After spending last year working to establish a neighborhood plan, the Clintonville Area Commission will focus its efforts on implementing that plan.

After spending last year working to establish a neighborhood plan, the Clintonville Area Commission will focus its efforts on implementing that plan.

The plan still needs city council's stamp of approval, which is expected to come in February.

Regardless, Clintonville commissioner Chris Gawronski said the commission should begin looking at the action-oriented goals outlined in the 80-page plan immediately so that members can begin prioritizing which projects they would like to see tackled first.

"That is our list of projects, essentially," Gawronski said.

Some of the actions outlined in the plan include creating a historic preservation plan for the neighborhood, looking at the commercial overlays in effect in the district, creating a neighborhood mobility plan and looking at improvements to the Indianola Avenue corridor.

"A lot of these actions are long term," Gawronski said, and they could be hindered by the city's current budget crunch.

Commission Chairwoman D Searcy said one action she sees the commission moving on quickly is the application of the community commercial overlay to Indianola Avenue.

"That's something that's been proposed for a long time," Searcy said.

The success of individual actions outlined in the plan largely will depend on the support of the residents who helped create the plan.

"If there's no one there to help carry the banner, then these things aren't going to happen," Gawronski said. "The more people we get involved, the more we can do."

One element of the plan the commission will be able to make use of as soon as the plan is approved is the development checklist, which provides a list of guidelines the commission can follow when considering development proposals to make sure new development is in line with the community vision outlined in the plan.

"The very first thing we'll be doing is utilizing the development checklist," Gawronski said. "That's something we can use right from the get go, as soon as we have a new development before us."

Though the plan's implementation could see some delays because of the city's current budget situation, Gawronski said it is a big accomplishment for the neighborhood to have the plan in place.

"What we've got, I think, it's a really good start with the neighborhood plan," he said.

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