Planning Commission recommends further changes to central business district – The Globe

by | Jul 15, 2022 | Business

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Planning Commission discussed a text amendment to the city’s central business district during its Tuesday night meeting.

The proposed text amendment would require parking lots, parking terminals and cleaning-related businesses to seek a conditional use permit in order to operate downtown. This amendment comes on the heels of last month’s decision to

end the city’s retail overlay district

, opening up the downtown corridor to a greater variety of businesses without first acquiring a conditional use permit.During a special meeting between the Worthington City Council and the Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

back in May

, local business owners expressed concerns, particularly that the removal of the overlay district would open up the possibility of having a downtown building turned into parking space.“This would essentially put those three or four use groups kind of back to the way they were with the retail overlay district,” explained city planner Matt Selof of the new amendment. Terminals, including ambulance and taxi, bus, and rail services and businesses focused on cleaning with harsher/tougher che …

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