Bexley Mayor John Brennan and three city commissions -- board of zoning appeals, land use master plan and tree and public gardens -- are looking to the future.

Bexley Mayor John Brennan and three city commissions -- board of zoning appeals, land use master plan and tree and public gardens -- are looking to the future.

They will host a retreat called "What Does Bexley Want to Be? A Life Long Community" from 7:45 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 6, in the Capital University Student Center, located at the southwest corner of Pleasant Ridge and Astor.

Featured speakers will be Norm Kleber, a municipal evaluator for America in Bloom and Kyle Ezell of Ohio State University's city and regional planning program.

Bexley City Council member Ben Kessler, chair of the city's land use master plan commission, said the event provides an opportunity for the commissions to get on the same page.

"The theme this year is a forward-looking theme, where does Bexley want to be 10, 20, 30 years from now?" Kessler said.