Fifty Years of Service to the Northwest Columbus Community!

Our next monthly meeting is on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m. in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church, 2425 Bethel Road (next to Graeters). Please join us. All are welcome!

This month’s guest speakers include representatives of the Columbus Department of Development, who will give a progress report on the Northwest Area Plan update, and possible a speaker in support of renewing the ADAMH levy up for vote this fall.

Among City and committee reports and other items of local interest, we have one item on our graphics & zoning agenda:

  • 6181 Sawmill Rd. (Meijers outlot) – graphic variance for a new commercial strip shopping center, which allows wall signage on the rear of the buildings and on end caps.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Preview of Upcoming Meetings…

Our next regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, November 4, at 7 p.m. in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church.

The Ohio State Airport OPEN HOUSE & DON SCOTT TROT on October 3

The Ohio State University Airport Don Scott Trot: A 5K on the Runway and Open House will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission* to the Open House includes Young Eagles free plane rides for youth, a static display of many aircraft and trucks, a variety of exhibit booths, door prizes, sim lessons and much, much more! Click on the image above for more information about the run. Food trucks from the Columbus area will offer some of the best food in Columbus from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.  See the OSU Airport website for details.

For more on the 5K, “Like” us on Facebook page Open House Facebook or click here to register.

Don Scott Airfield to Modernize with $10 Million Gift

The Ohio State University Airport received a $10 million gift from the Austin E. Knowlton Foundation, with the purpose of enhancing and renovating the education, research, and FBO facilities, including the terminal.

The Knowlton Foundation’s donation is a continuation of Dutch Knowlton’s pride and support of his alma mater. Many of you may know that the Knowlton School of Architecture is named in his honor. Education and aviation were two of Dutch’s passions.

More details on the gift and the airport modernization plans are available on Ohio State’s web site (click here).

Update! The Ohio State University College of Engineering Dean David Williams and NWCA President John Ehlers discussed the impact of the gift at a Columbus Metropolitan Club luncheon on August 12 (video).

Dispatch Profiles NWCA Trustee’s Volunteerism

Julie Schlosser and 2400 friends helped bag 750,000 meals to be distributed in central Ohio and Haiti as part of the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church’s five-day community meal-packing project. Read her inspiring story in this Feb. 27 Dispatch article by JoAnne Viviano. We’re very proud of you, Julie, and of your friends, too!

MORPC Issues SR-161 Traffic Study; ODOT Next Up

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:

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 in 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.

Have an announcement about upcoming community events? 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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