Columbus officials are trying to update the streetscape standards for Downtown, creating a new look, durability and attractive districts.

Columbus officials are trying to update the streetscape standards for Downtown, creating a new look, durability and attractive districts.

City officials and representatives of two design groups -- Edge and Side Street Planning -- held their final public meeting about the plan Sept. 1. The proposal seeks to address the disparate architectural designs in emerging and existing districts Downtown.

"We're trying to create an approach that works in all districts, acknowledging there are unique characteristics that exist," said Jason Sudy, founder of Side Street Planning.

City Council could adopt a set of standards as early as October.

The planning area is roughly bounded by Interstate 670, Interstate 71, Interstate 70/71 and state Route 315.

Planners want to create safe, functional and attractive streetscapes in the public right of way, Sudy said.

So, they've divided curbs into zones. Where space would allow, the sidewalk would feature landscaping, upgraded lighting and other amenities, decorative planters, outdoor dining areas and benches.

Intersections could include curb extensions, also known as "bump outs," and offer bike racks, seating, public art or bike-sharing stations.

Alleys and medians also are addressed.

The plan would address specific details, such as tree styles, construction materials and placement of transit facilities.

"The idea being the city and developers will be on the same page with agreed-upon guidelines and (a) set of standards," Sudy said.

Norman "Bud" Braughton, downtown project manager for the Columbus Department of Public Service, said the latest proposal simply brings the standards up to date. The last streetscape plan was adopted in 2000.

"We're doing things (much) of the same we've been doing things," Braughton said.

He said officials welcome input at NLBraughton@columbus.gov through Sept. 11. Residents can access the plan at columbus.gov/connectcolumbus.