The next monthly meeting of the Northwest Civic Association board of trustees is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church, 2425 Bethel Road (next to Graeters).

Along with regular monthly reports from emergency services, City personnel, and committee chairs, we have two items on our graphics/zoning agenda.

  • Stanley Young, of Columbus Sign Co., Inc., requests a graphics variance and a special permit to install two signs at the Benchmark Apartments, northeast of the Kenny Road / W. Henderson Road intersection. At our March meeting, our board outlined several conditions of approval; in April, he will report whether his client finds those conditions acceptable.
  • Tom Hart, for Compass Homes, requests an exception to a Council variance for the Slatey Hollow development to allow front-loaded garages.

Please plan to attend.  We hope to see you there!

Preview of Upcoming Meetings…

Our next regular monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church.

Save the Date!  Our 2014 Annual Meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the same location.

Candidates Night at Centennial H.S. on October 16…

The NWCA, in partnership with the Clintonville Area Commission and the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government, held a Candidates Night on Wednesday, October 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Centennial High School. Fifteen candidates, mostly for Columbus City Council and Columbus School Board, answered questions from the audience and participated in a meet & greet in the school’s Hall of Flags.

Many thanks to Principal Frances Hershey and her staff at Centennial for the facilities and set up services, The Refectory Restaurant and Fresh Market for hors d’oeuvres and fruit, and the Bethel Road Starbucks for coffee.

The night was a great success! We plan to do it again next year, so please let us know ways to improve the event.

Bike Path on SR-161 Put On-hold

The proposed 10-ft. wide shared-use path, intended to provide safe and attractive connections for bicyclists and pedestrians living and traveling on State Rt. 161 between Linworth and Sawmill Roads, has been put on-hold until early 2014 pending the results of a traffic and safety study being funded by the City of Columbus, Perry Township, and the City of Worthington. This project was identified as one of the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan’s top 12 priorities. Learn more at the Department of Public Service project website.

Godown Park Goes to the Dogs!

A cooperative effort between the City of Columbus and the City of 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 it out on Facebook. And when you come, please abide by the dog park rules – they help assure everyone’s safety.

NWCA seeks new trustees!

Are you concerned about your community? Do you want to get involved as 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 1-3 paragraph statement about why you want to be on the board.

Do you have an announcement about an upcoming community event? Email it to

Hello, Neighbors!

The Northwest Civic Association [NWCA] serves the citizens of Northwest Columbus, Ohio. Our principal role is to advise Columbus City Council on rezoning, variance, and graphics issues, but we also advocate for our local citizens in their dealings with other City government agencies.

Over the past few years, NWCA has worked hard to keep our community a great place to live, to work, and to raise a family. Here are a few highlights:

  • We worked with the Department of Development and City Council to pass the Northwest Regional Commercial Overlay, to enhance the safety and aesthetics along Bethel Road and Sawmill Road through additional landscaping and graphic requirements.
  • We solicited input from local citizens and presented our recommendations to City Council on dozens of proposed variances and rezoning applications.
  • We worked with Sharon Township to oppose the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Olentangy and Linworth Roads.
  • We helped the Northwest Fire Department to obtain over $200,000 in funds to repair their building and improve their response time.

Incorporated in 1969, NWCA is managed by a volunteer Board of Trustees who are elected from our Members. Our project funding comes solely from annual Member dues.

We need your help! Please join us and help make sure our community remains strong. Come to our meetings on the first Wednesday of each month, voice your concerns, and help us keep Northwest Columbus the great place it already is!

Please Click Here to Join!

~John Ehlers, President

As we look forward to the coming year, there are many opportunities and threats facing our community. Our influence is limited only by the commitment of our Members and volunteers. Here is your chance to tell us what is most important to you. (Of course, we invite you to join your neighbors in NWCA and help make a difference!)

If you have a question, comment, or concern, please contact the Northwest Civic Association at  Thank you.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.