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Department of Neighborhoods Weekly Update: 2/20/21

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Neighbors, Partners, Friends:

I hope that you are doing well and staying warm. Here are my updates for 2/20/21:

1.       Upcoming Roundtable: Do you want to learn more about Building and Zoning? Join us on Thursday February 25 at 5:30 p.m. for our next South Side Roundtable where we will feature a presentation on how to access the Citizen portal, and GIS map and ask questions from Assistant Director Celebrezze. Join us on Thursday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m. at https://cocmeetings.webex.com/cocmeetings/j.php?MTID=me9f85d1639935d6ac73b7011659721cb

a.       Meeting number (access code): 180 172 6082, Meeting password: qeH4hF739uv 

b.      Join by phone 1-650-479-3207, access code 180 172 6082

2.       Operation Warm: WHEN: Tuesday, February 23rd from 3-5 pm WHERE: South High Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library – 3540 S. High St. (+ 9 other library locations!) Each branch has a supply of 150 BRAND NEW, high quality coats supplied by the Operation Warm program. There is no pre-registration and no eligibility requirement! First come, first serve. Sizes are 2T to Youth 18. In addition to a coat, each child will receive a FREE Book from Operation Warm, and a healthy snack (courtesy of our partnership with Children’s Hunger Alliance).  Please note that the event at the South High Branch will take place in our parking lot. Pandemic safety measures will be in place to ensure a positive and healthy experience for all. Please encourage families to mask up!  Adult and child masks will be available for any customers who need one. (flier attached)

3.       COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic: Columbus Public Health will continue to offer our Opportunity Clinics for residents in specific zip codes (including 43206 and 43207).  The next two will take place on February 26 and March 28.  We are working on enhanced language so that our seniors who don’t have IDs that include their place of residence will feel comfortable and safe coming in to these clinics.  Attached is the flier for Feb 26, 1-4, call 614-645-6444 to schedule an appointment. (fliers attached)

4.       COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic: Hosted by Lower Lights on Saturday, February 27, 2021, 9am-2pm, Vineyard Community Center, 6000 Cooper Rd, Westerville, OH  43081.  This clinic will be refugee and immigrant friendly, and is for those 65+ or with qualifying health conditions.  The graphic is attached; register at:https://llchc.org/covid19vac/

5.       The Community Shelter Board COVID 19 Toolkit: The materials are available for download at a new page on their web site, found here:https://www.csb.org/providers/roll-up-your-sleeve-and-get-the-vaccine

6.       COVID 19 Transportation Guide: The Ohio Department of Medicaid guide is found here:https://medicaid.ohio.gov/Portals/0/COVID19/Ohio-Medicaid-COVID-Testing-and-Vaccination-Transportation-Support.pdf

7.       New Video: Please share this link to a newly released video highlighting vaccine messages from Black physicians in Columbus.  Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts is among them. https://youtu.be/OzrxLqcOqeY

8.       Parking Enforcement to Resume: Effective March 1, the City of Columbus will resume enforcement on inoperable, unsafe or abandoned vehicles not moved on city streets for more than three consecutive days. To report a potential 72-hour rule violation, contact the 311 Columbus Service Center at 614-645-3111 or https://311.columbus.gov . If possible, submit a photo of the parked vehicle. Residents who reported a possible violation while enforcement was suspended are asked to resubmit their 311 request. For more information about Parking Services,https://www.columbus.gov/publicservice/parking/Parking-Services-Home/

Hope you have an amazing week!

Beth Fairman Kinney, MPA

NEIGHBORHOOD LIAISON

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Columbus Zoning Code Update Survey

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The City of Columbus has initiated a Zoning Code update process and we need your input.

As Columbus looks to the future, it is important that the Zoning Code be positioned to help manage growth and reinforce community priorities. Zoning regulates development through standards that address such things as property use, building size and placement, and setback on any given parcel. The first phase of this Code update effort is an assessment of the current Code and process. Phase one is underway and will conclude in summer 2021. As a member of the community, your input is valuable now in setting the stage for the upcoming changes in phase two.

Please take a few minutes to share your observations about the zoning code by completing this survey, which will be available through February 28, 2021. You can learn more about the update process and sign up for our email list by visiting the project website.

Survey translation can be requested for the following languages: Spanish, Somali, French, Nepali, and Arabic. Please contact zoningupdate@columbus.gov for more information.

Thank you for your help!

Zoning Code Update Team