The Northwest Civic Association Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, has been postponed until June 3 at 7 p.m.

Our next monthly meeting is on Wednesday, May 6, at 7:00 p.m. in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church, 2425 Bethel Road (next to Graeters).

In addition to our regular City and committee reports, we have three items on our zoning agenda.

  • 2800 Bethel Road (Shell station) – Variance to retrofit existing manually-changed gas price sign with LED modules.
  • 6175 Sawmill Road (Meijer) – Variance to split 1.48 acres from the site for an out-lot development, thereby removing 180 parking spaces from the Meijer parking lot, leaving 623 parking spaces. The applicant proposes to develop the 1.48 acres with two 7,200 sq. ft. buildings, which requires 107 parking spaces but only 104 will be provided.
  • 6000 Riverside Drive (Friendship Village) – Rezoning of 0.802 acres within the 26.55 acre Friendship Village property and consolidating all three parcels into one CPD. The applicant also proposes expanding the existing building and adding new buildings and garages within the current property.

Please plan on joining us. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Preview of Upcoming Meetings…

Our next meeting, on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church, will be our rescheduled Annual Meeting. Joining us for a panel discussion on “Economic Development in Northwest Columbus” will be representatives from Central Ohio business consortia, academia, and government. Check back here in May for further details. All are welcome.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a half-hour social mixer, 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 for a review of the past year, to honor a few members of the community, and to elect trustees.

After June 3, our next meeting will be August 5. (No meeting in July!)

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!

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 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.

Our current 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 lots of ways to improve our plan.

While we encourage everyone to be part of the public comment portion of the process beginning early this summer, an opportunity exists for those who want to do more. If you wish to be part of the preliminary review process beginning March 5, please email us your contact information and a brief statement about why you want to participate.

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 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!

Sincerely,
~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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