Discovery SID Reauthorization

A special improvement district or “SID” is a defined area where property owners assess themselves to provide much-needed services within the district boundaries. Services do not replace what the city can do. Instead, property owners within the SID boundary determine priorities and implement strategies that complement city services and enhance the goals of the community. The coordinated and collaborative service plan provides a framework for management services similar to those found in shopping centers and office parks.

Property owners create or renew a SID through a petition process that includes an accompanying Plan for Services describing the services to be provided. Since property owners determine the focus of SID operations, services vary depending on the needs of the district. In the Discovery SID, priorities include safety services, promotions and capital improvements. A nonprofit board of trustees, comprised of property owners, controls SID finances and operations.

On February 27, 2015, the Franklin County Auditor certified that property owners representing at least 60% of front feet signed a petition to reauthorize the Discovery Special Improvement District for an additional five years, from 2016 to 2020. Columbus City Council has since approved the petition and new Plan for Services, and declared the necessity of the assessment.

The Plan for Services and changes to the boundary can be found below:

If you have questions about the Discovery SID reauthorization process, the assessment on your property or the plan for services, please contact Marc Conte or call him at (614) 645-5273.