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

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

  • 5411 Sawmill Road, new ice cream store – three variances covering parking, landscaping, and maneuvering
  • 5661 Linworth Road, home garage – one variance to permit an increase in garage footprint square footage
  • 1850 West Henderson Road, PNC Bank – two variances to permit an ATM lane and a bypass lane

Please plan on joining us. We hope to see you there!

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Preview of Upcoming Meetings…

Our next regular monthly meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church. We expect to hear from the rezoning applicant for 5741 Godown Road at that meeting.

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 both 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 current Northwest Area 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 a lot of ways to improve our plan.

While we encourage everyone to be part of the public comment portion of the process beginning next summer, an opportunity exists for those who want to do more. If you wish to be part of the early review process beginning in January 2015, please email us your contact information, a brief bio, and a one-paragraph (or longer) statement about why you want to be on the review board.

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 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 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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