Canal Winchester officials got their first look Monday at a draft streetscape plan for the commercial "Walmart corridor" proposed for West Waterloo Street.

Local officials got their first look Monday at a draft streetscape plan for the commercial "Walmart corridor" proposed for West Waterloo Street.

"We're starting to see some interest in the outlots," village zoning administrator Allan Neimayer said during a committee of the whole meeting Monday that included members of Canal Winchester Village Council and the planning and zoning commission.

The streetscape plan "would be just another item to tell (developers) to include in their project," Neimayer said.

Compared to past ideas for the commercial corridor from Walmart to Gender Road, one of the central changes in the current plan is to push buildings closer to the road and place parking in back.

Parking in front of buildings "is what we're trying to get away from," Neimayer said.

Having buildings rather than parked cars line West Waterloo is "more pedestrian-friendly for the commercial outlots," he said.

The plan would also require developers to plant an additional nine trees per 200 linear feet of frontage along West Waterloo Street.

"These nine trees are required above and beyond landscape requirements

described in Chapter 1189 of the zoning code," the draft plan said.

Rather than having trees planted in a line, the streetscape plan envisions tree "clusters" that would "contain a mix of ornamental trees, evergreen trees and shade trees" from a pre-approved tree list. The plan also suggests a landscaping easement along the commercial corridor "may be required to ensure the implementation of the streetscape plan and for its annual maintenance."

Neimayer said enthusiasm in adhering to landscape plans can sometimes

wane over time after a developer finishes construction.

The streetscape plan also will consider permitting property owners or developers to landscape within the public rights of way "to further the plan's implementation."

Councilman Rick Deeds said the streetscape plan should include a "signscape" component if new commercial buildings will now sit closer to the road on West Waterloo Street.

Neimayer said the streetscape plan for West Waterloo, if successful, could be replicated in other parts of Canal Winchester.

"You learn from it," he said.

The streetscape proposal is attempting what has been designed for outlots on Diley Road in front of Meijer, Neimayer said.

"It's similar to Diley Road," he said.

A streetscape plan for West Waterloo Street was discussed in 2004. Recent conversations with the developer of the new Firestone auto center to be built on West Waterloo reignited interest in the subject, Neimayer said.

"Hopefully, the outlots get developed in the very near future," he said.