/13/2020

We’re excited to announce that we are officially counting bicycle and pedestrian traffic on the Haw Creek and Jonathan Moore Pike trails! These counters (see photo of the Haw Creek counter below) will collect data about type of user (bicyclist or pedestrian), direction of travel, and the date and time of activity.

These counters will help the City track trends in bicycle and pedestrian travel over time and will identify bicycle and pedestrian activity patterns on various segments of our network.

Thank you to Healthy Communities and CAMPO (the Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization) for funding these counters! Thank you also to the Department of Public Works for all their work to install the counters!

05/08/2020
May 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Mayor Lienhoop

Mayor Lienhoop presented an update today - highlights include:

Two Words to share: Caution and Patience

• We will need both to get through the next phase of our response to COVID-19
• Governor has given direction on how to reopen
• Five Phase Plan that will extend until July 4 when all restrictions are lifted
• We are currently in Phase 2, Phase 3 begins on May 24, but only if we are ready.
• We will be watching CRH statistics to see if they have sufficient capacity to care for those who may need treatment for COVID-19
• City will make a decision around May 20 to decide if opening will be moving to Phase 3 based on these factors
• We still need to practice safety and personal hygiene.
• In stores, most customers and employees are wearing face masks/coverings, but not all - critical that we continue to exercise behaviors moving forward
• Continue to stay at home if you have risk factors, use hand sanitizer/gloves, wear a mask when out.

Columbus INVigorate

• City has funded
• Information is on City website
• First round of applications has ended - 56 applications, 6 from outside the City, so they are not eligible. Committee is making decisions on which will receive funding
• HUD funding for rental assistance for those who need help making rent payments

05/07/2020
May 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Kelsey DeClue / CRH

Kelsey DeClue presented an updated on behalf of Columbus Regional Health. Highlights include:

Masking and Social Distancing

• Wearing masks are required at CRH
• As community continues to work forward this new version of life, masking is one way that members of the community can protect themselves and others.
• Any time that you are out in the community, especially if you are going to be around others, we encourage you to wear a mask.
• Masks may not be comfortable or fashionable, but they are important. Find a mask or secure a homemade mask (Sew Crazy is an example) to use.
• Physical distancing is still important - stay 6 feet away from others who don’t live in your household to limit the spread of COVID-19

Telehealth Services

• MyChart is available to communicate with your physician, check on test results, review past visits - sign up for an account at crh.org/mychart
• MyChart is being used for telehealth visits - can happen on computer or smart phone - just need a camera and a connection
• Telehealth is a great way to access healthcare without an in-person office visit.
• Visit crh.org/telehealth - Q&A and example video of visit

Safe Care through CRH

• Physicians offices are open, CRH is offering services as well in a safe manner.
• Appointments are available and can be scheduled today.
• Need a family physician? Reach out to WellConnect - crh.org/wellconnect

Special shout out to Nurses for Nurse Appreciation Week!

04/18/2020
April 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Kelsey DeClue / CRH

Kelsey DeClue provides an update from Columbus Regional Health. Highlights include:

Plasma Donation Information
https://www.crh.org/plasma
Or call the COVID-19 Triage Resource Center: 812-379-4449

• CRH Heroes House — Volunteers of America will be using property on Washington Street that will be used for Fresh Start Recovery Center, but is now being used for CRH workforce members who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who are positive for COVID-19 to use to shelter away from family and loved ones while they recover.
• Mayo Clinic Convalescent Therapy Program - use antibodies from those who are recovered from COVID-19 in plasma to help with recovery of most critically ill patients
• Opportunity for those who have a confirmed positive COVID-19 test and meet typical blood donation requirements can also donate as part of this program - information on the CRH website or via Triage Line.
• So far 11 donors have stepped forward to donate
• Currently have 7 positive in-patients - have had 40 total, 5 deaths but 35 have recovered and returned home
• Governor announced today the next phase on how we will return to “normal life” — CRH is following local and national updates and working with the community on this.
• Community has followed shelter in place guidelines and have made the difference for how the health system has been able to handle the virus. CRH extends it’s thanks to you!
• Continue to mask in public and use social distancing guidelines when in public, because it is making a difference.
• Concern about seeking medical attention - please stay in contact with your physician or utilize 911 to seek out health concerns or contact WellConnect (812-376-5136) to be matched to a physician for tele-health appointment. There are safe and effective ways to provide the care you need.
• Stay safe and we appreciate you!

