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Ramp to 315 N Closed until the 16th

Reed Rd project- Notice: Preferred Living was approved 3 to 1 at the September 12 Development Commission meeting. The developer increased the setback from the street, reduced the buildings nearest the street to two stories, and added significant natural barriers to minimize the impact on the neighborhood. The design remains unchanged. Next stop is City Council for final approval. Meeting date and other info will be posted as it becomes available. That meeting will not be before October 21. Thanks to Todd Vermeer and Dave Pickut for presenting the concerns of the neighbors and to everyone who came to the meetings.

09 – Z18-062 September 2019

5.23.19 5085 Reed Road Statement of Hardship, SOH

5.28.19 5085 Reed Road Limitaiton Text

Illustrative 5-21-19

Reed Road 5-13-19

NWCA has been working with Preferred Living, nearby neighbors and residents of the district to get details and feedback on the project. The Reed Rd. proposal was on the February agenda and a special zoning meeting was held to gather input from residents. Preferred Living went back to the drawing board to adjust their plan. A second special Zoning meeting was held on April 24 to discuss these changes and give neighbors and residents another opportunity to express their opinions and concerns. The feedback is summarized in the Reed Rd 4-24 meeting summary report.

Concept Plan 4.11.19

Comparison Study_3.29.19

Zimmerman Tract Tabled: The proposed 400-unit apartment project at Henderson and Olentangy was tabled by the NWCA at the August 7 meeting. The Board and the developer agreed that there are many issues regarding traffic and the effects of drainage and sewage on residents of the Knolls that need to be addressed. In addition, the developer has said that he would like to talk to city staff about these issues in greater detail. They will not be at the October Development Commission meeting. NWCA will schedule a special meeting for members and residents of the Knolls to discuss alternate plans for the site with the developer and possibly city staff. The meeting would be more casual and conversational. Details for the meeting will be posted and sent to members when they are finalized.

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190911/neighbors-worry-planned-apartment-complext-will-add-to-sewer-traffic-woes

https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20190819/northwest-columbus-knolls-residents-wary-about-apartments-effect-on-sewers

https://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20190812/developer-puts-plan-for-northwest-columbus-apartments-on-hold-after-complaints

191-923-Traffic study submitted by developer

CV19-071 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Council Variance App

Z19-054 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Rezoning App

Zimmerman project renderings

This Week News

The Columbus Libraries Northwest History Project is underway. Marilyn Goodman reported that the library is collecting photos, information, and historic documentation on the history and development of Northwest Columbus neighborhoods. Here is the link- Columbus Libraries History Project and here is a little more background and the kind of things they plan to memorialize. Trustee Cheryl Grossman has scheduled a representative from the library to be our guest speaker in January.

NW Columbus History Library Project

Northwest Columbus Snapshot

Northwest Columbus Site

Student Trustee Program- The 2019-20 Student Trustee Program is underway. At the October meeting we were joined by Tyler Morefield and Evan Teeter. Both are seniors at Centennial High School and both intend to to continue their education after graduation. Tyler and Evan met with Trustees Marilyn Goodman and Amanda Gibbs, chair of the program, for orientation and an overview of the zoning process. Please welcome Tyler and Evan to NWCA and wish them luck in the program.

Upcoming Speakers: November– SWACO to discuss recycling, December– COTA to discuss traffic and planned bus routes, and MORPC will also join us briefly in December to solicit comments on the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. This is different from the presentation Jennifer Noll did on the Corridor Plan; In January we will hear from the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Local History Project that Trustee Cheryl Grossman is chairing; February we will have representatives from Columbus State Community College to discuss their future plans.

Sheep Farm updates

Sheep Farm

It’s Official! The City closed on the Sheep Farm on July 15! It now belongs to the City of Columbus and is designated as a Community Park effective 2020! Many thanks to all the individuals and groups who worked so hard to preserve this land and profoundly change the neighborhood for many years to come.

Columbus Closes on Sheep Farm 7-20-19

Columbus and Dublin to keep Sheep Farm

Plans to be discussed summer of 2019

Sheep Farm closing delayed 12-27-18

Comments from Trustee Roy Wentzel- “I just received an update from Sophia Fifner with Columbus Parks and Recreation regarding The Historic Sheep 🐑 Farm. OSU will be conducting a second environmental study to ensure any and all contaminates have been dealt with before turning over the property to the City.  New closing date is July 15th.  I think we can all agree that we would rather be safe than sorry regarding this issue!”

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Zoning updates

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Jennifer Noll, Principal Planner with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) joined us in September to discuss the recently completed Insight 2050 Corridor Project. The project Corridor-Concepts-Scenario-Report-April-29-Final includes plans for future development and bus lines through five corridors from downtown. The Northwest Corridor includes Bethel Rd. and Sawmill Rd. to Post Rd. in Dublin. Pages 20 and 21 show recommendations for placement of residential, commercial, and other new proposed development.

Proposal for 400 apartment units at the NW corner of Henderson and Olentangy (the Zimmerman property). Application docs: CV19-071 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Council Variance App and Z19-054 4497 Olentangy River Rd.Rezoning App

This Week News 7-23

Apartment proposal at Winking Lizard site withdrawn

Apartment proposal for Kahoots site modified

Kahoots Could be Kaput

Kahoots Apartments might be CRA 2-27

ThisWeek News 6-18-19

Habitat for Humanity store to replace Graeters

1128 West Henderson Rd is currently a retail store proposing conversion to a restaurant with drive-through service. This use is already permitted under current zoning. They are asking for a reduction in the parking space (from 138 to 128) and loading space requirements (from 1 to 0). The request was tabled pending additional information. Recommended for approval.

2906 Hayden Rd also wants to convert retail space to an eating and drinking establishment with a patio and a reduction of required parking spaces to 0. The NWCA Board voted to recommend approval.

The Refectory, 1092 Bethel Rd., wants to enclose existing outdoor dining space to allow for year-round use. They are asking for a parking space variance to reduce required spaces by 3 and to eliminate the additional 18 spaces required to 0. NWCA voted to recommend approval.

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Henderson Rd upgrade

Great news for the NWCA member area -“Upper Arlington officials are looking at an estimated $2 million upgrade of Henderson Road in 2019 geared at reducing stormwater flooding and better accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians.

The modifications are planned on a segment of Henderson Road from Riverside Drive to Sawmill Road.”

Read more here:

http://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20171024/city-eyes-2m-henderson-road-upgrade

May 2019 Update: Construction might last until November. See article below.

Henderson Road rebuild in Upper Arlington likely to last into November

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