What is an Area Commission?

In the early 1970’s the City of Columbus established a process for areas of the city to organize and have a direct means of communication with city government. Since that time 19 area commissions have been ratified by Columbus City Council and the Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission hopes to become the 20th.

Area Commissions act as a liaison between neighborhood groups, property owners, residents, developers and city officials.  Through these commissions engaged citizens can participate directly with decision making that affects their community.  Whether that’s providing the city feedback about infrastructure, safety, or city services.  The area commission enables citizens to have a voice in the future of their neighborhoods and our goal is to bring that opportunity to our community.

How is a Commission Created?

  • Develop boundaries of the Commission
  • Draft a petition requesting for city council to establish the commission
  • Obtain 500+ signatures
  • Submit petition to city council and notify the public
  • City Council approves the petition
  • The Mayor of Columbus appoints the commissioners
  • We are codified into Columbus City Code together to advocate on behalf of our community

Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission Petition

We, the members of the Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission task force, submit this petition for the formation of an Area Commission in order to afford voluntary citizen participation, in an advisory capacity, within our boundaries. Our intention is to engage with Columbus City Council to facilitate communications, understanding, and cooperation between neighborhood groups, City of Columbus officials, City of Columbus departments, adjoining area commissions, the adjoining cities of Whitehall and Bexley, business owners, and commercial and residential developers.

This Commission will enhance and empower the importance of existing neighborhood organizations within its boundaries, making them more efficient and effective. As a commission, we will seek direct community input before decisions or recommendations are made that could affect our communities’ safety, aesthetics, property values, or quality of life.

We are residents who live, work, and/or own property within the following boundaries:

  • Northern Boundary: The centerline of the Columbus & Ohio Railroad running from the Bexley to Whitehall city boundary lines
  • Eastern Boundary: The Whitehall city boundary from the centerline of the Columbus & Ohio Railroad to the southwestern most corner of the city of Whitehall, turning west to the edge of the public right-of-way along Bernett Road, then continuing south to Livingston Avenue, turning west on the centerline of Livingston Avenue to James Road and then continuing south on the centerline of James Road to Interstate I-70
  • Southern Boundary: Interstate I-70 running from James Road to the centerline of Alum Creek
  • Western Boundary: The centerline of Alum Creek running north from Interstate I-70 to the Bexley city boundary at Livingston Avenue, and then following the Bexley city boundary north to the Columbus & Ohio Railroad right-of-way

Task Force Members

  • Ari Gitlitz (North Eastmoor)
  • Carolyn Thurman (Berwick Resident)
  • David Martin (Central Eastmoor Resident)
  • Etienne (Troy) Manning (Berwick Resident & Small Business Rep)
  • James Russell (Berwick Resident)
  • Joseph Potter (North Eastmoor Resident)
  • Justin Shaw (Social Benefit Organization)
  • Mark Kraus (Mayfair Peacekeepers Resident)
  • Mat Fetters (East Hampton Resident)
  • Patrick “Paddy” Page (High School Student & Central Eastmoor Resident)
  • Rhett Plank (Central Eastmoor Resident
  • Sarah Marsom (Central Eastmoor Resident)
  • Sheri Wein Barlay (Large Landholder/Rental Management Rep)
  • Suzanne Wheeler (South Eastmoor Resident)

Task Force Agent

The task force has designated Rhett Plank of Central Eastmoor as the agent for the commission to handle communications between the City of Columbus and the Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission

Area Commission Bylaws

The Area Commission Task Force will establish by-laws, rules and selection procedures for the area commission.  Once approved these bylaws will be filed with the city clerk as an addendum to this petition.

