The Northwest Civic Association Board of Trustees invites you to our next monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 5, in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church, 2425 Bethel Road, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Check back two weeks before the meeting for an updated agenda.

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, December 3, in room 213 of the Meadow Park Church.

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 at 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 expect to have district candidates and judges, including:

U.S. House of Representatives, 15th District

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

Ohio Senate, 19th District

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

Ohio House of Representatives, 21st District

  • Mike Duffey (Rep, incumbent)
  • 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, incumbent)
  • Mark Noble (Lib)

Judge, Court of Common Pleas

  • Val Hoover
  • William H. Woods

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

SR-161 Shared-use Path Project Canceled

On August 28, 2014, the City of Columbus announced its decision “not to move forward with completing the environmental impact studies and engineering work for the proposed shared-use path between Linworth and Sawmill Roads at this time, and has cancelled the project with MORPC.” This project was identified as one of the Bicentennial Bikeways Plan’s top 12 priorities in 2012.

The announcement continues, “MORPC will soon be completing its SR 161 Traffic Study.  Following the completion of the study, the regional partners will be working to determine the most appropriate next steps to improve the SR 161 Corridor.  An extensive, Columbus city-wide community engagement process will begin this fall for the Multi-modal Transportation Plan to seek citizen input on a vision for a more multi-modal – ‘Complete Streets’ – approach to our city’s transportation network. The idea is to plan for all users – vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit and delivery trucks alike – when designing transportation improvements. Watch for notification of public meetings this fall.”

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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