The Northwest Civic Association Board of Trustees invites you to our next monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 3, in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church, 2425 Bethel Road, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Before our regular City and committee reports, we will have a guest speaker, Judge Daniel Hawkins, Environmental Court Judge in the Franklin County Municipal Court. The environmental court is unique in the State of Ohio, with jurisdiction over local laws related to housing, construction, zoning, fire, health, air pollution and sanitation. Have a problem the City can’t solve? Judge Hawkins might be able to help.

Check back two weeks before the meeting for an updated agenda, including any new zoning and graphics agenda items.

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Preview of Upcoming Meetings…

Our next regular monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church.

Council Meet & Greet at Don Scott Hangar 1 on Sept. 10

Columbus City Council’s community meetings are coming to Northwest Columbus. Council will host a community meeting on Wednesday, September 10th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at The Ohio State University Airport / Don Scott Field original Hangar 1, attached to the Barnstormer Grill, at 2160 West Case Road. This community meeting is a chance for residents to discuss any subject they choose in an informal, one-on-one setting with council members, their staff, and city department leaders. Hope to see you there! Click here for a flyer (JPG).

Candidates Night 2014 at Centennial H. S. on Oct. 14

In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Northwest Civic Association and the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government are holding a Candidates Night in the Centennial High School on Tuesday evening, October 14. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., refreshments will be served in the Hall of Flags, and moderated debates will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. We hope to have some statewide and countywide candidates and judges (check back later for updates), along with district candidates including:

U.S. House of Representatives, 15th District

  • Steve Stivers (Rep, enc)
  • Scott Wharton (Dem)

Ohio Senate, 19th District

  • Kris Jordon (Rep, enc)
  • Neil Patel (Dem)

Ohio House of Representatives, 21st District

  • Mike Duffey (Rep, enc)
  • Will Johnsen (Grn)
  • Dawn Valasco (Dem)

Ohio House of Representatives, 22nd District

  • Andrew C. Hall (Rep)
  • David Leland (Dem)

Ohio House of Representatives, 24th District

  • Kathy Hoff (Dem)
  • Stephanie Kunze (Rep, enc)
  • Mark Noble (Lib)

It should be a fun night, so plan to attend and bring your neighbors!

SR-161 Bike Path 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 (uh-oh, the ‘State Route 161 Shared Use Path’ link no longer works… [5/8/14]).

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.

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.


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