We’re Revising the Northwest Area Plan!
The City of Columbus Department of Development and our civic-minded neighbors to the north, the Far Northwest Coalition, are working with us to revise the Northwest Area Plan, the master plan that both guides all current and future development, rezoning, graphics, and site aesthetics decisions for City property between the two rivers, north of Henderson Road up to the Delaware County line.
The current Northwest Area Plan was adopted by City Council on October 22, 2007. Since then, the City has revised many other area plans around town and, to paraphrase, they have discovered a lot of ways to improve our plan.
While we encourage everyone to be part of the public comment portion of the process beginning next summer, an opportunity exists for those who want to do more. If you wish to be part of the early review process beginning in January 2015, please email us your contact information, a brief bio, and a one-paragraph (or longer) statement about why you want to be on the review board.
MORPC Issues SR-161 Traffic Study; ODOT to Take Next Step
On November 3, 2014, the City of Columbus announced that “the Cities of Columbus and Worthington and Perry Township contracted with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to conduct a study of State Route 161 between Sawmill Road and Olentangy River Road. MORPC has completed the study and it has been reviewed and accepted by staff from the partner jurisdictions as well as the Franklin County Engineer’s Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The study shows in order to improve the traffic congestion along the State Route 161 Corridor, the intersections of 161 at Linworth Road and Olentangy River Road must be improved. In addition, the at-grade railroad crossing west of Linworth Road must be addressed.
Please visit this link to see the full results of the 161 Traffic Study: http://www.morpc.org/transportation/highway/sr-161-traffic-study/index
At the request of our jurisdictions, ODOT has agreed to take the results of the study and provide:
- Conceptual drawings showing potential improvements at the intersections
- Recommendations on a scope of improvements for a preliminary engineering study
A preliminary engineering study would involve extensive public input, additional field work, and engineering evaluation to determine specific items such as what road, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements should be designed and built as part of a project. This additional information is necessary for our jurisdictions to determine if we will support and fund a preliminary engineering study. Once authorized, ODOT has agreed to be the lead agency to manage the preliminary engineering study.”
Godown Park Goes to the Dogs!
A cooperative effort between Columbus and Worthington created an outstanding dog park at the north end of Godown Road. Over 5.5 acres and split into two sections for small and large dogs, the Dog Park at Godown received first place for the prestigious Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Partnership Awards. Check out the park on Facebook, and when you come, please abide by the rules – they help assure everyone’s safety.
NWCA seeks new trustees!
Are you concerned about your community? Do you want to be a decision maker in a well-established community organization? The Northwest Civic Association is looking for you! The Board is looking to fill several vacancies and is currently seeking resumes. If you are interested, please email us your contact information, a brief bio, and a one-paragraph (or longer) statement about why you want to be on the board.
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