Columbus City Council’s New Residential District Commission Postpones Wednesday’s Meeting
The Columbus City Council Residential District Commission has canceled a North Side regional meeting scheduled for tonight so as not to conflict with a public forum for the four finalists to become Columbus Police Chief.
The committee meeting, who designs new residential neighborhoods in which Columbus City Council members must reside from the age of two, for the North Side has been postponed to mid-June.
âAs our community continues to reinvent public safety and discuss the needs of our neighbors, it is important not to force people to choose between two important meetings. Postponing this week’s CRDC meeting makes perfect sense, âsaid Malik Moore, Chairman of the Council Residential Districting Commission, in a written statement.
A virtual public forum meeting for the Chiefs of Police finalists begins at 6 p.m. and can be watched live via the city’s website and Facebook pages or via CCTV.
The next district committee meeting will be held on May 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will focus on the East Side region. Following this meeting, the remaining dates and times are:
- June 2, 2021 – West Side regional meeting 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- June 9, 2021 – Regional meeting on the south side 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- June 16, 2021 – North Side regional meeting 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- June 23, 2021 – Community awareness meeting (Part 1), 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- June 30, 2021 – Community awareness meeting (Part 2), 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
In November 2023, the seven board seats will be effectively canceled and replaced by nine new board members who will sit in January 2024.
The new single district system – a first for Ohio – will require the nine new members to each live in one of the newly designed districts. However, the entire city will be able to vote for each member of the council, as for a general seat.
This is different from the typical city council âwardsâ used by many cities in Ohio, where only voters who reside in the neighborhood can vote for this council race.
To learn more, visit https://www.columbus.gov/districtingcommission or email your questions to [email protected]