The creation of a land-use master plan commission is under way in Bexley.

The creation of a land-use master plan commission is under way in Bexley.

City council on Feb. 24 heard the first reading of legislation that would ask a seven-member commission to make recommendations for a land-use plan.

Commission members would include attorney Don Brosius, who serves on Bexley's board of zoning appeals, real estate agent Mike Carruthers, city of Columbus urban designer Dan Ferdelman, Columbus urban designer Corrin Wendell, architect/planner Larry Helman, architect Bill Heyer and developer Bill Schottenstein.

Council member Ben Kessler said it has become clear that Bexley needs a unified land-use plan. He said the city needs to create a process and start talking about Bexley's long-range plans.

"We need to adjust our policy and procedure in order to best position the city for appropriate redevelopment and growth," Kessler said.

Bexley development director Bruce Langner agrees the city needs a land-use plan.

"A lot of times when we apply for grants for whatever the project is ... they want to make sure we are in conformance with the master plan," he said.

Transportation grants and EPA grants frequently require compliance with a master plan, Langner said. If a community doesn't have a plan, it could hurt its chances of being awarded a grant, he said.