Since becoming consolidated in 1971, the Columbus, Georgia Consolidation Government has been committed to preserving the historical significance of our city. The Planning Department is responsible for establishing development guidelines to protect Columbus' historic architectural heritage.
Planning Advisory Commission (PAC)
The Planning Advisory Commission (PAC) serves in an advisory capacity to the Planning Department with regard to:
- A comprehensive plan or parts thereof for the development and redevelopment of Columbus;
- Regulations for the subdivision of land and amendments thereto; and
- Other such matters as may be required by ordinance.
PAC has no legislative powers but is appointed by the Columbus City Council to listen to the concerns of citizens and developers, evaluate recommendations made by the planning staff and make recommendations to Council.
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Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is responsible for deciding appeals and granting variances relative to the enforcement of the zoning regulations. The Board of Zoning Appeals is administered through the City of Columbus Inspections and Codes Department. The functions of the board are listed below:
- To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is error in any decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.
- To authorize upon appeal, in specific cases, variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance where, owing to special conditions, literal enforcement of the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance will result in an unnecessary hardship. Variances can be granted that uphold the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance when the Appeals Board finds:
- There are extraordinary and exceptional conditions pertaining to the particular piece of property in question because of its size, shape, or topography;
- The application of the Zoning Ordinance to this particular piece of property would create an unnecessary hardship;
- Such conditions are peculiar to the property involved; and
- Relief, if granted, would not cause substantial detriment to the public.
- Up to date information on this Board can be found on the Inspections and Code website at InsCode.bza.org.
Board of Historic & Architectural Review (BHAR)
The Board of Historic & Architectural Review shall encourage preservation, maintenance and improvements of buildings of historic and/or architectural significance within the Historic Districts. It has eleven appointed and voting members, four, which are appointed exclusively by the City Council. The other seven voting members are also appointed by the Council, but they must be members of and recommended by certain organizations as stated in the ordinance that established the board. There are three other nonvoting members, one of which is a representative of the Columbus Housing Authority, one of which represents the Planning Department and the other represents the Columbus Inspections and Code Enforcement Division.
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Uptown Facade Board (UFB)
The Uptown Facade Board has the authority to approve and/or deny a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the demolition of any structure within the Uptown Facade District.
Each structure being proposed for demolition should be evaluated for its architectural and historic importance to the site and the district based on the following criteria:
- The importance of the building, structure, site, or object to the abiance of the district.
- The historic, scenic or architectural significance of the building, structure, site, or object.
- Whether there are definite plans for reuse of the property if the proposed demolition is carried out, and what the effect of those plans on the character of the surrounding area would be.
- The difficulty or the impossibility of reproducing such a building, structure, site, or object because of its design, texture, material, detail, or unique location.
- Whether the building, structure, site, or object is one of the last remaining examples of its kind in the District, City, State or the Country.
- Whether reasonable measures can be taken to save the building, structure, site, or object from collapse.
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Government Annex Building
420 10th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31902
Phone: (706) 653-4421
Fax: (706) 653-4534
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