Area Commission Criteria

The boundaries proposed above meet each of the following criteria as set forth by Columbus City Council to qualify as a commission area:

  • Consist of a compact, homogeneous area that is manageable in size, being large enough for recognition and small enough for effective representation;
    • The Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission has a land mass of 2438.4 sq. acres (3.81 sq. miles), includes roughly 9100 households, and encompasses a population of 19,754 residents (2017- City of Columbus Planning & Development).  Our neighboring cities of Whitehall and Bexley have comparable populations and density, with populations of 18,736 (2016) and 13,669 (2016) respectively.
  • Maintain neighborhood identity and cohesiveness;
    • The proposed Berwick/Eastmoor commission consists of the neighborhoods historically established and identified as Berwick and Eastmoor.
  • Whenever feasible, coincide with a designated city planning area;
  • Be compatible with boundaries of existing commission areas;
    • The Berwick/Eastmoor Commission does not conflict with any established commission area or city boundary.
  • Be described by the centerline of natural or artificial boundaries with the fewest changes in course practical, together with an indication of the number of acres and dwelling units contained therein.
    • The Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission boundaries follow centerlines of major streets, rail right-of-ways, and rivers where ever not prevented from doing so by city boundaries.

Supporting Documentation

Demographics

As part of our required research for the proposed area commission the Department of Neighborhoods produced a Community Profile report.  A new report is needed for the final proposed boundaries but this preliminary report will give you a very good idea of the demographics for the proposed commission.

Historic Berwick & Eastmoor

Should you run an internet search for either Berwick or Eastmoor, the maps you find illustrate Berwick as is currently represented by their civic association map and Eastmoor covering the civic associations of North Eastmoor, Central Eastmoor, South Eastmoor, Mayfair Peacekeepers, and East Hampton. Additionally, the boundaries of these historic neighborhoods match the definition held by the City of Columbus.

Here is the 1950 boundary map for the City of Columbus demonstrating the now familiar boundry line of the neighborhoods that make up the Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission

1950 Columbus Boundry

Main and Broad Street Corridor Revitalization Plan

The Main and Broad Street Corridor Revitalization Plan was approved by the Development Commission on Thrusday, April 9, 2007 and was also approved by City Council on Monday, April 9, 2007.

The plan used the charrette approach to undertake an efficient, limited planning engagement that delivered consensus-based recommendations relative to future land use, zoning, urban design, and economics. It serves as the blueprint for the revitalization of these two major thoroughfares. Additionally, it should be noted that throughout this plan it refers to the entire community from Bexley to Whitehall as Eastmoor.

Urban Infrastructure Renewal Fund (UIRF)

The proposed commission perfectly overlays the existing UIRF zone 12. Furthermore, the city purposefully created the UIRF boundaries to correspond to existing area commissions. In the absence of an area commission representing our community the city used the boundaries of the historic neighborhoods. We have simply followed the city’s lead in matching the commission map to the established grant area.

East Main Special Improvement District (SID)

The newly establish SID covers all commercial properties with frontage on East Main Street from the Bexley to Whitehall boundaries. Providing the SID with a single commission for planning is a more efficient way to achieve the area’s goals.

Area Commission Comparision

Commissions2010 Total Households2010 Total Population Total AcresDensity
Milo-Grogan Area Commission8212,236591.803.78
Livingston Avenue Area commission2,2985,959699.428.52
5th by Northwest Area Commission5,0657,406664.0111.15
South Linden Area Commission3,4999,085 1,021.13 8.90
North Central Area Commission3,5859,748 2,430.25 4.01
Franklinton Area Commission3,4229,802 1,435.49 6.83
Southwest Area Commission6,04417,713 6,851.54 2.59
Near East Area Commission8,05217,874 2,322.01 7.70
Berwick/Eastmoor Area Commission8,31318,125 2,400.00 7.55
West Scioto Area Commission9,65120,642 7,217.16 2.86
Northeast Area Commission10,33326,265 6,529.31 4.02
North Linden Area Commission11,11726,527 3,140.54 8.45
Columbus Southside Area Commission11,35228,004 4,519.91 6.20
Clintonville Area Commission14,74729,236 3,926.57 7.45
Far South Columbus Area Commission11,35230,424 15,916.45 1.91
Greater South East Area Commission16,50741,786 10,580.66 3.95
University Area Commission14,31643,996 1,857.72 23.68
Westland Area Commission17,29544,734 10,593.20 4.22
Mideast Area Community Collaborative19,83046,495 6,534.40 7.12
Far East Area Commission22,41151,872 9,594.99 5.41
Greater Hilltop Area Commission24,54865,760 9,897.00 6.64

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