Our next monthly meeting is also our Annual Meeting (postponed from April) on Wednesday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m. in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church, 2425 Bethel Road (next to Graeters).

Our meeting will feature a panel discussion on “Economic Development in Northwest Columbus.” Joining us on the panel will be representatives from Central Ohio business consortia, academia, and government.

  • Dr. David Williams (bio), dean of The OSU College of Engineering, which oversees Don Scott Airfield
  • District 21 Representative Mike Duffey (bio) of the Ohio House of Representatives
  • Dr. Quentin Harris (bio), deputy director of Jobs and Economic Development for the City of Columbus
  • Mr. William Murdock (bio), executive director of MORPC, an association of Central Ohio governments and organizations

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a half-hour meet-and-greet, with appetizers and refreshments from The Refectory Restaurant, Fresh Market, and Edible Arrangements. The panel discussion and questions-and-answers will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a brief recess, and then we will reconvene to review the past year’s activities, to honor a few members of our community, and to elect our trustees.

It should be an entertaining and thought-provoking evening, and we look forward to seeing you there. Please join us. All are welcome!

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Preview of Upcoming Meetings…

Our next regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, August 5, at 7 p.m. in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church. (Please note that we do not meet in July. Have a great summer!)

Northwest Area Plan Public Workshop – May 20

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 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 first public workshop for the Northwest Area plan update will be on Wednesday, May 20, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Centennial High School, 1441 Bethel Road.

  • 6:00-6:20 – Presentation: Overview of the Plan and the Planning Process
  • 6:20-7:30 – Breakout Session: Stations of drafted future land use recommendations

Residents who are unable to attend are invited to post an online survey, beginning mid-May, at the plan website at http://www.columbus.gov/planning/nwplan/. You can also follow the plan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nwplan.

Our thanks to Christine Leed and the Department of Development staff and leadership.

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:   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 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 northwestcivic@gmail.com.

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 northwestcivic@gmail.com.  Thank you.


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