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Uptown Facade Board


The Columbus City Council established the Uptown Facade Board (UFB) on October 13, 1987. The UFB's purpose is to adopt and apply standards governing the development, redevelopment, rehabilitation, preservation and maintenance that affects facades of the properties within their jurisidiction. The jurisdiction of the UFB includes the Central Riverfront District (CRD) and the Central Business District (C-1).Columbus Consolidated Government, Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Section 9.2.5.


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:

  • The importance of the building, structure, site, or object to the abiance of the district.
  • The historic, scenic or architectural significance of the building, structure, site, or object.
  • Whether there are definite plans for reuse of the property if the proposed demolition is carried out, and what the effect of those plans on the character of the surrounding area would be.
  • The difficulty or the impossibility of reproducing such a building, structure, site, or object because of its design, texture, material, detail, or unique location.
  • Whether the building, structure, site, or object is one of the last remaining examples of its kind in the District, City, State or the Country.
  • Whether reasonable measures can be taken to save the building, structure, site, or object from collapse.

Important Note: Effective July 1, 2016, an application fee will be charged $1,000 for demolitions and/or $150 for board review in the UPT and CRD zoning districts.

Publications

Document Download
Uptown Facade Board
Application for Certificate of Facade Appropriatness and Check List
Application for Facade Appropriatness
Unified Development Ordinance
UDO - Unified Development Ordinance for Columbus, GA
Application for Facade Appropriatness
Amendment to Design Guidelines Oct.1, 2012
Chapter 6 - Signage
Amendment for Signage
Amendment to Design Guidelines April 1, 2010
Chapter 3, sec.3.5 - Demolition
Amendment to Design Guidelines on Demolition


"Facade" is defined as the visual portion of a property that faces a public right-of-way. It includes all architectural and construction features (including and without limitation to): structural materials, facing materials, windows, doors, trim, sills, steps, railing, cornices, molding, fences, landscaping and other decorative features.

The voting members of the board are appointed by council for three-year terms. They may serve two consecutive full terms in addition to any unexpired term they may fill. Non-voting members include a Columbus Consolidated Government Planning Department employee who acts as secretary to the board and serves as liaison between citizens and the board members. A Historic Columbus Foundation employee serves as an ex officio board member who provides professional opinions on applications that come before the UFB regarding their alignment with UFB Design Guidelines and Standards.

The UFB holds regular monthly public meetings on the third (3rd) Monday of each month at 3 PM in the Conference Room at the CCG Annex located at 420 10th Street, Columbus, GA 31901. The board may hold called meetings when necessary. Called meetings are also open to the public.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is at 5 PM on the first (1st) Monday of each month. Applications should be returned to the Planning Department offices on the second floor of the CCG Annex at 420 10th Street, Columbus, GA 31901. For more information, call 706-225-3920.

Board Members

The board currently consists of nine members appointed by Council.

  • Wayne Bond
  • Ramon Brown
  • Josina Greene
  • Doug Jefcoat
  • Jacy Jenkins
  • Justin Krieg,Ex Officio
  • Reggie Luther
  • Steve Morse
  • Roger Stinson
  • Alan Udy

Application and Meeting Dates

Application Deadlines are the 1st Monday of the month. Meetings are the 3rd Monday of the month.

All regular meetings are held in the ground floor Conference Room of the Columbus Consolidated Government Annex located at 420 10th Street, at 3:00pm.

Application Process

Applications to appear before the Planning Advisory Commission must be submitted to the Planning Department no later than 5:00 PM on the applicable application deadline date. No applications will be accepted unless the applicant submits all pertinent information.


Incomplete applications will not be accepted after the application deadline. If you have questions concerning the completeness of your application, please contact Will Johnson, Planning Division Manager (706)-225-3930. I can assist in any application review for completeness prior to the Application Deadline.


The applicant or their appointed representativeMUST be presentat the Uptown Fa├žade Board meeting. The case will not be heard without a representative present. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 3:00pm unless otherwise noted or rescheduled due to holidays.


Uptown Facade Board Meetings

Application Deadline Meeting Date
December 5, 2016 December 19, 2016
January 3, 2017 January 17, 2017*
February 6, 2017 February 20, 2017
March 6, 2017 March 20, 2017
April 3, 2017 April 17, 2017
May 1, 2017 May 15, 2017
June 5, 2017 June 19, 2017
July 5, 2017** July 17, 2017
August 7, 2017 August 21, 2017
September 5, 2017*** September 18, 2017
October 2, 2017 October 16, 2017
October 30, 2017 November 14, 2017****
December 4, 2017 December 18, 2017


*January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19th due to the Martin Luther King Holiday.
**July's application deadline will be on Wednesday, July 5th due to Independence Day.
***September's application deadline will be on Tuesday, September 5, due to the Labor Day Holiday.
****November's meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14, due to Thanksgiving week.