04/17/2020
April 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Dr. Brian Niedbalski

Dr. Niedbalski, Bartholomew County Health Officer provided an update. Highlights include:

• Update on state and county COVID-19 numbers
• Two additional deaths of Bartholomew County residents this week
• Usage of masks in public settings
• New program, in partnership with Mayo Clinic, uses plasma from donors of those who have recovered from COVID-19. This helps patients who are currently sick to recover more quickly
• Posts on social media about businesses reopening — non-essential businesses will remain closed until Governor lifts stay-at-home order
• Thanks to all those who are working to assist the community

04/17/2020
April 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Mayor Lienhoop

Highlights from this update:

⁃ Citizens are encouraged to wear masks when they are out in public.
⁃ Stay at home - only go out when you need to go (grocery store, pharmacy, essential workplaces)
⁃ Make your own mask
⁃ Parks are open but playgrounds are closed
⁃ May cancellations: Primary Election, Salute concert, Cinco de Mayo celebrations
⁃ Will continue to look at events on a month to month basis, may be cancelling future events if they can’t be supported effectively
⁃ Social distancing is working - seem to be moving toward an end date
⁃ Fresh Start Recovery Program: building on Washington Street is going to be used by CRH personnel who don’t want to carry virus back home
⁃ Fraud: No door-to-door test kits available - only CRH is testing; telephone scams re: stimulus check
⁃ Business closures: City has not closed any businesses as a result of the Stay At Home order
⁃ Reopening of the economy: Governor’s press conference tomorrow (Friday) and Community task force will meet over the weekend to discuss what that looks like.
⁃ Thanks to everyone who is staying at home, practicing physical distancing and safe shopping
⁃ Thanks to health care personnel!

04/02/2020
COVID-19 Update: April 2, 2020

Today's video includes updates from:

- Jim Lienhoop, Mayor
- Dr. Brian Niedbalski, County Health Officer
- Jim Bickel, CEO/Columbus Regional Health

Discussion includes calls to the Mayor’s office about who should stay at home, city parks, shopping and store guidelines, encouraging elderly to avoid stores, surgeon general labeled Indianapolis as an emerging hot spot for COVID-19, first patient to succumb to effects of COVID-19, patient privacy, and pending lab tests.

A separate video will follow from Cindy Frey, President - Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, addressing the CARES Act, Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Disaster Loan, and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

Important phone numbers/links:

COVID-19 Community Task Force:
https://covid19communitytaskforce.org

Essential Workforce Hotline:
877-820-8090

CRH COVID-19 Triage Line:
812-379-4449

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
https://www.columbusareachamber.com

03/31/2020
COVID-19 Update: March 31, 2020

Today's video features updates from:

- Jim Lienhoop, Mayor
- Kelsey DeClue, Columbus Regional Health

Topics covered in today’s update include a review of the Governor’s Stay-At-Home order and the community’s response, and resources for questions about COVID-19 treatment. In addition, the need for blood donations in our community was addressed.

Important phone numbers / links:

COVID-19 Community Task Force:
https://covid19communitytaskforce.org

Essential Workforce Hotline: 877-820-8090

CRH COVID-19 Triage Line: 812-379-4449

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
https://www.columbusareachamber.com

Donate blood:
https://www.versiti.org/ways-to-give/our-communities/indiana

03/28/2020
COVID-19 Update: March 27, 2020

Today's update features:

- Jim Lienhoop, Mayor
- Jim Bickel, CEO/Columbus Regional Health

Discussion includes reminder of Governor’s stay-at-home order, practicing physical distancing, rumors, and fraud from door-to-door pitches for test kits. Also discussed is why it's important to keep the spread of the virus low to assist in keeping capacity available at CRH.

Columbus Indiana Redevelopment
03/27/2020

Columbus Indiana Redevelopment

APRIL 1st is 2020 Census Day! EVERYONE needs to be counted to ensure that our community receives the maximum Federal tax dollars that are available to us. Please encourage your friends, family and neighbors to respond on-line, by phone or with the paper census received through the mail. For more information go to https://www.columbus.in.gov/dont-forget-to-complete-your-2020-census

03/25/2020
COVID-19 Update: March 25, 2020

This update features Mayor Jim Lienhoop, County Commissioner President Carl Lienhoop, and Jim Roberts, BCSC Superintendent.

Discussion includes following the Governor’s order to stay at home, new website, limiting social contact and "physical distancing," eLearning and food services at BCSC.

Noted links and phone numbers from the video:

COVID-19 Community Task Force:
https://covid19communitytaskforce.org

Essential Workforce Hotline: 877-820-8090
CRH COVID-19 Triage Line: 812-379-4449
BCSC Food Service Dept: 812-376-4462

eLearning Hotline: 812-418-0252 or [email protected]
BCSC Admin: 812-376-4234 or [email protected]
Jim Roberts: [email protected]
BCSC eLerts: bcscschools.org

Covid-19 Community Task Force
03/24/2020

Covid-19 Community Task Force

Check out the latest reported testing data for Bartholomew County, video updates, FAQs and more on the Community COVID-19 Task Force website. Bookmark it now at https://covid19communitytaskforce.org.

