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.
The Planning Advisory Commission (PAC) serves in an advisory capacity to the Planning Department with regard to:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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Columbus, Georgia 31902
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