Please SHARE this page with your friends and family in the area!

Yesterday evening, Mayor Jim Lienhoop, County Commissioner Carl Lienhoop, Columbus Regional Health President Jim Bickel ...
03/20/2020

Yesterday evening, Mayor Jim Lienhoop, County Commissioner Carl Lienhoop, Columbus Regional Health President Jim Bickel and County Health Officer Brian Niedbalski recorded a short update video regarding the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and the efforts to stop the spread of the virus in the community.
This is the first video in what will be a series of regularly scheduled video updates that will be available for the public to view.

You may view the video at https://www.columbus.in.gov/video-update-community-covid-19-task-force-march-19-2020/.

Please visit https://www.columbus.in.gov/covid-19-information for updated information and resources regarding the community’s response to COVID-19.

In response to the current national health emergency, the Planning Department office in City Hall has been closed to the...
03/17/2020
Staff

In response to the current national health emergency, the Planning Department office in City Hall has been closed to the public effective March 17, 2020. Our staff, however, is working remotely and you are encouraged to contact us by phone or e-mail (you can find our phone numbers and e-mail addresses here: https://www.columbus.in.gov/planning/staff/). If you reach voice mail, please leave a message and your call will be returned or you will receive an e-mail follow-up.
All previously scheduled public meetings are postponed indefinitely. This includes the March 23 Bartholomew County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting and March 24 Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. These and other postponed meetings will be re-scheduled when and as appropriate.

Further, the Planning Department will not be accepting any applications for matters that will require a public hearing, including variance, conditional use, rezoning, site development plan, and annexation applications. Please continue to feel free to contact our staff for input on any of these applications that you may submit in the future.
Applications for matters that can be approved administratively will continue to be accepted. Completed application forms and the necessary supporting material may be e-mailed to [email protected]. A staff member will then follow-up with you on the application. Please allow us some additional time for a response as we and others who will review your materials are currently working under unusual circumstances. All application fees for these items are waived during our office closure.

We thank you for your patience, apologize for the inconvenience, and look forward to seeing you when the City is able to return to normal operations.

Jeff Bergman has served as City of Columbus – Bartholomew County Planning Director since the fall of 2004. Jeff grew up in Clinton, Iowa and moved to Indiana to attend Ball State University. Jeff is a graduate of Ball State’s College of Architecture & Planning with a

02/11/2020

The February meeting of the Columbus Plan Commission will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 4:00pm in the Fair Oaks Mall.

The Plan Commission will consider the following:

(1) A request by Garden City Mobile Home Park to annex 5.59 acres into the Columbus City limits and rezone 1 acre from RS2 (Residential: Single Family 2) to RMH (Residential: Manufactured Home), located at 960 Jonesville Road and 611 Garden Street.
(2) A request by BHI Retirement Communities to annex 39.06 acres into the Columbus City limits and rezone 38.63 acres from AP (Agriculture: Preferred) to RM (Residential: Multi-Family), located at the northeast corner of Rocky Ford Road and Talley Road.
3) A request by Hill Family Trusts to annex 80 acres into the Columbus City Limits and to rezone 80 acres from AP (Agriculture: Preferred) to I-3 (Industrial: Heavy), located at on the west side of 300 West and approximately 1,300 feet south of Deaver Road.

Please contact the Planning Department at 812-376-2550 with questions.

02/11/2020

The Bartholomew County Plan Commission will not meet for its regularly scheduled February meeting, which was scheduled for February 12, 2020, due to a lack of agenda items. Their next meeting is scheduled for March 11, 2020.

The City of Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:30pm. The meeting will take place at ...
01/24/2020
Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals - January 28, 2020

The City of Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:30pm. The meeting will take place at Fair Oaks Mall, 2210 25th Street.

For more information about the meeting, including the meeting agenda, visit the Planning Department website at: https://www.columbus.in.gov/planning/2020/01/06/columbus-board-of-zoning-appeals-january-28-2020/

Location: Fair Oaks Mall Meeting Time: 6:30 pm Agenda C/DS-19-43: Thompson Furniture - Staff Report & Materials C/DS-19-47: iMechanic - Staff Report & Materials C/CU-19-13: Luke Otte - Staff Report & Materials C/CU-19-14: Clinton Mann - Staff Report & Materials C/DS-19-48: Clinton Mann - Staff Repor...

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